Biden and Son

Opinion

BIDEN AND SON

Traditionally the United States, in an effort to stabilize countries with warring factions, has long since adopted the habit of funding terror, the idea being that we pick the “lessor of two evils” and try to push out the worst evil by supporting its’ opposition.  

The funding of any and all terrorist groups should stop. At the very least, the US should be more prudent of whom it is funding.  Our investment in Afghanistan vs. the Russians seemed to initially pay off, but later gave us a sucker punch in the form of 9/11/2001.

That being said, another group the US has funded are the rebels in Ukraine.  There is a separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has gained and lost momentum. This group is in an ongoing conflict with the Ukrainian government.

The most ironic thing about our funding of these rebels is coincidental hiccup with Burisma Holdings Ltd, a natural gas company tied to ousted Ukrainian president, Victor Yanukovych.

Paul Manafort and Richard Gates worked in the Ukraine as unregistered agents for Victor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions, during which time they accrued millions of dollars which they moved around in various ways to avoid paying taxes. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/yanukovych-manafort-indictment-trump_n_59f72e5ae4b03cd20b82fe20

A former Ukrainian Parliamentary lawmaker, Nikolai Zolochevsky, previously a member of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions and his minister of environmental resources, minister of ecology and natural resources, as well as the deputy secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Counsel, until Yanukovych was ousted, has control of Burisma Holdings Ltd.

Interestingly, Hunter, the son of Joe Biden, former vice president, and Devon Archer, college roommate of Christopher Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry joined the board of Burisma Holdings Ltd.  Both Biden and Archer are employees of Rosemount Seneca Partners, a U.S. investment company tied to Rosemont Capital, a private investment firm that Archer and Heinz founded.

This isn’t the first or the worst of this misalliance of the children of public figures.

Their firm struck a one billion dollar investment deal called Bo Hai with the Bank of China.

Ironically, the Bank of China is literally funding a business co-owned by the sons of two powerful politicians in the United States. https://nypost.com/2018/03/15/inside-the-shady-private-equity-firm-run-by-kerry-and-bidens-kids/a

The Bank of China is unlike American banks as China has ownership of the bank. A deal with this bank is a direct connection to Communist China.

Of course, Hunter Biden et al, are private citizens and can accept employment wherever they find opportunity. It seems that being highly connected often brings a great deal of opportunity sometimes. It certainly appears to be a plus, even though there has been some question of an extreme conflict of interest.

The sale of natural gas is a source of conflict between Ukraine and Russia.  The Ukrainians purchase the bulk of their natural gas from the Russian government majority owned gas company, Gazprom.  They feel that the prices were raised to Ukraine as a punishment for wanting a closer association with the European Union.

Vice President Biden visited the Ukraine in April of 2014 to offer U.S. expertise in expanding their natural gas production. Did he register as a foreign agent or did he use his position as Vice President to exert influence on the Ukrainian country?

Is he any different than Paul Manafort? That remains to be seen, but it is possible that this man, who is now steeped in controversy about his handsy ways with women and young girls, could be the leading Democratic nominee for President?

It is a disturbing thought.

 

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Short Takes – What Has Hollywood Done Now?

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What has Hollywood Done Now?

Well, well, well, In yet another staged gala event awarding themselves statues and recognitions, The Golden Orbs awards ceremony, filled with Hollywood’s beautiful people dressed in black to make a visual statement about something that irks them, joined together with unbridled enthusiasm to proclaim their new messiah, Oprah Winfrey as their 2020 Presidential choice.

That won’t go well with the Democrats who still have their usual suspects, the elderly Joe Biden, Chuckie Schumer, Barry Sanders, the Indian maiden, Liz Warren, and dementia challenged Nancy Pelosi, hanging around their necks like albatrosses or hangman nooses. No, Oprah is good for preaching the Progressive line, expressing costly empathy for the poor and downtrodden, the illegals and homeless and those living in the shadows, but not as president. That simply won’t do! One presidential disaster is enough to overcome.

Admittedly, Oprah made a wonderfully stirring speech against something or other, the powerlessness of women one supposes, that could be classified right up there with Obama’s speech to the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago a few years ago. That speech, like Oprah’s, quickly brought Obama instant political recognition and then the presidency a few years later which he promptly set about “changing.” Obama was a fascist. Oprah is a products salesman.  

For 2020, the elephant in the room is the sitting President, Donald Trump. He is getting things done by setting America back on it constitutional tracks, while being the constant object of left wing media derision, fake news attacks designed to undermine his administration, and personal attacks against his family, his associates and his administration. Oh, hell, attacks against anything Conservative and everything Trump.

The need to make comparisons cannot be ignored. Both Trump and Oprah are very wealthy in their own rights and that recommends them for good business sense. Trumps skills lie in recognizing where money can be made, not out of wacky ideas or from printing presses, but of seeing potential in community growth, offering people what they want and buying property to build structures that will accomplish those goals. He spreads the wealth. So does Oprah, but on a commercial scale of product identification and salesmanship. She’s very good at it.

Other skills Trump enjoys is the ability to successfully negotiate with people, to make them happy with the deal, as well as making his investors happy. That’s called Capitalism and the fall out for it is increased employment for the communities he builds in and taxes for government.

Oprah is wealthy because she knows how to sell products, save her money and spread wealth and happiness to the people she employees and the people she hocks her products to. Not too shabby, and another great example of Capitalism at work. Both are hard workers and it shows,

But Trump also saw how quickly a rogue government can steal a populations economic vitality by ignoring the rules of economics (socialism) through onerous rules and regulations. He sought to correct it by running for President with the expressed purpose of making America great again. The people bought it and he is doing exactly what he promised he would do, like Jesus kicking the money changers out of the temple.  2020 is three years away. Can Hollywood really sell us Oprah? Can she do what Trump has done? That remains to be seen, but don’t bet on it.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (10Jan18)

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