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The Secret Origins of the Tea Party

The Secret Origins of the Tea Party | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, the corruption of American life and values by the wealthy is not something new. Rather it is a recurring theme in our nation's history. There are always dupes to be played and "villains" like foreigners and government to be blamed. KKK, Know Nothings, TEA Party: they're all the same, filled with anger and ready to be pushed into blaming somebody else. By the way, if you are fascinated by the connection between wealth and corruption, you really should read "Times To Try The Soul of Man." 
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Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor

Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When an amusement park Trump promised to Bridgeport, Conn., fell through, he still owed $300,000 a year in taxes—until its mayor bailed him out.
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The bottom line of this is that Mr. Trump is about making money. He doesn't particularly care about how low on the food chain that will take him. If politics is the competition of jackals and hyenas,  he has certainly found his niche.

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10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan paid for travel, rugs and other gifts for lawmakers, staffers.
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The role of money in our government stinks like fish that have rotted and then are shoved into our noses. I don't know if these members of congress knew they were taking from a foreign government. I don't know if they knew the value of the gifts they were given. What I do know is that members of congress should either pay for their own trips or the trips should be exclusively paid for by the government.

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Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A huge leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm reveals how the rich and powerful launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
We all know that such shananigans go on, but every now and again it's good to see the perps get outed. Meanwhile, it's nice to see that non of our American pols made this list. Of course, there's always another similar scandal down the tracks. If you like stories of corruption, you should read my novel, Times to Try the Soul of Man, which is based on a true story. 
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ICO Services's comment, April 5, 6:59 AM
Panama Papers: If they can do it, why can't we? http://goo.gl/YzqkZ9
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Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals

Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An investigation uncovers links between the Calabrian Mafia — one of the world's most powerful criminal groups — and senior politicians on both sides of Australia's political fence.
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Sounds like something out of "Times to Try the Soul of Man." The role of crime and corruption in government is a real problem everywhere.

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Miami Accused Mega Fraudster Gave Heavily To Democrats

Miami Accused Mega Fraudster Gave Heavily To Democrats | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Claudio Osorio is facing federal charges for allegedly perpetrating a multimillion dollar fraud in which, authorities say, he lured investors in part by touting his political connections.
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Not all the sleaze is on the right side of the aisle.

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