Monday, August 29, 2016

Partners In Crime

                                                       
     

                                                              From The Ramparts
                                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                              Partners In Crime

            From their time in Arkansas to the present the Clintons have been dogged by allegations they benefited from insider access, corruption, and a network of organized criminal activities. There have been numerous and costly investigations, books written and theories about the couple that depict them in an unfavorable light. But except for the Monika Lewinsky affair which resulted in Bill Clinton being impeached by the US House of Representatives but acquitted by the US Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton have been convicted of any crimes on the state or federal level. But that doesn't mean they are not guilty, that they are not crooks.
            The Bu$h family has a multigeneration documented record of crony capitalism and shady dealings dating back to Samuel Prescott Bu$h the patriarch of the Bu$h crime family.  The elder Bu$h became well connected as an industrialist working with the Harriman and Rockefeller families in railroads, arms and banking industries. He began the family fortune profiting off of armament sales to both sides during WWI.
            When you look at all the rumors of wrong doing, countless allegations, conspiracy theories about all the people connected to the Clintons dying under strange circumstances, the Congressional hearings into a myriad of Clinton activities, you get the impression there is something irregular going on but either investigators have not figured it out or they are being protected by very powerful people.
            The Bu$hes and Clintons have had a cozy relationship since Clinton's days as Governor of Arkansas when Vice President George H.W. Bu$h's National Security Council ran drugs out of the Mena airfield in the mountains of Arkansas. The consequences of this operation was the cocaine and crack epidemics that devastated urban America during the 80's and 90's.
            As President, Clinton pushed for legislation that resulted in poor recreational drug users and low level drug dealers being sent to prison for long terms, the expansion of the federal prison system and the subsequent creation of profitable private prisons. http://www.alternet.org/drugs/clinton-dynasty-horrific-legacy-more-drug-war-more-prisons
            There is a sinister nexus between the Bu$h and Clinton families, George H.W. Bu$h and his NSC trafficked drugs through Mena in Arkansas during the 80's and 90's when Clinton was the governor and President Clinton passed legislation that locked people of color up for using the drugs the NSC/CIA brought in!  
            With all the scrutiny about the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative why hasn't there been a thorough investigation into what happened to the money Bill Clinton and George W Bush raised to "help" the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Both former presidents were asked by President Obama to spearhead an initiative to raise money to assist in the rescue and recovery following the earthquake.
            When I first heard it I thought to myself, "this is not going to end well for the people of Haiti given the personal history of both men and the fact Haiti is a failed state made so by US neocolonialism. An entity called the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as created supposedly to focus on the creation of micro, small and medium sized entrepreneurial initiatives, life skills and job training, all noble sounding objectives. http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund raised over $54 million dollars from over 200,000 donors. Many donors thought they were contributing to an Haitian relief effort. But that was not the case. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund closed shop in 2012.
            When you look at the Board of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund you see members of both the Clinton and Bush administrations like Alexis Herman and Joshua Bolton, you also see former US Senator Bill Frist, and people connected to agencies like US AID, who had no expertise promoting grass roots entrepreneurship.
            Many people thought the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was a vehicle to rebuild, revitalize and stabilize Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.  The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund money actually went to: making mortgages available to Haitians ($40 million), $1 million for insurance products?!, $350,000 to upgrade a tourist hotel, $2 million to complete another luxury hotel, $500,000 for cooking facilities for "micro-entrepreneur" chef/cooks at an industrial park, $300,000 for computer labs for the University of Haiti's School of Management, $1.5 million to fight cholera (a disease that was brought to Haiti by the UN)  http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022415607.
            None of the money went towards reconstruction of Haiti's infrastructure. Some of the money in the form of grants and loans (which obviously have to be repaid) went to a series of small entrepreneurs and community agencies.  http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/programs/entry/fhaf/  No Haitians were included in the decision making process to determine who received the funds! Now many Haitians are demanding an accounting and rightly so.
             It's hard to run a business when the towns and country are still in rubble with no running water, extremely limited electricity and horrible sewage conditions. Most of the $54 million went to mortgage loans and to build luxury hotels! Even if the people who were trained for employment were serious entrepreneurs, with their country still in ruins no national electric grid system and cholera spreading it is difficult to see how they will be successful in such an environment since no new industries except a few sweatshops have been created since the earthquake. If they fail the entrepreneurs still have to repay the loans!
              Methinks the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was a scam by prime time crooks like Bill Clinton and George W. Bu$h, as a way to raise and reroute money to benefit their non-Haitian cronies. We need to remember this when the election comes around.

                                                                        -30-


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