Published November 17, 2011
Nov. 17, 2011: Kevin Ohlson, nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Kevin Ohlson served as Attorney General Eric Holder’s chief of staff from January 2009 to January this year, but he says he knew nothing about so-called gun-walking operations that were going on during that time through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Ohlson appeared Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee because he’s been nominated by President Obama to become a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. That gave Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the opportunity to ask Ohlson some very pointed questions about what he knew about Operation Fast and Furious and when.
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Posted Nov 17th 2011 at 4:54 pm
Mark Twain famously wrote, “There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Peter Schweizer’s new book, “Throw Them All Out,” reveals this permanent political class in all its arrogant glory. (Full disclosure: Mr. Schweizer is employed by my political action committee as a foreign-policy adviser.)
Mr. Schweizer answers the questions so many of us have asked. I addressed this in a speech in Iowa last Labor Day weekend. How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires? How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians’ stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge-fund managers’? I answered the question in that speech: Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.
The money-making opportunities for politicians are myriad, and Mr. Schweizer details the most lucrative methods: accepting sweetheart gifts of IPO stock from companies seeking to influence legislation, practicing insider trading with nonpublic government information, earmarking projects that benefit personal real estate holdings, and even subtly extorting campaign donations through the threat of legislation unfavorable to an industry. The list goes on and on, and it’s sickening.
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