Sweet Deals, Sweet Drinks, and Sweet Dreams
Inside The Democratic Culture of Corruption
By Scott Rohter, March 2013
Richard Blum is the head of America’s largest commercial real estate company. He is also the husband of one of the Nation’s most powerful U.S. Senators, Diane Feinstein. She is a Democrat from northern California who sits on many of the Senate’s most important committees. She is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Rules Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. She is also a member of the following important Senate subcommittees: Energy and Water, Agriculture and Rural Development, Food and Drug, Commerce and Justice, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of the Interior, Transportation / Housing & Urban Development, Crime & Terrorism, and Immigration & Border Security. And finally she is the Chairman of the following Senate Committees: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.
Before Diane Feinstein became a United States Senator she was the mayor of San Francisco. Both she and her real estate tycoon husband therefore have deep personal connections inside the Democratic Party going all the way back to the early days of the Clinton Administration, so it should probably come as no surprise to find out that her husband has been chosen by the United States Postal Service to sell off many of its valuable commercial real estate assets as it tries to meet budget and balance its annual operating expenses with its dwindling revenues. These revenues have been decreasing every year as a result of fierce competition from U.P.S. and FedEx and the increasing use of email by the general public. First Class mail used to be the Post Office’s real bread and butter, but as sending faxes and emails have become more and more popular the Post Office’s bread isn’t really getting buttered anymore.
Therefore the Postal Service has had to make some tough choices. One of these tough choices has been to sell off some of its older post offices and along with them some very valuable real estate assets just in order to raise the money to meet its budget. Richard Blum’s real estate company C.R.I. has been hired to sell off these quasi-public properties. Many of these buildings have significant historical value because they were constructed during the early years of the 20th Century. Some were built during the sentimental New Deal Years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, like the one now being offered for sale in Berkeley California, right around the corner from C.R.I.’s home offices.
All of these properties that are being sold are all fully paid for. They were purchased with U.S. taxpayer’s dollars, and they are allowed free and clear by the U.S.P.S. The only cost to keep them is the cost to actually keep the doors open and the heat and lights on. The United States Postal Service doesn’t even have to pay property taxes on these subject properties. So let me ask you an important question. Would you sell your house just because you couldn’t afford to pay the electric bill? Well the Post Office is, and Senator Feinstein and her husband Richard Blum stand to make a fortune. His firm C.R. I. is the sole real estate company offering these properties for sale. Of Course C.R.I. will be making a 6% commission on the sale of each and every one of these postal properties.
The Post Office’s operating budget every year is increasingly being eaten up by higher and higher employee payroll and retirement costs. With FedEx and U.P.S. competing for their best parcel post routes, and the public turning more and more to the use of email and fax, the Postal Service has to keep raising the cost of a stamp. Yet it still finds itself behind the perennial, financial 8 ball whenever it comes to balancing its budget. This is not through any company mismanagement, or fault of its own. It is because Congress is directly allowing our constitutionally mandated United States Post Office to be plundered and pillaged. While this has probably been going on for more than thirty years now since the Post Office was renamed, these carpet bagging operations seem to be picking up steam once again with the offering for sale of many U.S. Postal Service commercial real estate assets.
Congress has been mismanaging the Postal Service for a long time. It has not been attuned to the Post Office’s need to compete and remain a profitable enterprise. Instead of allowing postal properties to be sold, Congress should be considering ways to make the U.S. Postal Service more profitable.. One of the ways they could do this is to allow the Post Office to branch out into new areas like email, and on line personal banking services of the type now provided primarily by Pay Pal. Congress could also allow the formation of a U.S. Postal Service Bank or Credit Union for in house banking services. Why not? They have an office in everybody’s neighborhood, don’t they?
Meanwhile Diane Feinstein and Richard Blum are just licking their chops at the prospect of conducting more plunder and pillage operations on the U.S. Postal Service. A powerful United States Senator’s husband is standing by, all ready to make millions from a U.S. taxpayer funded enterprise, and no one in the mainstream media is even raising an eyebrow over his 6% commission on the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of quasi-public assets. My only question is this… How does a powerful U.S. Senator from San Francisco manage to get away with such a sweet deal?
Meanwhile, all the way over on the other side of the country, on the other coast, another meshugena member of the government ruling class, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York is actually trying to eliminate another kind of sweet deal. He is trying to ban all 32 ounce sugary soft drinks from being sold in New York City. Fortunately for the rest of us, some of his Democratic colleagues in the Judiciary don’t quite agree with him on eliminating this sweet deal.
A short drive down the coast from New York City, another Democrat Senator from New Jersey, Senator Robert Menendez is under investigation on suspected corruption charges involving one of his large donors from Florida named Salomon Melgen. Mr. Melgen is an ophthalmologist who owns among other things a security company in the Dominican Republic. There are allegations that Senator Menendez who received over 580,000 dollars indirectly from Melgen through a Democratic Super Pac intervened directly on behalf of his benefactor in matters involving Melgen’s security company. It is also alleged that he intervened on behalf of Melgen’s eye clinic which was accused of overbilling the United States government. It has also been alleged that that while visiting the Dominican Republic Salomon Melgen furnished prostitutes for the Senator’s enjoyment as well.
Apparently Hillary Clinton’s favorite term, “a culture of corruption” is now finally starting to come true… although it is coming true under a Democratic Administration, and all the participants are Democrats. You just got to love it. Sweet dreams Hillary.
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