oh noes… I agree with Kucinich

March 20, 2011
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“They consulted the Arab League. They consulted the United Nations. They did not consult the United States Congress,” one Democrat lawmaker said of the White House. “They’re creating wreckage, and they can’t obviate that by saying there are no boots on the ground. … There aren’t boots on the ground; there are Tomahawks in the air.” “Almost everybody who spoke was opposed to any unilateral actions or decisions being made by the president, and most of us expressed our constitutional concerns. There should be a resolution and there should be a debate so members of Congress can decide whether or not we enter in whatever this action is being called,” added another House Democrat opposed to the Libyan operation. they are right here. what are we doing. who are we defending? what is our goal. this is crazy. the Democratic party has no grounding or reason. They one an election as pacifists and they are entering Libya with less reason then Iraq.

A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.
Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

they are right here. what are we doing? who are we defending? what is our goal? this is crazy! The Democratic party has no grounding or reason. They won an election as pacifists and they are entering Libya with less reason then Iraq?

Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq — only to be blocked by his own leadership — asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.
Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn’t object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for American participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone during a White House Situation Room meeting on Friday, sources told POLITICO.
And liberals fumed that Congress hadn’t been formally consulted before the attack and expressed concern that it would lead to a third U.S. war in the Muslim world.
While other Democratic lawmakers have publicly backed Obama — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and top members of the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence committees — the objections from a vocal group of anti-war Democrats on Capitol Hill could become a political problem for Obama, especially if “Operation Odyssey Dawn” fails to topple Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi, leads to significant American casualties, or provokes a wider conflict in the troubled region of North Africa

via politico.com
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JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN | 3/19/11 4:27 PM EDT

Maxine Waters violated pledge to help the poor with Scandal Bank

September 10, 2010
OneUnited said it would partner with the city to offer the mortgages to first-time and current homeowners, and provide financial literacy training to residents. “As a child of an inner-city community I can tell you, it doesn’t get any better than this,’’ the bank’s president, Teri Williams, told the crowd that day.
But no loan program ever emerged — one in a long list of failures by the nation’s largest minority-owned bank, which is controlled by Williams and her husband, Kevin Cohee, the bank’s chairman.
seven other banks that partnered with the city to provide affordable mortgages have made more than 1,000 loans to residents since 2005. Those banks include community institutions like East Boston Savings Bank and Hyde Park Savings Bank, as well as giants like Bank of America and Citizens Bank.
Cohee said OneUnited has been in “research-and-development’’ mode since the financial crisis, when it lost $50 million it had invested in the mortgage agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were taken over by the government.
“We’ve really been focused on this issue of how to have a widespread, a nationwide impact on job creation,’’ Cohee said. “The stuff we’re coming out with is absolutely cutting edge, absolutely state of the art.’’
Yet OneUnited is shrinking by almost any measure. Its assets, once over $650 million, have fallen by more than $132 million. Bank analysts point to the institution’s declining deposits, and expenses that now exceed the income the bank earns on loans. They also note that the bank has set no new money aside this year for potential losses on millions of dollars in past-due customer loans.
“That’s a big red flag’’ when regulators examine the books, said Suzanne Moot, a banking analyst in Milton. “If I were a regulator, I’d be talking to them.’’
Cohee further alienated his supporters in Washington last month when police arrests came to light that dated back to 2007. One was a sexual assault allegation that was dropped; another was a drug charge, which was dropped after Cohee agreed to go to counseling. Cohee denies any wrongdoing.

The spin that the bank would help the poor acquire housing and jobs was just that: spin.  A few dollars trickled out to help some poor people — but not in Boston, Miami, or Los Angeles, where it opened offices. But large sums did go to a wealthy developers in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, executives rewarded themselves with fancy cars and high salaries. The president had run-ins with the law; a sexual assault allegation (dropped) and a drug charge that was dropped after he agreed to counseling.  The plight of the poor was a ruse to ransack.

Quiet a crew that Maxine Waters bent — actually broke — the rules to help reward with our money. She should be ashamed, instead of defiant. And Congressman Barney Frank logrolled for her — did favors to help her while attempting to keep her role hidden. He should be ashamed of himself, as well (let alone for  his role in creating the housing crisis by his drive to promote home ownership among those who could not afford it).