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Dodd makes JW’s Top 10 corrupt politicians

Judicial Watch has come out with its list of the Top 10 most corrupt politicians. Not many surprises although I guess taking payoff money for Nebraska doesn’t count. H/T to Hotair for the leg work. Read Ed’s take. Pretty good.

Chris Dodd is number one on the list … unfortunately, it’s alphabetical.

1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against Dodd for undervaluing a property he owns in Ireland on his Senate Financial Disclosure forms.  Judicial Watch’s complaint forced Dodd to amend the forms.  However, press reports suggest the property to this day remains undervalued.  Judicial Watch also alleges in the complaint that Dodd obtained a sweetheart deal for the property in exchange for his assistance in obtaining a presidential pardon (during the Clinton administration) and other favors for a long-time friend and business associate.  The false financial disclosure forms were part of the cover-up.  Dodd remains the head the Senate Banking Committee.

The list includes President Obama for, among other things, claiming the White House is exempt from the Privacy Act. Also on the list, Pelosi, Holder, Geithner, Murtha and Rangel. There’s a shocker.

UPDATE: Oh, and perhaps this might elevate the senior Senator’s status on the list. We talked about it this morning. From the Washington Examiner. (H/T Hotair)

Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants — a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically “for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems.” The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his. In 2007 he campaigned all through Iowa with the firefighters union. It was one of the few distinguishable features of Dodd’s ill-fated presidential bid.

More than one person called this morning to say the money for the Connecticut firefighters was well spent. I don’t doubt that it was necessary. What I take exception to is the robbing of Peter to pay Paul, in this case the TSA, to help firefighters in Connecticut. It’s “Paul’s” responsibility to make sure our firefighters have the equipment they need to do the job, meaning the local municipalities. It is the town’s first responsibility. It should be budgeted for. It should not be the responsibility of taxpayers in Nebraska or anywhere else to funnel cash to Connecticut, at the expense of national security.

Dodd: We Senators are kinda like war heroes.

Last week we posted Newt Gingrich’s speech where he called on Americans not to give up the fight to stop an out of control expanding government. Don’t tell me you’re tired, he said, not when Washington’s troops kept fighting in the snow, even when they had no shoes. Read more

Dodd got $100 million hospital deal to help win campaign?

That’s what Ceci Connolly figures when interviewed by Greta Van Susteren over on Fox News earlier tonight. I’m not sure a $100 million hospital deal – if the cash and hospital will even end up in Connecticut – would help with Sen. Chris Dodd’s election. What do you think?

Hat tip to Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit for the video.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxt2jVwsuEM

What say you readers and listeners?

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Former Democratic State Chair to Dodd: Pull out now

It’s not so much whether Ed Marcus has influence over Chris Dodd. He is after all a former state chair. But he is talking about it publicly. Dodd he says, will not only lose, but he will bring down the entire Democratic ticket including the race for Governor. From this morning’s Face The State.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAY9D0cDZPU

He also went on to say the Dems will win the Governor’s race by 20 points. This from a party that hasn’t won the Governor’s seat in 4 tries if memory serves me correct. Yikes.

Dump Dodd … and Geithner Too – UPDATE-Video added

UPDATE: Makes sure you watch the video below. Quite an active group on such a cold day. Congrats to all who showed. Thanks to www.youtube.com/user/freedominnumbers for the raw video. And thanks to RVO reader Don H for the tip. If you want to see all 9 minutes head on over.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Fo4806EGQ

Here are some great pics of the rally in front of the Dodd fundraiser Friday afternoon … courtesy of Bob MacGuffie from Right Principles. That’s Tim Geitner in the trash can with “Odd Dodd”. Bob reports about 50 people showed up in absolutely freezing weather. Good job. Read more

Dodd declares – economic crisis ended when Obama took office

Just received an e-mail update from Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). It seems as though our economy is still “feeling the effects of last year’s crisis.” Now, last year was 2008, and this year is 2009. I guess he figures since President Obama took office, the crisis must have ended and it was – of course – all Bush’s fault!

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Toast? Dodd trails by 11

It’s just one poll, it’s still a year away, but the time is running shorter and the poll is running in the wrong direction for the senior Senator from Connecticut.

Former Connecticut Congressman Rob Simmons has an early lead in the Republican primary race for the 2010 U.S. Senate contest and runs better than any other challenger against Sen. Christopher Dodd, topping the Democratic incumbent 49 – 38 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

I have a friend in the politics biz who says when an incumbant is below 45 he’s in trouble, when it’s below 40, he’s toast. I don’t think the Senator is toast … but he better get out of the toaster fast or he will be.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air wonders how the Senator could be so far behind in a blue state like Connecticut.

How is Dodd doing so poorly in the blue, blue state of Connecticut?  He’s losing both men and women, for one thing, and even 15% of Democrats would vote for Simmons in a general election; only 68% of Democrats would commit to voting for Dodd, with the rest undecided.  The biggest problem, as it is for Democrats all over the country, is the flight of independents.  Simmons wins among independent voters by a whopping 2-1 margin, 57%-29%.

Ed’s correct. It is about independents. But it goes much deeper than a poll identification. Connecticans have deep roots in colonial values. It is indeed a wealthy and compassionate state, which accounts for the high incidence of limo liberals, and its blue collar workers are generally union workers. Thus the blue.

But there is a strong and growing cadre in this state, Democrats, Republicans and independents who value those colonial values more than party, especially when those values are threatened or so overtly trampled by lip serving politicians who take advantage of their position of power to enrich themselves or pay back their cronies, even as they struggle to stay afloat.

Dodd tried to stop Fannie Mae reform, he was at the helm of the ship when the Fannie Mae crisis hit, he received VIP treatment from a bank that he helped oversee, he consistently undervalued his “third” home located in Ireland, he authored a provison in the stimulus that allowed for AIG bonuses (which I do not mind) and then lied about it.

Any one of those folks in Connecticut would forgive. Shameful, but true. But together, it’s the kind of “in your face” politics that most New Englanders won’t let slide. A little corruption people seem to accept these days as the price of admission. But for Dodd, the hits just keep on coming.

Come to think of it, he’s toast.

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Dodd and Obama: trolling for cash along the gold coast

Wasn’t there, don’t know, didn’t have the grand to buy my way in. But that’s what is being reported today. At a $1000 a plate, they were hoping to raise a cool mil from, ummm, uhhh, bankers and hedge fund managers.

“We came very close to a Great Depression,” he said, adding that the United States must never again be so close to disaster because of the action of reckless investors.

“Join us, don’t fight us,” said Obama, singling out the financial executives in the room. “Join us in passing what are necessary reforms. It is important for our country and in the long run it will be good for your industry to have a level playing field.”

But the president, during his 20-minute speech, made light of how he probably faced some resistance from some who shelled out $1,000 a ticket to attend the dinner.

“I know that there are a lot of hedge funds, financial institutions here in Stamford. We flew over by helicopter, we saw some of the, ah, housing around here,” said Obama, jokingly referring to the many mansions along Connecticut’s well-heeled “Gold Coast.”

Now hand over the cash. Oh, and plenty of praise for the guy who was at the helm when the financial ship began to sink.

The president spoke warmly of his relationship with the Democratic senator, citing his sense of humor, his big heart and his belief in “the nobility of public service.” Presidents aren’t supposed to pick favorites, Obama said, “but I have a confession to make: From the moment I arrived in the United States Senate, Chris Dodd was one of my favorites.”

“Chris knows how to get things done in Washington,” Obama said.

Indeed he does Mr President. Just ask his banking friends. The problem Mr President, Chris Dodd is simply out of touch. It’s bad form to tout yourself as a working class Senator, and then hold a thousand dollar a plate fundraiser on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, courting the very people you are supposed to be regulating. I’m just saying is all.

And the young President isn’t fooling anybody when he takes public whacks at the financial industry lobbyists in his speech … standing next to the guy who combined … leading the pack in financial industry contributions. Watch the video all the way through … he uses the mop line again.

Watch this at Boston.com

Michael Moore to Chris Dodd: Don’t run

Not like Dodd will listen. The interview with Matthews is pretty good … and certainly it doesn’t make Dodd look good. Shocker!

Matthews interviews Michael Moore on his new movie “Capitalism” … of which Countrywide and Chris Dodd are stars.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4jG0MRYlRc

Never thought I would say this … but as I have been told … it’s a movie worth seeing.

“Qualified” insurance plans and the Constitution

I recently did a post on the constitutionality of Congress’s  plan to mandate that all have insurance or be forced to pay a tax.  That post got me thinking about other aspects of Obamacare.  One of the key provisions of all bills floating around Congress is that not only must you have insurance, but you also will have to participate in a qualified plan, or pay a tax.

Using the Kennedy-Dodd Unaffordable Health Choices Act as an example, Section 161 of Subtitle D (page 103) requires that, if you have individual health insurance, unless you have a “qualified” plan, a tax will be imposed upon you.

Ok, so what is a “qualified” plan?

Under Section 3103 (pages 62-69), the Secretary of Health and Human Services makes that decision based upon a report prepared by a Medical Advisory Council appointed by the Secretary.  In other words, if the Secretary decides that, for example, acupuncture must be included in all insurance policies sold in this country, then, unless your policy covers that, your plan is not “qualified”.  Should that be the case, you have two choices.  Switch to a more expensive plan (as it will be if it must cover acupuncture), or stay with your own plan and, pay a tax.

But, can Congress do this?  Can Congress (through regulations promulgated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) tell you what services (or deductibles, or copays) must be in your insurance plan, and, if they are not there, you must pay a tax?

It seems to me that the powers of Congress enumerated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution would no more allow that than they would if Congress decided that you should pay a tax if you don’t eat “the right” foods, or wear “the right” clothes, or have too many (or too few) children.

No matter how well-meaning some think the overall health care proposals may be, these activities are personal in nature, and, beyond the reach of the federal government.  Simply put, if the federal government can’t reach those things, it can’t tax those things.