White House scandals: Owing it all to Clinton
March 12, Investors Business Daily
Al Gore cannot be happy. Just as he locks up the Democratic nomination for president, the media are finally starting to report the Clinton Administration abused power and tried to cover up what they did. The Los Angeles Times reported Friday the conclusions of Justice Department special investigator Charles Labella on the need for an independent counsel to probe Clinton/Gore for fund-raising abuses. Labbela said that Justice Department officials were intellectually dishonest in use legal can portions to avoid investigating the president and Mrs. Clinton, Al Gore and and White House aide Herald Ickes. In his report, Labbela urged attorney general Janet Reno to appoint in independent counsel, but she refused to do so. She also kept the report itself confidential, even under the threat of contempt of Congress.
This wasn't Reno's first stone wall response. In 1997 faced with Al Gore's fund-raising phone calls from the White House she said, "the allegation that the vice president may have been soliciting hard money is insubstantial and I conclude it does not provide reasonable grounds for investigation." At the very least, Reno's actions looked and smelled funny. But at worst, suggests a criminal cover up so Clinton/Gore could keep their jobs. Now Gore wants a new job. But before voters and the media give it to him they should demand to know:
While an aide to the First Lady took an envelope full cash from a huckster, the president was enjoying himself with a 21 yr. old intern. While the Internal Revenue Service targeted political foes with audits, operatives rifled through FBI files for dirt on opponents. While the First Lady put the Justice Department on innocent travel office employees, Defense Department officials illegally released confidential information to the media.
At times, it seemed like everything was for sale in this administration: seats on trade trips, sleep overs in the Lincoln bedroom, coffee at the White House, and get out of jail cards to corporate contributors. Gore of course is now the sole of piety, saying he has learned from his mistakes, and please pass campaign reform.
Pardon us if we have a hard time accepting this ploy. Gore has much explaining to do-if not in court, then to the American people. The Clintons won't, nor will Reno.
1. David Gay writes;
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:58:02 -0600
From: David H. Gay <email@example.com>
To: LANGER STEVEN C <sglanger@Oakland.edu>
Subject: Re: lastcall
LANGER STEVEN C wrote:
> "What should the Justice Dept. do with Microsoft?"
Thinking about this over the last several months, I've
come to the
conclusion that there is a truly simple answer to this problem. The
Federal Government and several State Governments have come to the
conclusion that Microsoft has abused its monopoly powers. The simple
resolution if for those governments and their agencies to forgo any
future purchase of Microsoft products. They would not be allowed to take
bids for anything that includes a "contribution" to Microsoft either
directly or indirectly.
This should only effect 25% to 35% of Microsoft's market directly.
This is better than the current solution, where they say
misbehaved and "Oh, by the way, we are going to throw out all those
copies of WordPerfect and buy MS Office to replace it..."
Ed: Interesting thought. Back in the late 80's, the Pentagon had a rule that any OS they bought had to be POSIX compliant - which basically meant UNIX. Along came NT and someone at MS had the bright idea of bringing a PERL interpreter over to NT so they could write the basic "csh" commands in PERL. Ultimately they were converted to C and now MS claims NT is POSIX compliant (yeah, go ahead and try "fork" or "sys").
-- Justin Phelps, my nephew at the sight of the implosion
1. March 16: Initiative 695, which was passed by the voters last Nov. and said that car tabs should be based on a flat $30 rather then a percent of the car's value and that further tax increases had to be approved in referendum, has been found to violate the state's constitution by the King County state circuit court. The argument is that the constitution requires each ballot referendum to address a single issue. The court says that I695 addressed two points. Of course Tim Eyman, I695's author, wrote it the way he did because a similar bill limiting car tab taxes in Calif. a few years back was rendered ineffective when state lawmakers simply legislated other new taxes. Eyman was a victim of his own research. The budget restriction will remain until the decision is reviewed by the state supreme court.
2. March 5, Olympia: In the aftermath of ferry service sutbacks caused by I695, numerous private concerns have reapplied to the State for permits to operate foot ferry service. The plea goes before the state Congress which must have open hearings on the issue. The State Ferry workers union says the permits should be denied because public transportation jobs are protected by the state consitution, and private operators would not pay "decent" wages (i.e. over $40K/year for a starting postion with a high school diploma).
3. March 6, Olympia: State Ferry Workers Union members, utilizing state owned equipment, produced thousands of flyers to distribute among the ferry riders urging them to write their Congressmen to exempt ferrys from I695 cuts. The state AG has said that such a use of public funds to promote the interests of state employees is a conflict of interest and unconstitutional. The union disputes the claim.
1. 1 April, Redmond: Despite numerous rumors of a
settlment, the Justice Dept, has said it will go ahead with
its cases against Microsoft and seek punitive damages.
1. April 1: For the first time since 1941 the UW Badger Basketball sqaud made the final 4 in the NCAA payoffs. They were defeated today by the Michigan State Spartans 53-41, thus cruching hopes of a Cinderella season. The Spartans face Florida Monday night for the final.
1. 31 March, Virginia Tech: Researchers have isolated a chemical in tobacco that prevents Parkinson's Disease. Thus, the very industry that Janet Reno's Justice Dept. is trying to put out of business may be responsible for her cure (she is a Parkinson's patient). The researchers ackowledge that the negative correlation between smoking and Parkinson's has been known for decades, but until the isolation of this specfic compound, no one was aware of the causative agent.
1. March 24, NY City: The State of New York, flush with
their impending cash payoffs from tobacco lawsuits, has
begun the opening overture in their bid to rape and pillage
the gun industry. The State Attorney General has given an
ultimatum to all US gun manufacturers - either sign a
document permitting a state and citizen oversite board to
decide what guns will be made, or else. Colt and Smith and
Wesson said OK. GLock and Browning said no. The NY AG said
flat out, "If those corporations don't sign, they
better have their bankruptcy attorneys standing buy."
Ed: And so now the cat is out of the bag. At last a liberal admits that its all about power and money. Shocking. Soon, it will be the sellers of violent video games.
1. MArch 17: During his interview on "This Week",
National Rifle Assoc. Vice President Wayne LaPierre
was questioned by Cokie Robert's on whether the shooting of
a Detroit area child by a six year old had changed the NRA's
position on child safety locks. LaPierre noted
a) The NRA has never opposed safety locks, but that
b) he found it hard to see how a safety lock would have been in use by the child's legal guardian's, since they were running a crack house
LaPierre also said that Clinton/Gore are willing to
accept a certain amount of gun violence just to have the
political hay by giving lip service to more gun laws, rahter
like Al Gore giving lip service campaign finance reform.
Cokey said, "Certainly, you cannot mean that the President
would risk lives for political gain." Unperturbed, LaPierre
said, "What else would one conclude when in 1997 in the
aftermath of Brady there was a bill which would have given
Clinton nation wide FBI checks for gun sales, banned
virtaully all semi-automatic pistols, and the only reason he
vetoed it was that the bill proposed a 3 day cooling off
period when Clinton wanted 7 days."
1. David Limbaugh summarizes the month:
Treaties, triggers, tobacco, and tyranny
Why do you suppose the framers were so insistent that
virtuous men serve as president? To set a moral example for the
nation? Oh yes, but there's much more to it than that.
Before you Clintonoids wrongly assume I am waxing nostalgic for
impeachment and urge me "to move on," you should hear me out.
Despite the brilliant scheme of checks and balances incorporated
into the Constitution, the system is not foolproof against the
devices of clever and deceitful men.
No, I'm not referring to "lying under oath about sex." I'm
about Clinton's other flagrant abuses of executive authority making
headlines this week. They all illustrate just how much damage one
Constitution-disrespecting president and his administration can do
to the cause of freedom in this country.
This week, President Clinton urged India to comply with
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which the Senate
soundly rejected last year, and the Kyoto (global warming) Treaty,
which he hasn't even submitted to the Senate for ratification
because he knows he doesn't have the votes. In utter disregard for
the Senate's constitutional role in these matters, Clinton presses
forward with the unabashed arrogance of a totalitarian dictator.
On the environmental front, the EPA has announced that it
allow certain California farmers to harvest timber on their own
property because it would violate new water-quality regulations
governing a river adjacent to their land. Never mind the devastating
economic impact this could have on landowners whose livelihood
depends on their land use. Never mind that the EPA lacks statutory
authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate such "non-point
sources" of pollution.
On to tobacco. In an excellent article in the American
Byron York chronicles the extensive efforts of the Clinton Justice
Department to bring Big Tobacco to its knees. In 1996, the federal
government refused to join states in their litigation against tobacco
companies, saying they had no legal authority do so.
In the meantime, the states achieved an enormous settlement
tobacco, whetting Clinton's appetite beyond containment. When he
couldn't convince Congress to intervene, he directed the
always-compliant Janet Reno to reverse her earlier decision
declining to involve the Justice Department. Never mind that there
had been no change in the law authorizing Justice to proceed
against cigarette makers.
Clinton would not be deterred by that annoying nuisance of
document known as the Constitution. He proceeded primarily
under the Medical Care Recovery Act, a narrowly defined statute
allowing the federal government to recoup medical expenses on
behalf of military personnel injured by civilians. Using a tortured
interpretation, Clinton argued that the statute allows the
government to recover against tobacco companies the medical
costs expended on behalf of Medicare patients due to smoking.
York notes that "It's an interpretation of the law that strikes some
experts as almost breathtaking in its audacity." Stay tuned.
In another audacious move, Clinton's FDA tried to
tobacco as a drug. Thankfully this week, the Supreme Court, in a
5-4 decision, slapped down the FDA's attempted usurpation of
authority. The ever-brazen Clinton was unfazed by the ruling,
spinning it as a victory because the Court recognized tobacco as
"one of our most troubling public health problems facing our nation
today." He knows that Gore, if elected, can rectify this
constitutional obstacle by appointing activist judges.
To top it all off, the administration this week bullied
Smith & Wesson into adopting gun safety measures that Congress
had so far refused to legally mandate. In exchange, the company
was released from liability in lawsuits brought by more than 15
cities, the Federal Housing Authority and other groups seeking to
hold manufacturers legally responsible for violence caused by their
weapons. The lawsuit was never about recovering money, but
using the courts as a weapon to circumvent the democratic will of
Congress. Adding insult to injury, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo
has promised to use the economic coercion of the federal
government to force other recalcitrant gun manufacturers to get on
Without some modicum of honor being exhibited by our
and appointed officials, the Constitution is hardly worth the paper it
is written on. Without some respect for their proper constitutional
roles, we are all at the whim of their capricious abuses of authority.2000