Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I've always liked Dick Morris. Well, to be honest, I've really only liked him since he parted ways with Bill Clinton. Morris used to be Clinton's right hand man, his top political advisor, but the things he witnessed under the Clinton presidency (especially from the first lady) left Morris with more than a sour taste in his mouth. Now, America is facing the grim possibility of a second Clinton administration, and Morris has become the canary in the mine of American politics. Here is an intriguing story first broken by the New York Post about what Bill has been up to since leaving office. Read the article, then decide for yourself, but here are some key points:

--Since he left office in 2001, former president Bill Clinton has been paid by InfoUSA, an Omaha, Nebraska company that has been identified as a key provider of specially designed databases that are sold to criminals who use the detailed information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly.

--And, just months after he left the presidency, Bill Clinton was paid $200,000 for a speech given to InfoUSA in Omaha. Since then, he has been paid an undisclosed amount each year, listed only as “more than $1000” for ‘non-employee compensation” on Senator Clinton’s Senate financial disclosure form.

--According to the The New York Times, InfoUSA compiled and sold lists that disclosed the names of elderly men and women who would be likely to respond to unscrupulous scams. The lists left no doubt about the vulnerability of the elderly targets.

--One list said: “These people are gullible. They want to believe that their luck can change.” (As I type this, Bill Clinton is cashing checks from this company!)

--The relationship between Bill Clinton and Vinod “Vin” Gupta, the CEO and Chairman of InfoUSA is both long-standing and deep. A frequent Clinton donor, he has stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom, admitted to donating $1,000,000 to the Clinton Library and told the press that he’d consider an additional donation.

--InfoUSA has lately been attacked by some of its shareholders, particularly by the Greenwich, Connecticut company Cardinal Capital that went after Conrad Black. Lord Black is now on trial in Chicago for corporate fraud (anyone have thoughts of Enron?)

In addition, Hillary is stalling on the release of her financial records, records that no doubt show more details of their involvement with this despicable organization. This is Bill Clinton, ladies and gentlemen. This is what he does best. And if you think President Hillary Clinton will be any different? Well, I'm sure they're banking on it. After all, InfoUSA has apparently scammed many people just like you, and Bill Clinton built a political career doing the same.

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