Power: President Obama calls government spending "investments." But Obama had taxpayers invest not just in harebrained green energy schemes, but in those who might hurt him — like David and Holly Petraeus. The late British Stalinist journalist Claud Cockburn is given credit for quipping, "Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe." (Snip) On top of Gen. Petraeus´ sizable government salary, CNSNews reports that since last year his wife Holly, the victim of Petraeus´ alleged affair with author Paula Broadwell, has been enjoying a $187,605 salary as an assistant director within the Dodd-Frank law´s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Pure Chicago style patronage job. This kind of crap is epidemic throughout liberal circles and a big reason we keep getting smacked with tax increases.This is clearly a no show job and it´s getting more disgusting by the day how people are selling their country out for the almighty buck.
The simple fact that Petraeus even took a job under Obama should have been a tip off he might be a closet liberal.You can pretty much assume his wife is now.
Incomplete reporting here...she got the job after a meeting in the WH with the WH staffer slated to direct the new CFPB, but who was blocked = now Senator elect Elizabeth Warren of Mass and was among its first hires...Holly was a highly executive for the BBB working on military members/family consumer issues for a short period, a position she never applied for...one someone just called and offered her the newly created post...
Holly´s name was first mentioned on this site in my 10/26 reply questioning GenP´s silence:
Sympathy for Holly just went south. The bribery, blackmail and sell-outs occuring during this administration would, doubtless, boggle the mind. Start with Old Media´s treachery in reporting lies and hiding any truth which would unmask the president ....
What truly amazes me is the vast number of people willing to become traitors for a price. I´m one of naive ones who actually believed most American citizens would stand up for country and countrymen. But John Wayne and Bob Hope are really dead, and today´s Hollywood has desecrated their memory.
Can´t help but wonder (according to Jay Carney, say) what in her background made Mrs. Petraeus uniquely qualified for the $187K a year job as "an assistant director in the Consumer Financia Protection Bureau".
Don´t bother organizing a weekend drinking game based on the number of times the alphabet media mentions this story. Your buds will go home parched.
Thoe who are confusing the Petraeus extramarital affairs with any guilt in the Benghazi matter may be thinking as well as they can but not too successfully. They are not related, except in a way many people may not have considered.
Holly´s pay - with no disrepect to her- is another indication that other people´s ( our) money is too easy to spend, as in Solyndra and other governmental matters.
Can all the other Congrssional committees ask/require Petraeus to testify or does he have to appear only once? I´d love to see Jason Chaffetz and Trey Gowdy get their turns with the good general -- they seem pretty tenacious.
This bit of news makes the general and wifey a little more unsympathetic. Right now, General P is at the scum ball level, and wifey, pigging out there in the troff.There are so many facets to this story, there will be a point where there are no surprises.
But don´t let the big points in these couple lines get past you!
FTA: The CFPB, which is expected to destroy thousands of small banks, is funded by the Federal Reserve, so Congress has no oversight over it. Indeed, Mrs. Petraeus´ post is not subject to Senate confirmation.
Clever. Set up the CFPB, thanks to Dodd and Frank, outside Congressional oversight. Well, well, well.
Oh... Holly´s sinecure pays $129,000 less than Michelle´s $316,000 evaporating Chicago hospital "job" did. Sheesh. $129,000 is a pretty hefty income itself.
All we got to hang our hat on now is 2016 in hopes that the country can still be saved by then. Sadly these big government salaries paid as political payback is pretty widespread. How about that fiscal cliff coming up folks, so the Obamanation can get those big pay raises next year?
They’re telling this story about Lord Beaverbrook and a famous actress. In a game of hypothetical questions, Beaverbrook asked the lady, “Would you live with a stranger if he paid you a million pounds?”
“Yes,” she answered.
“And if he paid you five pounds?”
The irate lady fumed, “What do you think I am?”
“We’ve already established that,” returned Beaverbrook. “Now we’re trying to determine the degree.” —The U. of California Pelican
We all know a version of this, but a a lady of the night is still a hooker.
Petraeus gets $200K plus in retirement pay and Holly gets $187K plus whatever he made as CIA director ($200K plus?). Roughly $600K from the public trough. Not bad.//Hitler gave his field marshals and senior generals gifts of large sums of money to shore up their loyalty. Obama is indirectly doing the same thing.
considering that the WH is trying to destroy Petraeus, I´m not, and I´m not at the moment interested in any negative story the WH could have planted. I just don´t want to join any chorus they are leading. Let´s wait and see what Petraeus does. I can just imagine one of the WH equerries noting to Petraeus that it didn´t take long for the right to turn on him in a pack. let´s give him a chance.
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