Thursday, March 29, 2007

Democrat Culture of Corruption the Re-Mix

Senator Dianne Feinstein

In November 1992, a slow economy and public dissatisfaction with the status quo gave the Democrats the White House for the first time in 12 years. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton ran as a politically moderate "New Democrat" who was pro-business and pro-death penalty, focusing on the nation's economy ("It's the economy, stupid").

Clinton won 32 states, holding then-President Bush to 37.5 percent of the vote. While the Democrats regained the Oval Office and held Congress, the GOP picked up 10 seats in the House.

In 1994, Republicans, galvanized by Clinton administration missteps (including its ill-fated national health care proposal), [49 years if Democrat Congressional Corruption] ran on the "Contract With America," and took complete control of Congress for the first time since 1955.

Further, the GOP claimed 30 of the nation's 50 governorships, including eight of the 10 biggest electoral states, and drew even with the Democrats in many state legislatures.—Democratic Convention 2000,

Dianne Feinstein is a Democrat and she is corrupt. She is as corrupt as Liberals believe Halliburton is.

As chairperson and ranking member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 through the end of 2005, Feinstein supervised the appropriation of billions of dollars a year for specific military construction projects. Two defense contractors whose interests were largely controlled by her husband, financier Richard C. Blum, benefited from decisions made by Feinstein as leader of this powerful subcommittee. Blum was a majority owner of both URS Corp. and Perini Corp.

In 2006 now Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi read the Republican play book and re-coined the phase a Culture of Corruption and used it back on the Republican majority which had only been in power for 12 years opposed to the previous 49 year Democrat corrupted monopoly in the Congress. Pelosi used the short memory of voters and incompetent Republican politicians to orchestrate a sweep of Congress transferring power and control of the Congress to the Democrat Party. A Party that promised a new and ethical direction.

This is not the first time a Democrat sitting on a powerful appropriations committee has used their sacred trust to enrich themselves. Congressman John Murtha was the ranking Democratic member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and for three years he was the House's top recipient of defense industry cash. Few in Washington are surprised that his lobbyist brother, Robert "Kit" Murtha, was until his retirement this summer an enormously successful "earmark specialist" for the Beltway firm KSA Consulting. In recent years, Kit Murtha brought in a mother lode of earmarks for at least 16 defense manufacturers with business before the Appropriations Committee.

As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband's firms. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such MILCON projects.
In her annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports, Feinstein records a sizeable family income from large investments in Perini, which is based in Framingham, Mass., and in URS, headquartered in San Francisco. But she has not publicly acknowledged the conflict of interest between her job as a congressional appropriator and her husband's longtime control of Perini and URS--and that omission has called her ethical standards into question.

Since Senator Feinstein’s unethical behavior has been reported by Metro Active she has stepped down from MILCON.

Senator Feinstein has profited at the expense of U.S. soldiers in Iraq at a time when medical care for Iraq war veterans is inadequate. While leading MILCON, Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care meltdown. But she was not proactive on veteran's affairs.

Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised voters a new direction if Democrats were elected to Congress. From Halliburton to Senator Feinstein’s URS Corp. and Perini Corp now that’s a new direction!
Yeah back to Democrat Corruption!