Nepotism and Power

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  1. flacaltenn
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    We've allowed the 2 Brand Name to feather their nest on Capitol hill and foul our government... I cringe every time the issue of "campaign finance reform" comes up because frankly folks -- We don't have a money problem.. We have a problem of too much Congressional power to legally rack in bucks in exchange for favors..

    This recent "scandal" about Biden using his office and power to have a prosecutor fired in the Ukraine that was coming too close the nepotic job his son magically acquired, and BRAGGING about it is a good example.. But I'm not here to pick on INDIVIDUAL legislators.. The whole concept of nepotism in the Fed Govt needs review...

    And it IS NEPOTISM.. It's just not "illegal".. It's ONLY illegal if you place family members into GOVT positions that you oversee and to some small extent if your family are ALLOWED to lobby Congress..

    Using the power of your office to place relatives into cushy CORPORATE jobs (foreign or domestic) certain as HELL should be illegal, but it's not.. And the only references I can find to LIMITING this power these scam artists think we've given them -- is a number of bills to that extent that have been shot down over the years..

    There should be Ethics reform in Congress codifying certain practices as illegal...

    1) Using the power of your office or quid pro quo to induce corporations (foreign or domestic) or other organizations to hire or otherwise fund a family member.

    2) Using the power of your office to pick winners and losers in handouts of tax credits or tax breaks or guaranteed loans for any products of a corporation where that product is ALREADY on the market or demonstrated as ready for market.. If you gotta fund technology or product development -- it has to be uniformly available to all qualified players in the marketplace.

    3) Failure to recuse one's self from Committee votes that involve companies or organizations that have family members as employees or executive positions should be similarly illegal..
     
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    There are lots of laws on the books that are simply ignored already when they are... inconvenient. While those who attempt to enforce those laws against those in power tend to have..... accidents. While I agree with you that the corruption and nepotism needs to stop I don't believe that will happen without a high body count.

    "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
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    Not a chance in Hell.
     
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    flacaltenn We have the government that we deserve, corruption and all because approximately HALF the country supports it. Lying, stealing, corruption and self-enrichment is NO PROBLEM for half the country as long as there is a "D" by their name. Hillary set up a private server on which to conduct official state business in order to avoid oversight by the people and half the country had NO PROBLEM with it.

    I don't know if you believe in Jesus, but he said that this world belongs to Satan. He was right, of course. Don't expect to ever see significant improvement. In fact, you can safely expect that it's going to get worse.
     
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    Oh how precious , you talking about the Bidens when tramp puts his son in law and dtr in the WH without security clearances.

    Biden did attorney work and investments for the company. Just because tramps kids suck on their daddy like he sucked on his daddy, Joe Biden is one of the doesn't have money to be sucked upon.

    Now since Biden is going to be the new president, why don't he put Hunter and his new wife in the offices of the WH and without security clearances. Or hey Elizabeth Warren is free to do the same.
     
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    Term limits
     
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    Agreed, but no chance. That's one the founders missed.
     
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    Naw, we don't have a money problem. Just a bunch of plutocrats owning the shop, and doing with it as they please.

    And no, Joe did nothing for Hunter to get that job at Burisma, and no, Shokin was not investigating Burisma, and no, the oh-so-very vast, expansive power vested in the Vice-Presidency would not compel anyone outside the U.S. to lift a single finger, and no, Hunter's job was never the target of whatever investigation there was in Ukraine - the corruption investigated (for instance by the Britons and decried by the IMF, the EU, and the U.S.) occurred before Hunter took the job. Slight correction, all of the foregoing did happen, but only in the rightarded blabbosphere resonating with Trump-Giuliani propaganda to distract from the Dear Leader's extortion and abuse of power.

    So, your premises are all not of this world, and your conclusions therefore cannot but be lost in the vast underbrush of lies, distortions, willful misrepresentations and malicious propaganda that constitute the alt-right disinformation ecosystem. It's saddening to watch, particularly so as the issue of money in politics certainly needs to be tackled, seriously, based on a solid foundation of facts. "Nepotism" is but one section thereof, and not a particularly important one.
     
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