Bush

"March 4, 2006 I said it, and I'm right on this time. Somehow being right about this just doesn't have that 'feel good' feeling about it."

  President G W Bush (gag, spit spit spit )GWB
who calls himself a conservative, has spent more money than all previous presidents COMBINED. He doesn't do this alone. I recently watched a program showing how congress has just gone wild on a spending spree and Bush has not vetoed a single item. Senators would be bribed with like 15 or 20 million dollars if they would vote for a certain thing e.g. NAFATA. I believe the program was a series on PBS called NOW and while a very left wing program you can't deny facts. So just why is it nobody does anything? Think about this. Our only chance is if al Qaeda sneaks a nuke into Washington DC and incinerates those greedy ass holes. The Smithsonian would be a loss but just thinking about 50,000 lawyers going up is smoke makes my heart flutter. Think about it, please......

George Bush, a failing tax shelter salesman (in the 80's) bought a 2% interest [with $600,000] of borrowed money, on a scheme to buy the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, and bilk the residents out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The first thing they did was threaten to move this mediocre team somewhere else. So the Arlington voters, in a special election voted in a one/half percent sales tax increase to buy land and build a new stadium for the team. They needed 17 acres for the stadium but Bush wanted 200 acres for development. Not everyone wanted to sell at the bottom price offered so Bush had the city seize the property under the power of eminent domain which although you are supposed to get a fair price simply declaring e.d., automatically lowers the price of everything. The Mathes family didn’t think the $800,000 offered for their 13 acres was a fair price and had the means to take them to court. After a short deliberation the court awarded the Mathes with 5 million for their property and although they still didn’t want to sell were forced out. Their land eventually ended up as parking lot at the edge of the complex. The city had created a sports authority who built a beautiful brick and granite stadium and then negotiated a rent to own deal for the stadium on a dollar for dollar basis, 0% interest including the cost of maintaining the stadium. On top of that they had the option to buy the stadium for $60 million even though it cost 3 times that to build. The lawyer who represented the sports authority in this miraculous deal was Ray Hutchison a Republican insider married to Senator Kay Hutchison, the leading Texas authority on municipal bond finance.

Are you following this? Bush [with a 2% interest] and his investors bought the 'Rangers' (baseball team) for 86 million. They got the city to clear 200 acres (evicting people using eminent domain) and build a beautiful stadium for them @ Zero percent interest, rent-to-own and an option to buy at any time at 1/3rd the cost. All at taxpayer expense.

They sold the rangers nine years later for 250 million, 164 million profit and still 38.5 million less than the subsidy. Bush called it a 'win win for investment' in 98. (Win for him, win for his investors and the taxpayer picked up the bill) On his 98 tax returns he made public, he reported 17 million in long term income gains. Based on the stake he made, he should have reported just over 2 million but the rest was the 10% from the investors, not an uncommon business practice. But the 15 million is specifically addressed in the IRS rules and should have been taxed at 39.6% because it was not long term gain as Bush reported. A difference of about 3.7 million. It was about this time (1989) Bush (GW) bought his ranch near Waco with his 'earnings.' Bush was elected governor of Texas in 94.

The chance of Bush getting audited by the IRS was highest in 99 & 2000 & it just happens that those two years for the first time ever, the IRS concentrated on people earning less than $25,000 a year. I left a lot out, it is actually much worse then I can tell in so many words.

Snippet taken from a book by David Cay Johnston called "Free Lunch."

Lets not forget what Bush (one of em) did for medicare part IV the multi billion give-a-way to the pharmaceuticals.   The US government will now pay pharma directly for medicare prescriptions.  No chance for fraud there <sic>.

And when people tried to buy the same exact drug from cheaper places their mail was intercepted (illegally).

From the Boston Globe

US steps up seizures of imported drugs

Warnings sent for prescriptions

Thousands of Americans who order prescription drugs from Canada have received written notice that their medications have been seized, part of a US government crackdown on the cross-border discount trade.

The increase in seizures and the strong legal warnings issued to consumers mark a shift in policy for the Bush administration, which until now has rarely acted against individuals who buy drugs from Canada. The enforcement policy, which began last fall, is drawing fire from members of Congress.

Nancy Popkin, a Salem resident who has been ordering the osteoporosis treatment Fosamax from Canadian pharmacies for years, was one of those recently targeted. Popkin said she was surprised when, instead of her usual shipment of 12 tablets, she was mailed a form letter accompanied by a flier featuring a snake coiled around a drug bottle.

The notice, from the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, said her medication had been seized because ''virtually all" drugs imported by individuals into the United States are unapproved for consumption here or are dispensed without a valid prescription. The letter cited a federal statute, although there is no penalty for violating it.

Popkin was warned that only drug makers can import prescription medications from foreign countries -- even if they were manufactured in the United States.

There is not a lot of this info left on the WEB, politicians have a way of 'cleaning up' history...  gb

http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/diseases/articles/2006/03/26/us_steps_up_seizures_of_imported_drugs/?page=full


The Bush pardons

Now this is Rich: They include a Watergate felon, a Cuban exile terrorist and a Pakistani heroin smuggler. But where was the outrage then?

Hearing all the indignant noise about the Clinton pardons, the average citizen might understandably think that the granting of presidential clemency had never been tainted by campaign contributions, political connections or insider access. That mistaken perception, promoted by lazy journalists and partisan pundits, is being exploited by Republicans on Capitol Hill (who are never, ever influenced by rich donors).

The truth — as anyone who glances back into the history of the first Bush administration can quickly learn — is that Clinton hasn’t done anything that his predecessor didn’t do first and, in some cases, worse.

The widely and justly criticized pardons of Caspar Weinberger and other Iran-Contra defendants by George Herbert Walker Bush should have been just the beginning of that story. Yet, for reasons best known to the incorruptible watchdogs of the Washington press corps, Poppy’s self-interested mercy upon Weinberger instigated no searching examination of the other pardons granted by the departing president. Indeed, the final dozen pardons given by Bush — including the unexplained release of a Pakistani heroin trafficker — received virtually no coverage at all.

The elder Bush delivered a few highly questionable pardons well before his last days in office. The very first of his presidency went to Armand Hammer, the legendary oilman best known for his relationships with Soviet leaders dating back to Lenin. In an investigation that grew out of Watergate, Hammer had pleaded guilty in 1975 to laundering $54,000 in illicit contributions to Nixon’s reelection war chest. By the summer of 1989, when Bush gave Hammer what he wanted, the aging chief of Occidental Petroleum had been pestering government officials on his own behalf for several years.

Considering his original offense, it was ironic that Hammer won what he called the “vindication” of a presidential pardon only months after he poured well over $100,000 into Republican Party coffers, and another $100,000 into the accounts of the Bush-Quayle Inaugural committee. (In author Edward Jay Epstein’s excellent biography of the oilman, there is a photograph of Hammer, his girlfriend and President Bush together at the White House in April 1990. Such visits were perks for members of Bush’s “Team 100,” as the GOP’s most generous donors were known.)

At the time, Hammer’s pardon made news, partly because his request had been turned down by President Reagan several months earlier. But nobody seemed to notice the nexus between the oilman’s generosity to Bush and the new president’s mercy upon Hammer.

The only hint of Hammer’s influence-buying came from former Watergate prosecutor Henry Ruth, who wasn’t consulted by the White House before Hammer’s pardon was granted. “My view of the pardon process is that it should be given only in extraordinary circumstances, and I haven’t heard of any” in Hammer’s case, Ruth told the Los Angeles Times. Ruth thought the undeserved favor had been given only because Hammer was “rich” and “powerful.”

Another intriguing fact went almost unnoticed back then, too. Hammer’s team of attorneys included not only a close friend of Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, but also a very close friend of Bush’s new White House counsel C. Boyden Gray, whose job included passing on pardon requests to the president. The Gray pal hired to help Hammer was a former Reagan Justice Department official named Theodore B. Olson. Now that Olson has been nominated as Bush’s solicitor general, perhaps he will offer insights on the history of presidential pardons during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Surely Olson would testify that campaign contributions and insider influence should have nothing to do with the process.

An even more dubious case than Hammer’s also reached Bush’s desk during the first year of his presidency. In 1989, prominent Cuban-Americans in Florida began agitating for the release of Orlando Bosch, a notorious anti-Castro terrorist then serving a prison term for entering the United States illegally. American intelligence and law enforcement authorities firmly believed that Bosch was responsible for far worse actions, including the 1976 explosion that brought down a Cuban airliner, killing all 76 civilians aboard, although Venezuelan prosecutors had failed to convict him of that terrible crime. There was certainly no question that Bosch was an advocate of terror and had been involved in numerous bombings.

http://www.salon.com/2001/02/27/pardons_3/