Quantum Corruption – Part 1

 

Having been a news junkie for the better part of the last three and a half decades provides a certain perspective on the final stages as this Constitutional Republic augered into the dirt. (And continues to tumble toward the abyss. But I digress.) Smarter people may see it with less data but, see it I do. The glide slope had been set long ago in the early Progressive era but history should properly record that here at the end, when the nose dipped purposefully for a little extra speed on impact, it was not bad luck or a failure of good-faith leadership under a unworkable system / ungovernable people. It was the total corruption of the Beltway Ruling Class.

Yes, there has always been corruption in our Beltway Ruling Class. But, as I see it, it was of a somewhat self-limiting model involving the flow of the peoples’ money to domestic entities and the counter flow of the properly arranged percentage back to the accounts of the political machines. The Clinton’s changed that. Having skirted the law regarding foreign campaign contributions in the 1990s without consequences, they elevated the game into the modern perfection of a family crime syndicate utilizing an ex-President, a sitting Senator, a presumed future President, and the entire pay-for-play world beyond our borders. The rest of the Ruling Class watched for a better part of a decade while the Clinton crime family brought in scores and scores of millions of dollars while they were still playing domestic small-ball. As a proper writing of history will hopefully someday tell, the well-worn path for the rest of them into the higher-stakes game went straight through Ukraine. I suspect that is why the hastily engineered distraction of the first Trump impeachment was necessary. (HINT: It wasn’t just the Biden’s that were at risk.)

So I am a good bit of the way into Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich but before we get into this “well-worn path” I mention above, I thought it would be worth the time and effort to present a semi-unrelated case to show the operation in action. (I say semi-unrelated because this involved a different country but, it is worth noting that much of the Clinton game revolves around the nuclear industry.) Interestingly, this story starts with another familiar name:

On July 18, 2005, President George W. Bush and visiting Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh signed a letter of intent at the White House to allow India access to US nuclear technology. The agreement was part of a Bush administration policy to work closely with India to serve as a counterbalance to China. But the agreement required Congress to amend US law and make a special exception for India. – Page 65

The short version here seems to be that India did not want to have to live with the restrictions of joining the nonproliferation treaty (NPT) but some in the beltway wanted to give them all of the same benefits as if they had joined. As always, special treatment equals opportunity. And who do you think was sitting on the Senate Armed Services Committee.: Hillary Clinton.  Coincidently, I’m sure, Bill Clinton flew to India later that year to begin what became a very profitable relationship with a man named Amar Singh. That led to introductions to others who…

…couldn’t donate to Hillary’s presidential campaign, but they could and did write large checks to the Clinton Foundation. ([One individual] contributed between $1 million and $5 million.) Indeed, India quickly became a rich vein of Clinton Foundation support. In Washington, the Confederation of Indian Industry hired lobbyists to push for a nuclear deal; at the same time, they sent the Clinton Foundation a check for between $1 million and $5 million. … And there were mysterious donations never really accounted for – as we will see. – Page 70

Did I mention that Senator Clinton (and Team Clinton in general) had a long history of vocally supporting a strong NPT. Are you starting to get the feeling this is all just another beltway charade:

Hillary had not been a supporter of the bill; indeed, her closest aides were all publicly opposed to it. But in September 2008, as the bill’s fate hung in the balance, Amar Singh sat down for a two-hour dinner in Washington with Hillary. Opposition to the bill had come primarily from Democrats. Hillary had supported the “killer amendment’ two years earlier. It was even possible that the Senate might not vote on the bill. Yet in the days that followed, Singh expressed confidence based on what he heard from Hillary that the deal would go through.  – Page 73

With obscured millions of those ever so fungible US dollars secured through the blurring of the lines between the personal, the political, and the pseudo-charitable Clinton organizations,  let’s see how this comes out:

The vote was called, and the bill was passed. …

In the end, Hillary pushed for the passage of the Indian nuclear deal, despite the public opposition of her closest advisers and the fact that it was a clear reversal of her previous policy positions. As secretary of state, she would talk about her commitment to creating a “21st century version of the NPT,” while also insisting that “the NPT will neither be altered nor replaced.” But that is precisely what her efforts on behalf of the Indian nuclear deal had done. – Page 74

To quote an earlier Peter Schweizer book: “Washington may not be working for citizen, but it’s working quite well for the members of the Permanent Political Class who profit handsomely.”

Into the abyss…

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EPILOGUE

At the risk of going on too long, I wish to extend that last passage with material that may help set up my return to this larger topic in a later post:

Weeks after the vote, Hillary was nominated to be secretary of state by the newly elected Barack Obama. Part of the agreement struck with the Obama transition team was a requirement that the Clinton Foundation reveal the names of those who had donated money to the Foundation in the past and going forward.

One of those listed was Amar Singh, the Indian politician who had risen so quickly in Clinton World. The mention of his name got scant attention in US media, but those in India who tracked politics took immediate notice. The Clinton Foundation revealed that Singh had given between $1 million and $5 million. But there was a slight problem: based on Indian government financial disclosures, Singh’s net worth was approximately $5 million. If true, that meant Singh had given between 20 and 100 percent of his entire net worth to the Clinton Foundation! – Pages 74-75

There you have another case to utilize a healthy dose of the “suspension of disbelief” one has to use to not see the Clinton crime family for what it is. And, as usual with our reliably incurious press, no one has ever been pressured into explaining any of this. And if you don’t presume their take on this was well north of $15 million hinted at in the text here, then I suspect you just don’t understand the next level of corruption pioneered by Team Clinton.

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  1. BDB Coolidge
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    Go get ’em!

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  2. philo Member
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Go get ’em!

    If it really mattered, they would come get me. 

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  3. DonG (Keep on Truckin) Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    Go get ’em!

    What did he mean with that statement?  

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  4. BDB Coolidge
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    philo (View Comment):

    BDB (View Comment):

    Go get ’em!

    If it really mattered, they would come get me.

    The Clintons are the key to most of what’s wrong with this country.  There’s a lot of bunk, but there’s a lot of meat here, and I’m glad you’re on it.

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  5. DonG (Keep on Truckin) Coolidge
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    Bill and Hillary are the Henry Ford of grifting.   They turned opportunism into an assembly line of payola.  Nobody has done it better.  

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  6. Jim McConnell Member
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    DonG (Keep on Truckin) (View Comment):

    Bill and Hillary are the Henry Ford of grifting. They turned opportunism into an assembly line of payola. Nobody has done it better.

    All it takes is greed, unlimited ambition (on Hillary’s part) and a total lack of morality.

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  7. kedavis Inactive
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    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    DonG (Keep on Truckin) (View Comment):

    Bill and Hillary are the Henry Ford of grifting. They turned opportunism into an assembly line of payola. Nobody has done it better.

    All it takes is greed, unlimited ambition (on Hillary’s part) and a total lack of morality.

    Dennis Miller used to say that the Clinton marriage couldn’t be any more about convenience if there were a Slim Jim rack and a Slurpee machine at the foot of their bed.

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  8. philo Member
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  9. philo Member
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    philo (View Comment):

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    Sorry for the poor typing and proofreading. I have submitted a request to clean up some of it.

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  10. Unsk Member
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    The story of this massive corruption is really the story of the granting of unconstitutional powers to the”Adminstrative State ” and other Federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve. Why?

    Because the Supreme Court in the “Chevron” decision and others made these agencies the supreme arbiter of policy and in the end justice, or in other words the Supreme Court obliterated the “checks and balances” of the Constitution that checked corruption.

    Corruption was one of the prime government abuses of the English system that the  Constitution was written to fix. Power was to be transparent and based on a system of rules that provided “checks and Balances” in the abuse of power.

    The purposeful intent of the Supreme Court in these Administrative State Decisions was to destroy our Constitutional system   and replace it with one that was more amenable to a Socialist/Fascist abuse of power and also by the way the granting of corrupt power to it’s favored interests.

    That is why our present day corruption is so hard to fix. Most of the corruption we are seeing  has been made legal and put way behind very closed doors so the public is completely unaware of what is going on and seemingly unable to do anything about it. The Supreme  Court has created a nightmarish web of entangled special interest serving institutions that have been given the ultimate power to rule.  And rule and steal they have. Big Time.

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  11. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    This post concords with my view that America has become a corrupt oligarchy. Hard to read Schweitzer without having a sense that that is what America has become. The Ricochet podcasters (Lileks, Robinson, and Long) I’m sure disagree with that perspective—which makes me inclined to award them collectively the Pangloss award for the year.

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  12. GlenEisenhardt Coolidge
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    The worthless GOP is tied to big business BS as the religion and solution to everything in America. And big business is tied to globalist left wing trash. And the left is just tied to globalist left wing trash. This is why we can never act in our own interest and nothing moves or changes. 

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  13. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    GlenEisenhardt (View Comment):

    The worthless GOP is tied to big business BS as the religion and solution to everything in America. And big business is tied to globalist left wing trash. And the left is just tied to globalist left wing trash. This is why we can never act in our own interest and nothing moves or changes.

    It now appears that Biden is colluding with Russia and Iran to allow more Iranian and Russian oil production, as well as Venezuelan oil, but refusing to take the shackles off of American energy production. All in the effort to quasi-mitigate the political fallout of high oil prices here and to proceed with an Iranian nuclear deal that hastens Iranian nuclear weapon acquisition.

    It appears that in Biden’s mind, it is better to enrich and empower Russia, Iran, Venezuela, etc. than to let those evil Texans or Louisianans or Wyoming denizens, or Pennsylvanians, or Dakotans, etc.  improve economically with increased energy production. 

    It looks to me as if Biden is dead set on assisting Russia to proceed with its atrocities against Ukraine while enriching and empowering the worst actors on the Globe, no matter the harm done to America. How badly does Biden hate America?  Terminally, it looks to me. Seems like he sees America as the great satan, that needs to be destroyed. 

    Since that is the rhetoric of the far left, to which Biden seems beholden, are we to believe that extreme rhetoric is the underpinning of his policies?

     Electing Biden appears more and more to have been an act of national self-hatred, self flagellation, self immolation.

    Or is it just incompetence?  Never underestimate Joe’s ability to screw things up, Obama said.

    At a minimum, Joe seems to be governing as if his left brain and right brain no longer connect. Did someone sever his corpus callosum?

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  14. MiMac Thatcher
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    DonG (Keep on Truckin) (View Comment):

    Bill and Hillary are the Henry Ford of grifting. They turned opportunism into an assembly line of payola. Nobody has done it better.

    Do not count out Ol’Joe yet-he has time on his side & a bigger family to support….

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  15. Flicker Coolidge
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):
    Did someone sever his corpus callosum?

    I’ve never heard that employed as an insult before.

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  16. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    The DC elite seem to really dislike the rest of the country will kowtowing to every dictatorship or the Davos crowd. Look at the great reset or Brandon’s version “Build back better”.  

    We need to reduce the amount of control the central government has. 

    Federalism was the original design against this and it’s been a 100 year erosion of this ever since TR/Wilson for the growing centralization 

    We are part of the blame. How much more do we pay attention to what is happening at the federal level than the local level.  It is only be accident did parents wake up to what was happening at local public schools 

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  17. Steve C. Member
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    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt (View Comment):

    The worthless GOP is tied to big business BS as the religion and solution to everything in America. And big business is tied to globalist left wing trash. And the left is just tied to globalist left wing trash. This is why we can never act in our own interest and nothing moves or changes.

    It now appears that Biden is colluding with Russia and Iran to allow more Iranian and Russian oil production, as well as Venezuelan oil, but refusing to take the shackles off of American energy production. All in the effort to quasi-mitigate the political fallout of high oil prices here and to proceed with an Iranian nuclear deal that hastens Iranian nuclear weapon acquisition.

    It appears that in Biden’s mind, it is better to enrich and empower Russia, Iran, Venezuela, etc. than to let those evil Texans or Louisianans or Wyoming denizens, or Pennsylvanians, or Dakotans, etc. improve economically with increased energy production.

    It looks to me as if Biden is dead set on assisting Russia to proceed with its atrocities against Ukraine while enriching and empowering the worst actors on the Globe, no matter the harm done to America. How badly does Biden hate America? Terminally, it looks to me. Seems like he sees America as the great satan, that needs to be destroyed.

    Since that is the rhetoric of the far left, to which Biden seems beholden, are we to believe that extreme rhetoric is the underpinning of his policies?

    Electing Biden appears more and more to have been an act of national self-hatred, self flagellation, self immolation.

    Or is it just incompetence? Never underestimate Joe’s ability to screw things up, Obama said.

    At a minimum, Joe seems to be governing as if his left brain and right brain no longer connect. Did someone sever his corpus callosum?

    Politics!  Puddinhead Joe depends on the support of the radical green left. Allowing the expansion of domestic energy production is contrary to their religion.

    The joke is on them. Higher oil prices will call forth increased domestic production. 

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  18. philo Member
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    philo: …a certain perspective on the final stages as this Constitutional Republic augered into the dirt. (And continues to tumble toward the abyss. But I digress.) … history should properly record that…it was not bad luck or a failure of good-faith leadership under a unworkable system / ungovernable people. It was the total corruption of the Beltway Ruling Class.

    Related

    The deep commitment to an Iran nuclear deal that makes no sense has me convinced that a lot of people are either being bribed or blackmailed.

    Or worse. 

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    A special “Thank You” to the moderator staff / editing crew.

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    Sorry for the poor typing and proofreading. I have submitted a request to clean up some of it.

    A special “Thank You” to the moderator staff / editing crew.

    Trust me, I know.

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  21. GlenEisenhardt Coolidge
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    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    We need to reduce the amount of control the central government has. 

    40 years of this and it’s the democrat party that is the only party that cut any inch of government in the form of police budget cuts. The GOP hasn’t cut a penny of anything ever. And like they never secured the border they never will. And you can’t reduce the control Washington has over foreign policy and foreign trade deals. It isn’t in the jurisdiction of the states. We saw how piss poor state governments.and local governments behaved during the pandemic. Even GOP controlled ones. The solution here is better government. The solution is to take over with real policies like the parents have taken over school boards. We need to kick the bureaucrats and politicians who have been there for decades out. 

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  22. BDB Coolidge
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    GlenEisenhardt (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    We need to reduce the amount of control the central government has.

    40 years of this and it’s the democrat party that is the only party that cut any inch of government in the form of police budget cuts. The GOP hasn’t cut a penny of anything ever. And like they never secured the border they never will. And you can’t reduce the control Washington has over foreign policy and foreign trade deals. It isn’t in the jurisdiction of the states. We saw how piss poor state governments.and local governments behaved during the pandemic. Even GOP controlled ones. The solution here is better government. The solution is to take over with real policies like the parents have taken over school boards. We need to kick the bureaucrats and politicians who have been there for decades out.

    Mostly agreed.  The only thing worse than decentralized misgovernance is centralized misgovernance.

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  23. philo Member
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    See Part 2 

     

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  24. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Nanocelt TheContrarian (View Comment):
    Did someone sever his corpus callosum?

    I’ve never heard that employed as an insult before.

    But probably erroneous, as Biden doesn’t seem to have enough of a brain to have a split brain syndrome. 

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  25. GlenEisenhardt Coolidge
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    BDB (View Comment):

    GlenEisenhardt (View Comment):

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    We need to reduce the amount of control the central government has.

    40 years of this and it’s the democrat party that is the only party that cut any inch of government in the form of police budget cuts. The GOP hasn’t cut a penny of anything ever. And like they never secured the border they never will. And you can’t reduce the control Washington has over foreign policy and foreign trade deals. It isn’t in the jurisdiction of the states. We saw how piss poor state governments.and local governments behaved during the pandemic. Even GOP controlled ones. The solution here is better government. The solution is to take over with real policies like the parents have taken over school boards. We need to kick the bureaucrats and politicians who have been there for decades out.

    Mostly agreed. The only thing worse than decentralized misgovernance is centralized misgovernance.

    Agreed

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