As former Senator James Abourezk wrote, “I can tell you from personal experience that the support Israel has in the Congress is based completely on political fear — fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done.”
[Sidenote : substitute “NRA” for “Israel” and you understand why Congress refuses to address gun violence.]
Abourezk’s statement is relevant if you read the satirical column in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Thank you for supporting the American Friends of The Sheldon & Miriam Adelson Embassy of the United States in Israel! [Highlights below]
We are so honored by your commitment to celebrating the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and its namesake donor, Sheldon Adelson.
American Friends of The Sheldon & Miriam Adelson Embassy of the United States in Israel offers several giving levels
The Builders Society — With a minimum pledge of $1.8 million to our annual campaign, donors have the satisfaction of building a strong diplomatic community and earning naming rights to the conference room of their choice.
Ambassador’s Level — With a meaningful gift of $500,000, you are eligible to join the Jared Kushner Circle and actually sit in on a high-level strategy session with top representatives of the administration’s Middle East negotiating team.
No experience, no security clearance? No problem!
The Chaverim Club — With a gift of $10,000 to the annual campaign, you are automatically entered into a drawing for the right to have your name attached to a Formal Agreement between the United States and Israel.
For those who have forgotten, President Trump is keeping a campaign promise and is opening an embassy in Jerusalem and would easily cost more than $500 million dollars.
$500 million dollars is something that should be a concern to pseudo budget hawk, Erik “Washington must do more with less” Paulsen.
Minnesota’s Third District Congressman must have been relieved when he read the media report that Sheldon G. Adelson, one of the most hawkish supporters of Israel among American Jews, has offered to help fund the construction of a new American Embassy in Jerusalem.
“Representative” Paulsen knows Sheldon Adelson’s money is good … after all he has received campaign checks from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.
Minnesota’s Second District voters may recall that as the 2016 election was getting close, it was Miriam Adelson that started funneling monies to Jason Lewis.
Mrs. Adelson also sent a nice $10,000 check to the Republican Party of Minnesota on November 7, 2016.
Actually, the largest recipient of funds with Minnesota connections for the 2016 was Norm Coleman and his Congressional Leadership Fund … a nice round $10,000,000.00.
What did Norm do with that money … well, here’s an example — $1.9 million for television ads spread out across targeted House districts … attacking MN08 Rick Nolan, and supporting NY0 1Lee Zeldin, NY19 John Faso, NY24 John Katko, VA10 Barbara Comstock and TX23 Will Hurd.
Separately, Mrs. Adelson also gave money to help the campaigns of MI01 Jack Bergman, IL12 Mike Bost, IA01 Rod Blum, CA10 Jeff Denham, IL10 Bob Dold, CA25 Steve Knight, FA18 Brian Mast, ME02 Bruce Poliquin, NY21 Elise Stefanik, IA03 David Young, and so many others.
[Fun Fact : Coleman’s CLF has had door knockers active in MN03 since last summer.]
The 2016 rallying cry of “Drain the Swamp” was successful … now the “Swamp” is clearly in the White House.
Surely, you have seen report that at least 100 White House officials lack long-term security clearances … including high profile folks like, the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, his daughter, Ivanka Trump and other top officials, such as White House counsel Don McGahn and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It isn’t just the questions of security clearance, a number of Trump appointees clearly are “uniquely” qualified … take for example, Albert “Kell” Kelly who heads up EPA’s Superfund reform task force. His resume is “unique”. Kelly came to the EPA after 33 years working at his family’s bank including a stint as SpiritBank chairman, CEO.
SpiritBank experienced significant financial losses under Kelly’s leadership, and the bank was unable to repay more than $21 million it received in federal funds through the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.
Last May, “Kell” signed a consent agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.
The FDIC also issued an order of prohibition — a lifetime ban — barring any future banking-related activities.
That resume may raise some questions, but in his favor is the fact that he has donated twice to current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s prior campaigns in Oklahoma.
“Kell” is known to say ‘I’m not a scientist,’ is now addressing the EPA Superfund program.
Trump campaigned on having the ‘Best People’ … and one would suspect that with all the attention on some of those ‘Best People’ that Members of Congress would be raising alarms … but no … and the simple reason can be paraphrased “the support that Donald Trump has in the Congress is based completely on political fear — fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Donald Trump wants done.”