By Lt. Col (retired) Allen West
August 31, 2016
The jury is in: the Obama administration will go down as the biggest criminal presidential administration in U.S. history. Laundering $400 million cash into Swiss francs and Euros, palletizing, and shipping off to Iran. Illegally wiring billions to Iran — and these two incidents are just in the last three weeks or so. But there is clear proof, to go along with Hillary Clinton’s pay for play scheme at the State Department — which also occurred under the Obama purview.
As reported by the Daily Caller, “The Obama administration has quietly funneled millions (and potentially billions) of dollars to leftist organizations and politicians that promote liberal policies and win political elections at the entry-level of government, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The funneling mechanism for these funds is the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group (RMBS), a collaborative effort by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice (including many United States Attorneys Offices), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and many others.
The RMBS was created in 2012 following the mortgage-backed securities scandal that ultimately led to the Great Recession. The group is focused on finding “evidence of false or misleading statements, deception, or other misconduct by market participants (such as loan originators, sponsors, underwriters, trustees, and others) in the creation, packaging, and sale of mortgage-backed securities.”
Over the past four years, The RMBS, along with the Department of Justice, has reached “multibillion-dollar settlements with essentially every major bank in America,” the Journal reports. Goldman Sachs received a $5.06 billion settlement from the Department of Justice regarding conspicuous packaging, marketing, and sales of mortgage-backed securities the company sold consumers from 2005 to 2007.
Bank of America received the single largest civil settlement ever in American history to the tune of $16.65 billion dollars to “resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries.”
All in all, these banks (and many others) were required to pay some $11 billion in consumer relief–a program that requires banks to pay back funds to consumers who lost assets due to mismanagement. What one finds after inspecting the trail of consumer relief funds is interesting, and anything but relief to the consumer.
Bank of America was able to reduce the penalty imposed by the government by simply “giving millions of dollars to liberal groups approved by the Obama administration,” according to the Washington Examiner. Allegedly, the Justice Department created a provision wherein every dollar a bank gives to nonprofits, it can claim at least two dollars off its settlement.”
In plain language, the Obama administration shook down private sector banks in order to funnel cash into the coffers of left wing groups it approved.
“For example, Bank of America skirted $194 million off its $16.65 billion dollar settlement by giving nonprofits just $84 million in donations, the Examiner reports. Among those groups receiving the funding were Hispanic civil rights council, the National Urban League, and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.
Other liberal organizations to receive the consumer relief funds (intended to go directly to the victims of fraud or mismanagement) include: the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, La Raza, and many others, the Journal reports. One of the many problems with this practice is that many of these groups are heavily involved in voter drives, community building and organizing, and “lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government,” according to the Journal.”
First of all, let’s be honest, the whole financial crisis and mortgage industry meltdown resulted from the insidious 1978 progressive socialist policy called the Community Reinvestment Act, courtesy of Jimmy Carter. And it was left wing community organizing groups that pressured banks into giving loans that were truly going to fail.
The federal government started the whole crisis that ended up in subprime mortgages and the practice of mortgage-backed securities was indeed a nefarious means for banks to profit off something they knew to be a failure.
However, it was the government incursion into the mortgage industry — basically nationalizing the industry on the backs of the American taxpayer – via the rise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act ending the separation between commercial and investment banking that fueled the 2008 collapse. But this practice by the Obama administration is reflective of good ol’ Al Capone Chicago-style politics — after all Obama did state back in 2008 after his election that “Chicago is coming to D.C.”
Now, boys and girls, put on your thinking caps and ask yourself, what if this were a GOP presidential administration that was “shaking down” banks and funneling dollars to conservative organizations — Tea Party, Numbers USA, Think Tanks, or you name it. Yes, you know the left and the liberal progressive media would be going apoplectic – in other words, stark raving mad.
This story, if about Republicans, would be plastered all over the liberal progressive media, front page, top story for days, months — you know, Abu Gharaib style. But let’s see how much coverage this story gets on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, or any liberal print media. And if they do, it will be buried, and maybe you’ll hear a one-minute sound bite on broadcast news.
Bottom line, criminal activity is acceptable for the left – that’s just how they roll. Their declared lack of standards, decency and character preclude them from being held accountable — you know, what difference at this point does it make?
So get this, the left created a policy in 1978, the Community Reinvestment Act. They forced banks to abide by the policy under punishment of fines or legal action. The banks did what the government said and sought to make a profit — you know, that free market concept.
The government created agencies and strengthened them in order to implement their original policy. The practice of crony capitalism resulted in an impending collapse. But government blamed it all on the banks, who were threatened into following their policy. The government demonized the banks and imposed fines on them. Then the government shakes down the banks to fund their ideological agenda in order to have their fines reduced. Remember ACORN and its role in getting Obama elected? Doggone, what a great racket huh? No wonder D.C. is considered a cesspool, and in all of this, the folks who were misled got no relief.
And you know what’s funny? The government is back at it again — many of those original policies that got us into the mortgage crisis are being reinstated.
There you have it, and it cannot be debated, the Obama administration will go down as the largest criminal organization in our history. And I didn’t even mention the IRS intimidation scandal. I didn’t have time to address the VA scandal where many of our veterans have died. I didn’t want to bore y’all with the details of providing taxpayer funds in the form of grants to sanctuary cities. And you know what, Obama is from Chicago, and so is Hillary Clinton…you want more of this? Money laundering, lies, deceit, mishandling of classified information, sexual escapades and intrigue, financial indiscretions….
Sometimes we get the government we deserve — a criminal organization.
Allen Bernard West is an American political commentator, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. A member of theRepublican Party, he represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013. West was born in Georgia and joined the United States Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003.
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