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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Laws? What laws? It’s a scam.

Have a look at what our DoJ has basically come up with in its pursuit of cash tied to civil rights lawsuits, because it is a doozie. Check this out:

The Justice Department has found a new way to pursue civil rights lawsuits, using the powers of the Civil Rights Division not just to win compensation for victims of alleged discrimination but also to direct large sums of money to activist groups that are not discrimination victims and not connected to a particular suit.

In the past, when the Civil Rights Division filed suit against, say, a bank or a landlord, alleging discrimination in lending or rentals, the cases were often settled by the defendant paying a fine to the U.S. Treasury and agreeing to put aside a sum of money to compensate the alleged discrimination victims. There was then a search for those victims—people who were actually denied a loan or an apartment—who stood to be compensated. After everyone who could be found was paid, there was often money left over. That money was returned to the defendant.

Now, Attorney General Eric Holder and Civil Rights Division chief Thomas Perez have a new plan. Any unspent money will not go back to the defendant but will instead go to a “qualified organization” approved by the Justice Department. And if there is not enough unspent money—that will be determined by the Department—then the defendant might be required to come up with more money to give to the “qualified organization.”

So the DoJ has come up with a “neat” way to increase big government’s ability to choose who will be the winners and who will be the losers. With their attempt to fool the people into allowing them to pass another trillion dollar stimulus patronage bill to funnel tons of cash to demcocrat operatives, lobbyists, agents, donors, and causes rebuffed, something like this becomes a godsend. Especially when some of these organizations now set up to benefit from this scam have been banned from getting government funds.

It also sure looks like the Obama Justice Department has come up with a new way to circumvent the pesky way Congress, even though it is now in demcorat hands and absolutely abhorred having to do so, defunded ACORN, and can now funnel cash to whatever these various pieces of ACORN – the name changed, the mission and tactics will stay the same - are called today.

Republicans are particularly concerned that the “qualified organizations” money might end up with groups that are associated with the community organizing group formerly known as ACORN. Republican lawmakers want to avoid sending federal money to groups that Congress has deemed unsuitable to receive it.

And it doesn’t stop there. There is a whole lot more that is wrong with this whole scam.

But the concerns of Republicans, and perhaps some Democrats, go beyond ACORN and other activist groups. The new Civil Rights Division tactic represents a departure from a fundamental principle of such cases, which is the pursuit of justice on behalf of actual victims. “If the Department of Justice recovers funds for alleged civil rights violations, the money should go to compensate victims or to the Treasury,” says Bob Driscoll, who was a top official in the Civil Rights Division during the first two years of the George W. Bush administration.

My bet is that the victims, real or imagined, will soon not be getting any money, as this new DoJ scam will end up just funneling as much as it can to the usual scumbags. And Bush was the one they said was running and illegal fascist government. Go figure. That’s “Hope & Change” for you in the age of Obama.

Posted by AlexinCT on 08/05/10 at 07:11 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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