Corruption and special treatment are being exposed in the lives of numerous present and former government officials. A few hours ago we shared an article that spoke about Chelsea Clinton getting vast sums of money for no other reason than the fact that she’s Bill and Hillary’s daughter. It’s reported that she already has accumulated over 15 million dollars, and draws hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for her attendance to eight meetings a year as a figurehead board member of two different companies that apparently just pay her just for showing up.
As big as Chelsea’s numbers sound, they are a virtual drop in the bucket when compared to the massive numbers associated with former Vice President’s Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Due to his father’s influence, he landed contracts worth WELL over a BILLION dollars just from the connections he made in China during his father’s term as Vice President, and now even the New York Times (marvel of marvels) is reporting other instances in which Hunter benefited handsomely from his father’s threats to the country of Ukraine.
This from Breitbart:
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was paid for his work as a board member a Ukrainian oligarch-owned energy company while his father was vice president, the New York Times confirms.
According to the Times, Hunter Biden was paid “as much as $50,000 per month in some months” as a board member of Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm owned by a member of the Ukrainian oligarchy.
Vice President Biden was heavily involved in mediating U.S. policy towards Ukraine. When a Ukrainian prosecutor launched a corruption investigation into the energy company Hunter Biden was board member of, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to the country if the Ukrainian government did not fire the prosecutor. As John Solomon of The Hill reported, Biden’s threat would have thrown the former Soviet republic into insolvency at a time when Ukraine was fending off threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
In a speech last year before the Council on Foreign Relations, the former vice president bragged about his successful use of these strong-arm tactics to get the prosecutor fired, saying that he told the Ukrainians, “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.” Biden then boasted, “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”
Kenneth Vogel and Iuliia Mendel report at the Times:
It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.
The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.
Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.
Hunter Biden was a Yale-educated lawyer who had served on the boards of Amtrak and a number of nonprofit organizations and think tanks, but lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He would be paid as much as $50,000 per month in some months for his work for the company, Burisma Holdings.
The current Ukrainian general prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, has reopened the corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, The Hill reports.
Hunter Biden’s involvement with the Ukrainian energy firm and his sweetheart deals with China’s communist regime while his father was vice president were exposed in Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book Secret Empires.
In an interview last month on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, Schweizer explained, “Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point-person on policy towards Ukraine. He steered $1.8 billion in aid to that government and while he was doing so, his son got a sweetheart deal with this energy company that — we’ve been able to trace over just a 14-month period — paid $3.1 million into an account where Hunter Biden was getting paid.”
“Suffice to say, Hunter Biden has no background in Ukraine,” Schweizer noted. “He has no background in energy policy. There’s really no legitimate explanation as to why he got this deal with this energy company, other than the fact his father was responsible for doling out money in Ukraine itself.”
“It’s a huge problem,” Schweizer added. “And it goes to this question of corruption and potential payoffs and bribes that these foreign entities were making to the Bidens in exchange for hopefully getting favorable treatment.”
Source: Breitbart News
The saying “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” is playing out in front of us on the political stage nearly every day. Just for fun, I did a little digging to find out where the saying originated, and that specific wording of the phrase is most closely tied to the 19th-century British politician Lord Acton. He borrowed the idea from several other writers who had previously expressed the same thought in different words. A similar phrase is “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.” I think the scenarios being reported in the Biden family perfectly illustrate the wisdom of the sayings.
Besides Joe Biden, if we look at some of our most senior (meaning, long-term) politicians and legislators (the Clintons, the Obamas, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi are a few of the ones who come to mind as prime examples to me) we see individuals who have amassed significant fortunes in spite of a relatively meager salary as career politicians. For the average working person, an annual paycheck that approaches $200,000 a year seems enormous, especially if you factor in the other perks that come with being in one of the nation’s highest elected offices, yet somehow every one of these elected officials has FAR more accumulated wealth, and they seem to have an unlimited thirst for more.
By contrast, we see the example that President Trump is putting on display for America on an ongoing basis. His personal wealth has dropped – a LOT – and he has yet to take a dollar of taxpayer money in the way of salary. Of course, he’s not a long-term politician either, but with his connections, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect he could have succumbed to the siren song of extreme wealth – but such does not seem to be the case. I’m sure he enjoys the perks of wealth, but he has done it by marketplace business dealings, not by the kind of extortion we see in the Bidens.
Joe Biden claims he wants to be the president, but at this juncture, it’s hard to imagine putting him in charge of the country with the track record we can follow. I think we could guarantee ourselves a fast downhill slide into the swamp of corruption and national disgrace if he were to be elected.
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