14 Obama Administration Scandals

The press has called the Obama Administration “scandal-free”. Here’s a list of 14 scandals, at least according to someone who wants to find scandals.

Maybe you’re in the set of people who don’t believe these are real scandals. If so, this is what your hysterical coverage of Trump looks like to everyone outside your bubble.

But if you want Trump re-elected, keep it up.

14. The Senate seat for sale scandal

Before Obama even took office he was implicated in a scandal involving his soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat. ….

13. The New Black Panther Party Voter-Intimidation Scandal

In May 2009, the government was on the verge of victory by default in 2008 voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Attorney General Eric Holder inexplicably dropped the case in May 2009. ….

12. Obama’s Illegal Firing of an Inspector General 

Also in 2009, Barack Obama illegally fired Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General for the  Corporation for National and Community Service. ….

11. The Secret Service Prostitution scandal

In 2012, members of the Secret Service were caught up in a prostitution scandal during Obama’s visit to Columbia. ….

10. The Green Energy loans scandal

Does Joe Biden really think that when more than fifty clean energy companies backed by the Obama-Biden administration went bankrupt or found themselves in major financial trouble that isn’t a scandal? ….

9. The Fast & Furious scandal

The Obama administration sent two thousand firearms across the border in order to trace them to drug cartels, and lost hundreds of them. That’s pretty darn bad. But it got a whole lot worse when a  border agent was killed with one of those guns. ….

8. Obstruction of justice, lots of it

Obstruction of justice was standard operating procedure in the Obama administration from day one.  ….

7. The VA Backlog scandal

The Veterans Health Administration is notorious for large backlogs of benefits claims. While running for president, Obama promised to do better than his predecessor and reduce the backlog. When he took office, the backlog had been in decline, falling by nearly 100,00 during George W. Bush’s second term. Sadly, under Obama, the backlog started going back up. It didn’t just go up marginally… it more than doubled during their first term, from approximately 390,000 outstanding claims to roughly 884,000 outstanding claims. ….

6. The Sestak job offer scandal

Barack Obama violated at least four federal laws back in 2010, for offering then-congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA) a job in his administration in exchange for not challenging Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. ….

5. The Benghazi attack cover-up

The terror attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not only threatened the Obama-Biden administration narrative that they’d been crippling al Qaeda and making progress in the War on Terror, but it also threatened their reelection. So, they lied about it. ….

4. Media spying scandals

The media loved Obama, but Obama didn’t love them back. In fact, Obama abused the Espionage Act to target reporters and their sources. ….

3. The Iran Ransom scandal

A few short months after Obama had completed negotiations for the Iran Nuclear Deal, resulting in the lifting of sanctions and the unfreezing of billions in Iranian assets, the Obama administration made a shady payment to Iran in the amount of $400 million. ….

2. The IRS scandal

It’s amazing that anyone can still pretend the IRS to improperly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups wasn’t a scandal. Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division at the time, admitted it happened!  ….

1. The Trump spying /FISA abuse scandal

If spying on Donald Trump’s campaign wasn’t a scandal, what is?

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For Most Things, Recycling Harms the Environment

Is Recycling Useful, or Is It Garbage?
The problem with recycling is that people can’t decide which of two things is really going on.
One possibility is that recycling transforms garbage into a commodity. If that’s true, then the price of pickup, transport, sorting, cleaning, and processing can be paid out of the proceeds, with something left over. That’s how it is with real commodities, such as wheat or pork bellies, after all. It’s expensive and complicated to produce wheat or pork bellies, and then deliver them to the market in a form that they can be used. But people will pay you for the wheat or pork bellies. In fact, the “profit test” shows that people will pay you enough to cover all those costs and still have something left over.
The other possibility, and it’s a completely different possibility, is that recycling isn’t a commodity at all. But it is a cheaper or more environmentally friendly way to dispose of garbage. After all, if you bury something in a landfill, it’s gone. And you still had to collect it, transport it, and process it into the landfill. Recycling might cost money, but if you can sell the stuff for any price you are getting some of those costs back. Further, recycling keeps things out of landfills, and we systematically underprice landfill space. The reason is that we don’t want people dumping garbage in vacant lots or by the side of the road. But that means that recycling may be cheaper, all things considered, than using the space in the landfill. The problem is that “all things considered.” You really do have to add up all the costs — resources, money, convenience, environmental damage — of landfilling, and recycling, and then compare them.
These arguments are often muddled and mixed together, by both proponents and critics. And “recycling” is, after all, not just one homogeneous activity, but a whole collection of possible streams of waste or resources, each of which has to be evaluated separately. Should we recycle aluminum cans? Probably, because the price of recycling aluminum compares very favorably to using virgin materials, the mining and smelting of which are expensive in terms of energy and harmful to the environment. 
Should we recycle toilet paper? We could, at some price. But it’s likely not worth it, because it can be composted, it would be awfully hard to clean and sort, and in any case paper products are actually a renewable resource, rather like wheat. You rarely hear someone saying, “Save the wheat! Give up bread!” But that kind of argument is often made for paper, even though the trees grown to produce pulp are simply a fast-growing crop grown on farms expressly for that purpose.
For recycling to be a socially commendable activity, it has to pass one of two tests: the profit test, or the net environmental-savings test. If something passes the profit test, it’s likely already being done. People are already recycling gold or other commodities from the waste stream, if the costs of doing so are less than the amount for which the resource can be sold. 

American Institute for Economic Research

Batteries: A Forlorn Hope

(John Hinderaker) The most efficient wind turbines produce electricity around 40% of the time, solar panels far less often in most climates. So how do “green” energy advocates propose to produce electricity the 60% of the time when the wind isn’t blowing, or the 85% of the time (in some areas) when solar panels are ineffective?

Source: Batteries: A Forlorn Hope

Highlights of the News

Good news. Hillary is not your president.

ITEM 3: The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported:

  • In 1998, 63% of all federal arrests were of U.S. citizens; in 2018, 64% of all federal arrests were of non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens, who make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018.
  • The portion of total federal arrests that took place in the five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border almost doubled from 1998 (33%) to 2018 (65%).
  • Ninety-five percent of the increase in federal arrests across 20 years was due to immigration offenses.
  • In 2018, 90% of suspects arrested for federal immigration crimes were male; 10% were female.

So much for the urban legend that immigrants are less criminal than natives.

Source: Highlights of the News