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Postby Buc2 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:06 am

Figured it was time to bring this thread back.

Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report

Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years

Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare

The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured – a $50,000 price tag per person at best

The law will still leave 'between 29 million and 31 million' nonelderly Americans without medical insurance

Numbers assume Obamacare insurance exchange enrollment will double between now and 2025

And then there's this

Americans on Disability Skyrockets 50%...

CBO Director Predicts Unsustainable Debt...

“Although the deficits in our baseline projections remain roughly stable as a percentage of GDP through 2018, as I noted, they rise after that. The deficit in 2025 is projected to be $1.1 trillion, or 4% of GDP, and cumulative deficits over the 2016 to 2025 period are projected to total $7.6 trillion. We expect that federal debt held by the public will amount to 74% of GDP at the end of this fiscal year, more than twice what it was at the end of 2007, and higher than in any year since 1950. By 2025, in our baseline projections, federal debt rises to nearly 79% of GDP
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Hell, Social Security is more sustainable than CrapCare is.

CrapCare in a picture...
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:41 am

Counterpoint...

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Obamacare will cost 7 percent less than expected over the next decade for federal subsidies to help lower-income people pay for private health insurance, congressional researchers said on Monday.

A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said insurance coverage would cost $964 billion from 2015 to 2024, $68 billion below its April 2014 projection, due to factors including lower than expected enrollment in federal and state insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Most of those subsidies, which help pay for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, could be in jeopardy from a U.S. Supreme Court case that seeks to prevent funds from going to consumers in 36 states who obtain coverage through the federal exchange. A ruling is expected by the end of June.

CBO expects 12 million people to enroll in private coverage this year and 21 million in 2016, vs. an earlier forecast of 13 million and 24 million, respectively.

CBO also expects private enrollment to fluctuate between 24 million and 25 million people each year beginning in 2017, fewer than the previous forecast that called for enrollment to stay steady at 25 million.

Even with slower enrollment in private insurance, CBO said higher-than-expected enrollment in the Medicaid program for the poor would help Obamacare reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 19 million this year and by 24 million to 27 million people each year from 2016 onwards.

Medicaid would cost the federal government $59 billion more than expected over the next 10 years as a result of higher enrollment under Obamacare, CBO said. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:12 pm

Baaaaaaahahahaha! CBC seems to be trying to please everyone on the same issue. Regardless, much of what I've read, CrapCare has been mostly a big failure. Perhaps that will change, but I'll believe it when I see it. Funny how, on the other side of the pond, they're working on unsocializing medicine. After many, many years of watching it fail, Britain seems to be starting to see it cannot work efficiently.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Buc2 wrote:Baaaaaaahahahaha! CBC seems to be trying to please everyone on the same issue. Regardless, much of what I've read, CrapCare has been mostly a big failure. Perhaps that will change, but I'll believe it when I see it. Funny how, on the other side of the pond, they're working on unsocializing medicine. After many, many years of watching it fail, Britain seems to be starting to see it cannot work efficiently.


Cameron is cutting the NHS along with a slew of social programs in the country in order to justify tax cuts. He insists that the healthcare is going to remain to be free. It's the equivalent hiring a government contractor to clean the office so you can fire the janitor.

He is banging away on austerity and trickle-down and using the threat of a "Greece style meltdown" to do it.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:48 am

Not really political news. More like food for thought. Or something you are free to argue about.

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S. Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

Think of it:

Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shinto’s = No Problem
Shinto’s living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shinto’s = No Problem
Shinto’s living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians =No Problem
Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem

Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
Muslims living with Muslims = Big Problem

**This lead to…**
They’re not happy in Gaza
They're not happy in Egypt
They're not happy in Libya
They're not happy in Morocco
They're not happy in Iran
They're not happy in Iraq
They're not happy in Yemen
They're not happy in Afghanistan
They're not happy in Pakistan
They're not happy in Syria
They're not happy in Lebanon
They're not happy in Nigeria
They're not happy in Kenya
They're not happy in Sudan

** So, where are they happy?**
They're happy in Australia
They're happy in England
They're happy in Belgium
They're happy in France
They're happy in Italy
They're happy in Germany
They're happy in Sweden
They're happy in the USA & Canada
They're happy in Norway & India
They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic.
And who do they blame? Not Islam... Not their leadership... Not themselves...
They blame the countries they are happy in! And they want to change the countries they're happy in to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy!

Islamic Jihad: An Islamic terror organization
ISIS: An Islamic terror organization
Al-Qaeda: An Islamic terror organization
Taliban: An Islamic terror organization
Hamas: An Islamic terror organization
Hezbollah: An Islamic terror organization
Boko Haram: An Islamic terror organization
Al-Nusra: An Islamic terror organization
Abu Sayyaf: An Islamic terror organization
Al-Badr: An Islamic terror organization
Muslim Brotherhood: An Islamic terror organization
Lashkar-e-Taiba: An Islamic terror organization
Palestine Liberation Front: An Islamic terror organization
Ansaru: An Islamic terror organization
Jemaah Islamiyah: An Islamic terror organization
Abdullah Azzam Brigades: An Islamic terror organization
And a lot more!
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:09 pm

When/if you have some time to kill...

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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:13 pm

California-school mind control: grades for “Gratitude”

By Jon Rappoport
January 30, 2015
http://www.nomorefakenews.com

The Sacramento Bee has the story. 1/27/15, “Grit and gratitude join reading, writing and arithmetic on report cards,” by Loretta Kalb:

“Across the state, report cards are undergoing a sea change in how students are measured for academic performance. Where teachers once graded students [only] on traditional math or English skills, they now judge attributes such as grit, gratitude or being sensitive to others…Districts are changing their report cards to reflect the new Common Core State Standards…”

“…when it comes to attributes such as grit or being sensitive to others, they [teachers] give [third-grade] students one of four marks: A for almost always, O for often, S for sometimes and R for rarely.”

Report cards for young children. Grit, gratitude, and sensitivity to others. Welcome to the madhouse.

Where are the massive parent protests? Apparently, nowhere. So they’re brainwashed as well.

In case I need to point this out: a child of eight isn’t naturally gushing gratitude and sensitivity toward others. In schools, these are taught values, and they are now attached to report-card grades. The child is being conditioned to behave in prescribed ways, in order to earn a “gold star.”

It’s all synthetic, artificial. It’s operant conditioning. The baffled clueless child learns to take cues. He learns to speak certain “grateful sensitive” words. He becomes a waddling little duck who’s taught how to quack. They all quack in concert.

As far as the schools are concerned, the child mustn’t think of himself as independent. There are no positive grades for that. Early on, he’s led into the goo-pond with the other kids.

The parents, clueless as well, can make no distinction between what a child learns on his own and what he is taught and how he is taught (conditioned). If the child appears appropriately “grateful and sensitive,” then he actually is.

The mothers and fathers are in for quite a surprise, later on, when their kid rebels against all this mind-control and turns into a hostile force. Or knuckles under, and acts like a perfect android.

This method of programming comes from the school of psychological behaviorism. Its foundation is the idea that personality develops from conditioning—because there is nothing else.

“No one is home” until someone else teaches him “how to be.” And that’s life, that’s experience, that’s perception. Case closed.

This is all true for a computer or a car or a toaster, but it doesn’t happen to be true for a child.

Let’s stop calling them schools. Let’s call them conditioning centers.

“Yes, my little Jimmy is doing quite well at the conditioning center. He says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ forty times a day. His sensitivity responses are in the ninetieth percentile, and his gratitude quotient is eighty, up from seventy-two a year ago. We’re thrilled. Last night, when we went for ice cream, he told us he appreciated our sensitivity to his preference for a cone over a dish…”

Flash forward a few years: “We don’t understand. Jimmy burned down the garage last night. When we asked him why, he stared at us in a challenging kind of way and said he was expressing his gratitude for fire. The psychiatrist told us over the phone that Jimmy has a dissociative disorder. He needs medication to calm him down. He has a chemical imbalance…”

Or how about this: “Last week in school our Bobby learned more about sexual parts of the body. He was also instructed about gender-reassignment surgery. He told us he was sensitive to people’s choices in life…”

Good for you, Bobby.

It’s wonderful. Who are these crazy terrorists who want to home-school their kids?
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Re: Random Political News

Postby HamBone » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:50 pm

Odd...I have yet to see that on my kids report cards.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:44 am

Buc2, where did you find that stupid drivel? Inforwars?

You are way too smart to fall for that tinfoil hat bullshit.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:56 pm

With the latest unemployment numbers due out today, I figured this might be a good time to post some actual numbers before we're subjected to the distorted numbers...

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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:12 pm

Uh oh. Obama's gone and done it this time. It's usually Biden that says stupid ****.

President Barack Obama set off a firestorm Thursday morning by comparing ISIS barbarity to the Crusades.

Obama recalled the savagery carried out nearly one thousand years ago in the name of Christ while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, in Washington, D.C., but his equivocation fell on outraged ears.

The president railed against the Islamic State, calling it "a brutal, vicious death cult" that slaughters and enslaves innocents all in the name of religion.

His next comments, which recalled "terrible deeds ... including slavery" that happened during the Crusades and were "justified in the name of Christ."

He then said: "We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends." Care to clarify what "our religion" is Mr. President? LOL!

By "our religion," Obama meant any religion, veteran White House reporter Mark Knoller noted on Twitter, but several people took exception to the remark, wondering aloud on Twitter which religion the president was referring to.

"Our nation is stronger when people of all faiths feel they are welcome," Obama continued. "So humility is needed."

Reaction to the remarks was swift and fierce. Conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin led the charge.

"ISIS chops off heads, incinerates hostages, kills gays, enslaves girls. Obama: Blame the Crusades," she wrote on Twitter.

Another conservative pundit, Dereck Hale, also vented his outrage on Twitter.

"I am shocked, shocked that the guy who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years would defend Islamic violence by attacking Christianity," tweeted Hale.

"So Obama's not interested in fighting radical Islam today because of stuff Christians did in the 11th Century," Conservative media watchdog Matt Philbin tweeted.

Several people also pointed out the Crusades were in response to violence perpetrated by Muslims.

"Yes, let's all pretend Islam had nothing to do with the Crusades," J.R. Holmstead angrily wrote on Twitter.

"Did the [president] happen to mention the reason for those crusades," another person asked.

Several people pointed out the Crusades happened 800-1,000 years ago.

"When you have to go back that far for an example, you've made the point that Christianity doesn't engage in such behavior," R.D. Brewer tweeted.

Obama may or may not address the reaction to his controversial comparison, but that likely will not keep conservatives from hammering him for it.

"I have had [it] with equivocating," tweeted Stacey Lennox. "SERIOUSLY had it."

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Oh the humility! Oh the faux outrage! Wah.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Mountaineer Buc » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:38 pm

A Florida congressman is not backing off his assertion that Texas is a "crazy state," and he's now citing an old law restricting dildos to make his case.

"One of their cities has a law that says that women can only have six dildos, and the certain size of things," Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told CNN. "And if that ain't crazy I don't know what is."

Hastings may have been referring to a law that was struck down in 2008 restricting the sale of sex toys. As Lone Star Q points out, Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who was the state's attorney general at the time, actually went to court in an attempt to uphold the dildo ban.

The law in question includes, "A person who possesses six or more obscene devices or identical or similar obscene articles is presumed to possess them with intent to promote the same."

Hastings called Texas a "crazy state" during a committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act on Monday, causing Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), to demand an apology. It also led to a memorable segment on "The Daily Show" pitting their two states against one another.


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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:45 pm

No kidding. Casting stones is not very wise.

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/florida
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Corsair » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:34 pm


Joe Biden Tells Netanyahu To Go Eff Himself, Will Travel Instead Of Attending Speech To Congress

Author: Stephen D Foster Jr February 7, 2015 11:50 am

Vice President Joe Biden has officially responded to an invitation to attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and it’s a giant middle finger.

A day after President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address, House Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli Prime Minister to the United States to speak to a joint session of Congress. You know, because Republicans can’t make up their minds about whether they want to follow Netanyahu or Vladamir Putin as their true leader.

Anyway, Boehner and his Republican co-conspirators made the invitation in violation of established protocol. They failed to consult or seek permission from the White House to bring a foreign leader to American soil to speak to Congress. The sole purpose of the GOP invitation is their effort to sabotage nuclear negotiations between the US and Iran. The diplomatic talks are close to securing an agreement that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, thus easing tensions in the region, especially between Israel and Iran.

Of course, outrage ensued and even Fox News expressed shock that Republicans would go this far to undermine President Obama.

How far did they go? So far that Republicans broke a law first passed by our very own Founding Fathers in 1799 known as the Logan Act, which made it illegal for any unauthorized American citizen to negotiate with foreign leaders. Only the executive branch has that power.

Since Boehner’s announcement that Netanyahu would speak to Congress, many Democrats have vowed to skip the speech. And traditionally, the vice-president would be there as president of the Senate. But Joe Biden has decided that he would rather be in another country entirely instead of being present for Netanyahu’s toxic speech, which has already damaged relations between Israel and the United States. An official representing Biden told the Jerusalem Press that Biden will be too busy traveling to attend.

“We are not ready to announce details of his trip yet, and normally our office wouldn’t announce this early, but the planning process has been underway for a while. We will announce additional information as soon as we are able.”

In other words, Joe Biden just told Netanyahu to go f*ck himself. And rightfully so. By accepting Boehner’s invitation, Republicans and Netanyahu have insulted and are disrespecting President Obama and the White House. Consequences must follow and this should merely be the opening salvo. Next up, taking away the $3 billion of defense spending American taxpayers provide to Israel every year. This would send the loudest message of all. You disrespect our president, you disrespect the American people. And if you can’t respect us, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate our “friendship.” It’s that simple.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:59 am

I have no problem cutting off Israel so long as every country in that entire region is also pulled of the USA teat. Including getting the **** out of the region militarily. Embassy's? No problem. They can stay.
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Postby Mountaineer Buc » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:51 am

The Republican Congress would never even threaten to cut off the $3 billion. So this is more of a pissing match than anything.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:21 pm

No commentary needed.

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Re: Random Political News

Postby Corsair » Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:41 pm

That phrase you use... I don't think it means what you think it means.
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Postby Buc2 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:52 am

I think this will be a pretty cool event. I'll be interested in seeing how our media covers it.

$10,000 MUHAMMAD ART AND CARTOON CONTEST TO BE HELD AT SITE OF ‘STAND WITH THE PROPHET’ CONFERENCE IN TEXAS

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Pamela Geller is planning a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.

Geller’s event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the “Stand with the Prophet” conference at the public school district’s conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.

During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that Muslims are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. “Thousands of Americans said ‘no way!’”

“The media can smear us and the President can stand with them,” Geller said. “We the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, it’s today. We dwarfed them.”

“If the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,” Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. “That said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, that’s not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.”

“Enough is enough,” she explained. “They’re just cartoons. We’re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become — with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can’t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it — and with it, free society.”

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Re: Random Political News

Postby HamBone » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:16 pm

So, that ISIS group...that's a tolerant bunch. Thank goodness they are JV.
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Re: Random Political News

Postby Buc2 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:31 pm

Would be funnier if not so true.

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Re: Random Political News

Postby Corsair » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:34 pm

Buc2 wrote:Would be funnier if not so true.


What's true about it?

Q: What percentage of the airstrikes leveled on ISIS have been US munitions?

A: 85%
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Re: Random Political News

Postby acaton » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:17 pm

Buc2 wrote:Would be funnier if not so true.

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****ing funny right there...outstanding.
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Postby Corsair » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:27 pm

90 Pounds Of Cocaine Found On Cargo Ship Owned By Anti-Drug Senator’s Family

A cargo ship connected to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was recently stopped and searched before departing from Colombia. During the search, Colombian Coast Guard agents seized roughly 90 pounds of cocaine.

The drugs were found on the Ping May, which is a vessel operated by the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a company owned by Mitch McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. This connection is not only relevant because of the family connection, but also because the Chao family has often made large donations to McConnell’s campaigns.

In fact, the Chao family has been funding McConnell since the late 1980s. Years later, in 1993, McConnell married Elaine Chao and secured the Chao family as one of his primary sources for investments.

A gift worth somewhere between 5 and 25 million dollars from the Chao Family made McConnel one of the richest senators in the country in 2008.

The Foremost Maritime Corporation is currently operating 16 dry bulk cargo ships, most of which are currently still in service.








Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company

After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating.

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Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law, James Chao (second from right), at the christening of the Ping May in Shanghai (Image: Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation)

Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about ninety pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.

The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family.

Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag.

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McConnell’s ties to the Chaos go back to the late 1980s, when James Chao began donating to the senator. In 1993, McConnell married James’s daughter, Elaine Chao, a Republican activist and former Reagan administration official who would later serve as secretary of labor in the George W. Bush cabinet. James Chao emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and founded the Foremost Maritime Corporation upon settling in New York. The company has grown significantly over the years, from acting as maritime agent during the Vietnam War to controlling a fleet of approximately sixteen dry-bulk cargo ships in operation today.

Foremost acts as a shipping agent, purchasing vessels made primarily in China and coordinating shipment of commodities. Records reviewed by The Nation reveal that Foremost transports corn, chemicals and other goods to cities throughout the world. The company has offices in New York and Hong Kong.

Some of the goods shipped by Foremost echo themes of the McConnell campaign. At a Young Professionals Association of Louisville event this month, McConnell stressed his opposition to carbon dioxide limits imposed by the federal government that would impact the domestic coal market. He argued that such efforts would be fruitless given the role of coal in developing countries and the rising coal trade. Foremost ships routinely transport coal from ports in Australia and Colombia, countries with cheap coal, for export to Asia and Europe.

The firm, however, leaves a faint online trace. Foremost’s website FMCNY.com is blank. Records and court documents obtained by The Nation show that the ownership of the company’s vessels—with names such as Ping May, Soya May, Fu May and Grain May—is obscured through a byzantine structure of tax entities. Most of Foremost’s vessels are flagged in Liberia, which ensures that crew members of Foremost’s ships work under Liberia’s maritime labor laws, which critics note allow for intimidation in the workplace and few protections for labor unions. In addition, a Liberian “flag of convenience” allows ship owners to pay lower tonnage taxes than ships that fly the US flag. Maritime companies have increasingly used the Marshall Islands to register their vessels. The jurisdiction boasts of “no taxation, lax regulation, and no requirements for disclosure of many corporate details—even to the United States government,” according to a report in World Policy Journal.

The recent seizure of cocaine on a Foremost coal ship came as authorities in Colombia have stepped up anti-drug trafficking enforcement in the region. The Nation spoke to Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta, who told us that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of an ongoing investigation, but that no charges have yet been filed. His team found the cocaine in forty separate packages.

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Picture provided by the Colombian Navy after the cocaine seizure (image: armada.mil.co)

Contacted by telephone, a representative of Foremost said he is “obviously going to have no comment on this one.”

McConnell has benefited in many ways from his relationship with his in-laws.

The Republican Senate minority leader’s personal wealth grew seven-fold over the last ten years thanks in large part to a gift given to him and his wife in 2008 from James Chao worth between $5 million and $25 million (Senate ethics forms require personal finance disclosures in ranges of amounts, rather than specific figures). The gift helped the McConnells after their stock portfolio dipped in the wake of the financial crisis that year, and ensured they could pay off more than $100,000 in mortgage debt on their Washington home.

The generous gift made McConnell one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with a net worth averaging around $22.8 million, according to The Washington Post’s review of his financial disclosures.

Following the gift, McConnell sent a letter of congratulations to an auditorium of Chinese officials in Shanghai who were gathered for an event honoring James Chao’s wife (McConnell’s mother-in-law, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, who passed away in 2007). The Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, created in her honor, regularly hosts students from the University of Louisville, where McConnell has a leadership academy bearing his name that sends students on trips to China.

The ties between McConnell and his in-laws have come under scrutiny before. In 2001, they were probed in depth by The New Republic in an article that charged that McConnell led an effort to soften his party’s criticism of China. Through James Chao, who was a classmate of Jiang Zemin, the president of China in the ’90s, McConnell and his wife met with Jiang several times, both in Beijing and in Washington. McConnell subsequently tempered his criticism of Chinese human rights abuses, and broke with hawks like Senator Jesse Helms to support Most Favored Nation trading status with China. As Foremost established closer ties with mainland China, McConnell endorsed the position that the United States should remain “ambiguous” about coming to the defense of Taiwan. In 1999, McConnell and his wife appeared at the University of Louisville with Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing. Li used the opportunity to bash congressional leaders for rebuking China over its repression of the Falun Gong religious sect. “Any responsible government will not foster evil propensities of cults by being over-lenient,” Li reportedly said at the event with McConnell and Chao. Rather than distance himself from the remarks, McConnell reportedly spoke about his “good working relationship” with Li.

Last Friday, McConnell dipped into his personal fortune to lend his own campaign $1.8 million for the final week before the election. Members of the Chao family and employees of Foremost have also given over $90,000 in contributions to McConnell over the years.

Requests for comment to the McConnell team about the Ping May cocaine incident have gone unanswered.

McConnell has positioned himself over the years as a tough on drugs politician. In 1996, McConnell was the sole sponsor of the Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act, a bill to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for those caught with certain amounts of marijuana. A press release noted that his bill would make “penalties for selling marijuana comparable to those for selling heroin and cocaine.”

In recent weeks, McConnell has touted his role in calling for more federal money to be used for drug enforcement.

What makes this case even more interesting is that McConnell is well known as a staunch prohibitionist. In 1996, McConnell sponsored “The Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act”, a bill designed to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for people caught with marijuana.

Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta told The Nation that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of the investigation, but that they have yet to file any charges in the case.

The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.

We have seen this all before during alcohol prohibition, where the government, law enforcement and organized crime were all working together and making an unbelievable amount of money in the black market. When black markets are created the crime rate goes up, taxes go up, prices go up and the police become more corrupt, all of this is inevitable. These are in fact the very consequences that any type of prohibition intends to create.

To solve these problems all that we have to do is end all prohibitions, this would cripple the black market and drastically reduce violence. This would also drastically reduce the reach of police and the state in general, which is why it is looked at as such an impossibility. Drug laws don’t do anything to prevent drug problems in our society, they only encourage violence, raise prices and criminalize half of the population.
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How much you wanna bet the mainstream conservative media completely ignores this?
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Postby acaton » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:32 pm

What a great find, espically with little in the world news.
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Postby Corsair » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:57 pm

acaton wrote:What a great find, espically with little in the world news.

LOL!
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Hey I am serious...can't believe his racist ass isn't in prison right now.
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Progressivism disappearing up its own dirty ***hole.

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Jonny wrote:Progressivism disappearing up its own dirty ***hole.



I fail to see the connection between your comment and a video about a sociology experiment.
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