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Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies by Michelle Malkin


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GLENN: We have Michelle Malkin on the phone. She is author of Culture of Corruption: Tax, Cheats, Crooks and Cronies and she's with me now because I wanted to talk to her a little bit about the czar situation that we have going on in country. Hello, Michelle, how are you?

MALKIN: Good. How are you, Glenn?

GLENN: I'm very good.

MALKIN: Good.

GLENN: You are the ‑‑ everybody, all the engineers are on the other side of the room on the other side of the glass high‑fiving each other because you are the first phone call we've taken in the new studio and we weren't sure it was going to work.

MALKIN: Woo‑hoo.

GLENN: For a long time I was trying to figure out what is this government doing, what is this administration doing, none of this stuff makes sense and then the guy at ACORN pissed me off and so I was like, oh, really? And I couldn't figure out why you would behave the way he behaved on my program and so I really started to buckle down and really look into everything and that's when it all started to unravel. And now I'm seeing these czars, and the czars are truly frightening. And I know you talk about them a bit in your book. Give me a ‑‑ give the American people an update on who these people are.

MALKIN: Yeah. Well, there are upwards of 44 of them now, at least that's the count of the watchdogs in the blogosphere that have been installed into office through presidential appointment and it is, as you've said on your show and I've said many times over the course of the last six months a complete shadow government. And it's not just the amount of them. It's also the superfluousness. We all know that there have been czars in past administrations, Homeland Security czar, drug czar, et cetera, but there are so many extra layers here of overlords who have usurped authority from confirmed cabinet appointments, and this includes a very shady character, Adolfo Carrion, who was the Bronx Borough President and delivered Latino votes to Obama in that neighborhood. This guy is now the urban czar who has many more powers over the already confirmed Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan. One, it was a payoff and two, it's a way for Adolfo Carrion to carry out the same kind of "Pay for play" deals that he specialized in when he was the Bronx Borough President. Now he can use millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants to pay off developers who are seeking favors from the Obama administration.

GLENN: Okay.

MALKIN: That's just one example.

GLENN: There are three ways, I want to talk to you about three different options here. Hang on, let me just run them down because I'm riddled with ADD and I don't want to forget them. And ‑‑ okay, I got it. The first option with these czars is they're a collection of stupid people. They're a collection of people that are just like the ambassadors. A lot of times presidents will say, oh, jeez, here's a guy from high school and he helped raise money and, you know, we're friends, but he's a pain in the ass; can we send him to Zimbabwe. And so they give him a presidential appointment to become the ambassador of Zimbabwe and they just make the guy go away. And he has no real power and it's just, you know, it's a favor for somebody. The second thing is that this is ‑‑ we are developing a Chicago‑like system in our republic that we are developing a system here that is going to be just dirty, underhanded, and Chicago politics. The third is really on the road to crazy town and that is a lot of these people are evil people that just have no respect for the republic in any way, shape or form and are going to fundamentally transform the nation and feast on the republic until they have an emergency that they just don't want to, they just don't want to waste and they will have all of the pieces that they need to start some engine of somethin g we don't want to see started up. Which is it you think?

MALKIN: I think it's a little bit of both but more of number two and number three. And I think number three obviously concerns all of us the most. There are a number of czars that I've reported on, some not in the book, some on my blog post, who are the worst of the far left ideological fellow travelers of Barack Obama that have been able to evade public scrutiny. And number one on that list is the science czar, John Holdren. And it's only through the power of blogs and talk radio and Fox News that anybody knows anything at all about this population control freak. It's not just the fact that he co‑wrote a book in 1977, Ecoscience with Paul and Ann Ehrlich, the gurus. Population control, a book that mused openly about mass sterilizations, forced abortions, putting sterilants in the water to control the population. It's the fact that his ideological mentors, John Holdren's mentors include one of the top international eugenics members most renowned, again, for promoting these same ideas of social engineering through the guise of quote/unquote science that basically amounts to eugenics and taking away babies from quote/unquote undesirables. He was paying homage to this mentor as recently as two years ago at one of the most prominent science gatherings of the country, the AAAS gathering, and there has been little, if any public questioning about it. I was on t he phone with Holdren's flack who lectured me about the need for responsible journalism. This guy was a leftwinger science reporter at the Washington Post for 15 years and he is essentially bullying any blogger or independent journalist who looks into the issue.

GLENN: I tell you, Michelle, I'm concerned about our country for several reasons, but the intellectual dishonesty of both the right and the left frighten me because people cannot be honest with themselves if their party is at stake. These, some of these czars have things that are so frightening in their past that no American ‑‑ if these guys were being appointed by George W. Bush, the left would be on fire with this and they would be calling them Nazis and everything else. But now that they are being appointed by Barack Obama, there's nothing, and it is a ‑‑ we are becoming a thugocracy where it is just nonstop bullying. When the facts speak for themselves ‑‑ you know, Pat came in this morning ‑‑ Michelle, say hi to one of my producers and my best friend Pat.

MALKIN: Howdy, Pat.

PAT: Hey, Michelle.

GLENN: He came in this morning and he said, do you know this about Holdren, the science czar?

PAT: Apparently not only was he in favor of zero population growth but also zero economic growth. He wanted a zero GDP, and one of the quotes in the book that he co‑wrote, Ecoscience: Population, Resources and Environment was, it is now abundantly clear that the GNP cannot grow forever. Why should it? Why should we not strive for zero economic growth as well as zero population growth.

GLENN: Strive. Strive for it.

MALKIN: Yeah. It's all about control. It's all about seeing the human population as utilitarian means towards their ideological end. And there's another outfit, CNS news, Terry Jeffrey who is a good friend of mine who's also looked into another textbook that John Holdren was written as well. John Holdren's mentor Harrison Brown saw the world population as, quote, a pulsating mass of maggots, unquote. And I would like to see the day in Washington where we have watchdog journalists who apply a Holdren litmus test to Democrats and liberal journalists the way that we have a litmus test that we've seen every time a conservative or a Republican goes on the airwaves about this birther situation. You know, this is even more scary and more radical and more wacky than anything else the liberals are paying attention to with regard to the birtherism stuff, but you don't see that litmus stuff.

GLENN: I have to tell you, the ‑‑ I mean, first of all, the birther thing, what are you going to do. Even if it was true, what, are you going to take him out of office? You can't do that. There's so many things that are going on that are not on the fringes, not conspiratorial. These guys who are these czars, you look at Van Jones. Here he is one of the founding members of the Apollo project. When you find out about the Apollo project and know that the Apollo project and the Tides Foundation came as a direct response of the Reagan revolution where they said you know what, Reagan, he's just been ‑‑ he's taken this country over because he has control of the corporations, so we need to get control of the corporations. The Apollo project is started. You can't look at any of the books. You don't know exactly what they're doing, but the guy who started the Apollo project or one of the founding members is Van Jones, a communist and a black nationalist, and it's the Apollo project that actually wrote the stimulus package.

MALKIN: That's right. Basically you have installed as a czar a welfare state mobster who's been underwritten by the deep pockets of the far left and, of course, he has a lot in common with another most prominent hard leftist who's a czar, Carol Browner. And I recall that you had also highlighted the fact that she was an official member of a socialist organization. So we have the far leftists on one side.

GLENN: I'll take the socialist, at this point I'll take the socialist.

MALKIN: That's right, she's button up compared to Van Jones. But you know what's fascinating to me is that you've got this conglomerate of far leftists and then you also have these entrenched corporate statists and we've got Nancy DeParle who I highlight in the book who is the healthcare czar who oversees the cabinet confirmed secretary Kathleen Sebelius who is out there sort of as a seat warmer in the public face. But behind the scenes this is the woman who is really pulling the strings and she's made upwards of $6 million consulting for healthcare lobbyists and firms. I don't have a problem with that but, of course, she serves a president and a first lady by extension who have done nothing but demonize people who have made money in the private market. And the issue there, of course, goes back to transparency. The White House has been meeting in secret with these healthcare executives. Only under threat of lawsuit did they name those executives. The legal counsel still refuses to tell us which healthcare officials in the Obama administration met with them and she has clear conflicts of interest, financial ties to many of these executives. We need to know that but unfortunately Obama lied and transparency died.

GLENN: I will tell you, I will tell you, Michelle, I don't know what you're talking about, these evil corporations. I have no idea what that could possibly...

VOICE: GE, we bring evil to life.

GLENN: GE, we bring evil to life. Michelle, I appreciate it. By the way, if anybody is looking to do something about the czars, they just announced, is it in the House or the Senate, Pat?

PAT: The house. H.R. 3226 they are trying to cut off funding.

MALKIN: That's right. Jack Kingston has the Czar Accountability and Reform Act, and it would bar the use of appropriated funds for any of these offices or salaries, task forces related to the czars.

GLENN: Do we have any idea how much these guys are making, how much they are ‑‑ because it's, from what I understand it is all under one big lump sum that goes to the administration and then they can divvy it up any way they want.

MALKIN: We don't know the budget, we don't know the staff. But you can go to the White House website and find the salaries. And every one of these czars that's a White House employee is among the highest paid.

GLENN: Unbelievable. All right, Michelle, thanks.

MALKIN: Thanks.

GLENN: Okay, Michelle Malkin, Culture of Corruption is the name of the book.

I think we can all agree, both on the Left and the Right, that children who have been caught up in illegal immigration is an awful situation. But apparently what no one can agree on is when it matters to them. This past weekend, it suddenly — and even a little magically — began to matter to the Left. Seemingly out of nowhere, they all collectively realized this was a problem and all rushed to blame the Trump administration.

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Here's Rachel Maddow yesterday:

I seem to remember getting mocked by the Left for showing emotion on TV, but I'll give her a pass here. This is an emotional situation. But this is what I can't give her a pass on: where the heck was this outrage and emotion back in 2014? Because the same situation going on today — that stuff Maddow and the rest of the Left have only just now woken up to — was going on back in July 2014! And it was arguably worse back then.

I practically begged and pleaded for people to wake up to what was going on. We had to shed light on how our immigration system was being manipulated by people breaking our laws, and they were using kids as pawns to get it done. But unlike the gusto the Left is using now to report this story, let's take a look at what Rachel Maddow thought was more important back in 2014.

On July 1, 2014, Maddow opened her show with a riveting monologue on how President Obama was hosting a World Cup viewing party. That's hard-hitting stuff right there.

On July 2, 2014, Maddow actually acknowledged kids were at the border, but she referenced Health and Human Services only briefly and completely rushed through what was actually happening to these kids. She made a vague statement about a "policy" stating where kids were being taken after their arrival. She also blamed Congress for not acting.

See any difference in reporting there from today? That "policy" she referenced has suddenly become Trump's "new" policy, and it isn't Congress's fault… it's all on the President.

She goes on throughout the week.

On July 7, 2014, her top story was something on the Koch brothers. Immigration was only briefly mentioned at the end of the show. This trend continued all the way through the week. I went to the border on July 19. Did she cover it? Nope. In fact, she didn't mention kids at the border for the rest of the month. NOT AT ALL.

Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not?

Make up your minds. Is this an important issue or not? Do you care about immigrant kids who have been caught in the middle of a broken immigration system or not? Do you even care to fix it, or is this what it looks like — just another phony, addicted-to-outrage political stunt?

UPDATE: Here's how this discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.

Glenn gives Rachel Maddow the benefit of the doubt

Rachel Maddow broke down in tears live on her MSNBC show over border crisis.

Progressives think the Obamas are a gift to the world. But their gift is apparently more of the metaphorical kind. It doesn't extend to helpful, tangible things like saving taxpayers money. Illinois has approved $224 million to pay for street and transportation upgrades around the planned site of the Obama Presidential Center. The catch is that Illinois taxpayers will have to cover $200 million of that cost. For a presidential museum.

Eight years of multiplying the national debt wasn't enough for Barack Obama. Old fleecing habits die hard. What's another $200 million here and there, especially for something as important as an Obama tribute center?

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That's all well and good except Illinois can't even fund its pension system. The state has a $137 billion funding shortfall. That means every person in Illinois owes $11,000 for pensions, and there is no plan to fix the mess. Unless Illinois progressives have discovered a new kind of math, this doesn't really add up. You can't fund pensions, but you're going to figure out a way to milk the public for another $200 million to help cover the cost of a library?

It's hard to imagine who in their right mind would think this will be money well spent. Well, except for maybe Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said, "The state's… investment in infrastructure improvements near the Obama Center on the South Side of Chicago is money well spent."

Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

The spending has already been signed into law, even though the Obama library has not received construction approval yet. Part of the holdup is that the proposed site is on public land in historic Jackson Park. That doesn't seem very progressive of the Obamas, but, you know, for certain presidents, you go above and beyond. It's just what you do. Some presidential overreach lasts longer than others.

Here's the thing about taxing the peasants so the king can build a fancy monument to himself – it's wrong. And completely unnecessary. The Obamas have the richest friends on the planet who could fund this project in their sleep. If the world simply must have a tricked-out Obama museum, then let private citizens take out their wallets voluntarily.

As the Mercury Museum proved this weekend, it is possible to build an exhibit with amazing artifacts that attracts a ton of visitors – and it cost taxpayers approximately zero dollars.

'The fool builds walls': China blasts Trump over tariffs

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I can picture it now: Thousands of years ago, Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, standing before hordes of his followers, in the Qin Dynasty, with a bright red bamboo hat on, and chanting, "Build that wall!"

It took a couple centuries to build the thing, but it got built. And it has been carefully maintained over the last 2,000 years, but, today, the Great Wall of China is so massive that astronauts can see it during good weather conditions from the lower part of low Earth orbit. The wall boasts over 3,000 miles of towers and brick embankments, with over 1,200 miles of natural defensive barriers. It's worth mentioning that the Chinese government is also exceptionally good at imposing digital walls, so much so that China ranks worst in the world for internet freedom.

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So it's a little strange to hear an editorial run by a major news network in China criticized President Trump for his proposal to build a large wall along the southern border of America.

"Following the path of expanding and opening up is China's best response to the trade dispute between China and the United States, and is also the responsibility that major countries should have to the world," the author wrote. "The wise man builds bridges, the fool builds walls."

Similarly, the Pope told reporters in 2016, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel."

Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

If you've been to the Vatican, you know that it is surrounded by enormous walls. The same goes for all the celebrities who live in heavily walled compounds—a safety measure—but who have also vehemently criticized President Trump's plans to build a wall.

You know the adage: "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at other people's glass houses." Perhaps the phrase needs an update: Don't throw stones at people who want to build walls when you live in place surrounded by walls.

An immaculate Nazi doctor hovers over newborn. He probes and sneers at it. "Take it away," he says. This is the very real process that Nazi doctors undertook during the era of Nazi Germany: Nazi eugenics, the studious, sterile search to find children who would define a pure breed for the German lineage. The Übermensch.

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During a speech to a delegation of Italy's Family Association in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis referred to this cruel Nazi practice, which he used as a comparison to the increasingly popular process throughout Europe of "ending" birth defects, by offering abortions to women who have babies with chromosomal defects.

Here are two passages from the Pope's remarks:

I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away.

And:

I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.

When CNN got the quote, and it shocked them so much that they had to verify the quote with the Vatican—in other words, it didn't fit the usual narrative.

It didn't fit the usual narrative.

The Pope also addressed claims that he has dedicated himself to LGBTQ causes:

Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. It is true that the word "family" is an analogical word, because we speak of the "family" of stars, family" of trees, "family" of animals ... it is an analogical word. But the human family in the image of God, man and woman, is the only one. It is the only one. A man and woman can be non-believers: but if they love each other and unite in marriage, they are in the image of God even if they don't believe.

The media have largely seen Pope Francis as the cool Pope, as the Obama of Catholicism. It'll be interesting to see how abruptly and severely that perspective changes.