The cronyism and hypocrisy to which we’ve all become accustomed rolls on:

President Obama announced Thursday that Penny Pritzker, an ex-national finance chair for the Obama campaign, will lead the Commerce Department. If confirmed, she will be the richest cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The president already skipped over her for the nod once.

The New York Times said of Pritzker in 2008, “Ms. Pritzker’s family is renowned for finding ways to avoid paying taxes on its wealth. The Pritzkers were pioneers in using tax loopholes to shelter their holdings from the internal revenue service, and many of their dealings have never been made public.”

But the Pritzker family obviously put the money they saved by finding loopholes and tax shelters to good use by… helping elect a president who thinks the rich don’t pay their fair share. Well played, Ms. Pritzker! Read Michelle Malkin’s column for more on that little game. But remember while reading the column that these are the people who sell themselves (successfully, unfortunately) as tireless advocates of the working class and poor.

And then there’s this story, featuring another shot of cronyism with a broken promise chaser:

On Wednesday, the president named another campaign bundler, Tom Wheeler to head up the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler spent two decades as a lobbyist representing the two industry groups that represented every single cable company, and every single cellphone provider.

Obama’s “no lobbyists” promise was broken to bits years ago.

At about the 3:30 mark in the story below, Jake Tapper discusses the cronyism and hypocrisy while some Obama flack tries to gin up a defense (imagine the person being discussed is Mitt Romney and you’ll realize how forced his arguments are):


14 Responses to “More Cronyism, Hypocrisy and Broken Promises at the White House”

  1. Truesoldier__ on May 3rd, 2013 1:02 pm

    No surprise really. Dear leader needed someone as Commerce Sec that could ensure all the govt contracts go to friends of his and ensure that OFA is well funded with tax payer $'s for years to come.

    This is just dear leaders version of a tax free 401k plan.

  2. SignPainterGuy on May 3rd, 2013 1:12 pm

    Fascinating how the low info voters, the Obamabots, can`t make the connection between the sorry state of our economy and our nation as a whole with the policies of dear leader. They listen to him say how hard he is working for them, for job growth, for better economic conditions, for closing loopholes for the rich. They don`t see that he is a liar, that he never allows himself to be attached to anything, so it MUST be those evil, obstructionist republicans who control congress. And the Joooooos !

    Amazing too that Bush was accused of cronyism at every turn if he selected someone he had ever met, but the Campaigner in Chief gets a total pass on packing his admin. with bundlers and contributors and longtime friends.

  3. Truesoldier__ on May 3rd, 2013 1:41 pm

    And the revolving door between the media and the administration plays a large part in the cover up.

  4. SignPainterGuy on May 3rd, 2013 2:45 pm

    Rush is right now playing clips of Barry`s speech in Mexico, blaming the US for everyone`s ills, in campaign mode, talking as though someone other than himself can impose our will on Mexican people.

    The Rush Limbaugh Theorem; Barry cannot be seen governing; cannot allow anything, any policy, to be attached to him.

    The students there are buying it all, by the sounds of their cheers. The O`Bots here sure do !

  5. SignPainterGuy on May 3rd, 2013 3:31 pm

    Obama`s trend continues with another appointment to a post without the proper qualifications or experience for the job. Instead of skills and experience to improve commerce for Americans, she knows well how to game the system for herself !

  6. swede on May 3rd, 2013 6:12 pm

    "More Cronyism, Hypocrisy and Broken Promises at the White House"

    In other news the earth has once again completed a 360 degree rotation causing the sun to rise this morning. Experts anticipate it will set again this evening as this process continues. Film at 11.

    It would be news if something not corrupt or hypocritical occurred an 1600 Pensylvania Ave – though the cessation of planetary rotation would be more likely.

  7. Truesoldier__ on May 4th, 2013 12:02 am

    Drudge has its top story right now as dear leader blaming Mexico's violence on guns from the US. Well duh, that is what you happen when your DoJ walks guns across the border into the hands of the Mexican Cartels.

  8. Pasadena Phil on May 4th, 2013 1:17 pm

    Speaking about positioning friends to hand out goodies, how about his new Transportation Secretary Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx. His main qualification is that he oversaw a trolley project in Charlotte.

    Oh, and he's black. So now Obama has a black in his cabinet.

    The other interesting thing about this appointment is that this was the job that the completely incompetent and corrupt LA mayor Tony ""Pancho" Villaraigosa was expecting as reward for chairing the DNC convention and he lost it to an even less qualified and UNKNOWN appointee.

    This is a guy who was absolutely sure that he was going to be the next CA governor and then run for president. Now he'd be happy (and lucky) to become the next president of La Raza. He is so corrupt that even after bankrupting LA, he is giving city employees raises on his way out. Where does he think he is, Detroti?

  9. Pasadena Phil on May 4th, 2013 1:25 pm

    But somehow, Teh Won can say "immigrants who are here ILLEGALLY" when he's in Mexico. The AP rule requiring the term "undocumented immigrant" doesn't apply there apparently and as we all know, Teh Won is a stickler when it comes to rules.

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