President Obama Awash in Goldman Sachs Money
Posted by politicalpartypooper on April 21, 2010
$994,795. That’s the amount of money President Obama received from Goldman Sachs employees, members, and owners. I don’t care what direction you come from, what side of the fence you’re on, or what your perspective is. That amount of cash from a firm that was just sued by the SEC, and has a history of dubious Wall Street dealings looks bad. Very, very bad. How bad?
In the 2000 Presidential election, George W. Bush received over $120,000 from Enron executives, members, employees, and owners. For that connection to them, he was skewered by the Left and the Press. Time wrote an expose called Bush’s Enron Problem, while Jonathan Salant of the Associated Press headlined with Bush-backing Enron Makes Big Money Off Crisis.
So far, the press has remained mostly silent about President Obama’s ties to Goldman Sachs. Even though I am a supporter of President Obama, I truly hope that silence changes. Bush received from Enron one-eighth of what Obama received from Goldman Sachs. That in itself is a story. Bush claimed he never knew that Enron was a house of cards. I am sure Obama will claim that he never knew Goldman Sachs was the Mafia. Timothy Geithner will say the same, and White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel will just tell us all to fuck off.
The question is, what will the Media say about it? Anything? Will the Left be as outraged over this as they were over Bush’s Enron ties? Will the Right use this as a political poison dart?
All of this, of course, is after the fact, just as Bush’s ties with Enron were. What can President Obama say that will make any sense? This looks bad because it is bad, and no amount of White House spin is going to change that. Probably Obama knew absolutely nothing about Goldman Sachs and their Mafia ways. There was nothing he could have done.
The problem is, that doesn’t matter. Not in politics, it doesn’t. The American people are already fed up with the domination of our government by big business and special interests. This is just another not-so-subtle example of bad imagery. It looks like corruption. It looks like money-f0r-political-favors, not because those favors were already given, but because we are now left to assume that any punitive action taken by the SEC against Goldman Sachs will have been attenuated by all that money they paid President Obama. That’s what the general public believes when our elected officials accept campaign cash from the Mafia.
Hey, if you are man enough to accept the cash, then you have to be man enough to accept the assumptions that go along with it. I’m just an ordinary citizen, but even I know that if or when I run for office and I accept large amounts of cash from an organization like Goldman Sachs, it’s going to look like I owe them something. That’s the nature of the beast in politics. If you don’t want to look corrupt, don’t accept huge amounts of cash from huge corporations and special interests.
I would think that a little bit of common sense would have whispered this sage advice to our President, and to every politician who came before and will come after. Ω