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While I do realize that some (i.e., far too many) will not get too excited by this, I remain convinced that not-at-all hidden-anymore corruption like this is not only unseemly in the extreme but fundamental to the further corruption of the entire modern American governmental process. The tools and processes of our elected representatives to the first branch of government are really just commodities for personal enrichment and the resulting legislative ends — whether good or bad for us — are a completely incidental byproduct. “Follow the money” used to be the path to discovering political corruption, now the fully corrupt freely take delivery of wheelbarrows of ill-gotten cash right under the noses of the reliably incurious watchdog press — and We the People — to great and perfect silence. But, before going on, I should restate my now-standard disclaimer:
I often throw around the “completely corrupt” theme somewhat flippantly when talking about our beltway betters and the charade they perform for us while enriching themselves. Unfortunately, as definitive as that simple phrase may be, it really does understate just how much the operations of this Potemkin constitutional republic have been distorted and bastardized into one hell of a joke on us, We the People.
Many of you probably rightly guessed that I was going to focus on this headline (H/T):
Just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back on the idea that lawmakers should not be able to make individual stock trades while in office, her husband Paul bought shares in Google’s parent company Alphabet, Disney and Salesforce worth millions.
‘We’re a free market economy,’ Pelosi told reporters during a news conference on Dec. 15. ‘They [lawmakers] should be able to participate in that.’
Two days later, her husband went on a tech stock-buying spree. And he is apparently really good at such things:
Paul Pelosi has proven himself a prolific stock trader, so much so that social investing app Iris allows users to track their trades and be notified every time he makes a purchase so that they can do the same.
‘Every single stock she [Pelosi, through her husband] has bought in the last two years has gone up significantly,’ Christopher Josephs, cofounder of Iris, told Yahoo.
Unless I missed it, there is one little bit of information not covered in that article that is touched on here:
Some are raising questions about whether Pelosi is slow-walking bipartisan legislation that could adversely impact tech firms. So that puts an even sharper question on her buying tech shares.
A bit beyond mere insider trading but… (Hey, let’s join that idiot Liz and chase after that Jan. 6 squirrel yet again. But I digress.) And, once again, the fully corrupt Speaker is allowed to slip by with nothing more than this ridiculous brush-off:
Asked about the recent trades, Pelosi’s chief of staff and spokesperson Drew Hammill said that they had all been made by the speaker’s husband and she did not own any stocks herself. ‘
The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions,’ Hammill told DailyMail.com.
To this insulting piece of condescending crap, I can only repeat: Where I erroneously see unseemly behavior (or worse) our reliably incurious press (and every other controlling legal authority) seems to have keenly identified that, while it is a fact that the important flow of insider information is important in one direction only, a denial that there was a flow of information in the other direction is satisfactory and no real follow-up questioning is required of the obviously corrupt Speaker of the US House of Representatives. What a country!
But that was not even going to be the main focus this week. I intended to dive into an enlightening 20-page section of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets titled “It’s a Family Affair” from 2013 that details two of the most semi-elaborate and relatively sophisticated family corrupto-political syndicates at that time not operated by someone named Clinton. Namely, the Harry Reid (D) family from Nevada and the Roy Blunt (R) family from Missouri. But — as the saying goes — at this point, what difference does it make? Less than a decade later the Speaker of the House is literally stealing millions right before our eyes in neither elaborate nor sophisticated ways and offering nothing but laughably shallow non-explanations to a reliably incurious press while the masses totally ignore or prefer to be condescendingly dismissive of the whole thing.
What a country, indeed!Published in