Ben Carson Spilled the Beans on Donald Trump’s Possible Vice-presidential Picks

 
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Improvements Needed in Government

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THE RIGHT SIDE

BY BUDD SCHROEDER

MAY 18, 2016

Politics is fascinating, especially in New York.  It has been reported that it has the most corrupt government and the highest taxes in the United States. The accusation can be debated considering the fact that Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana, and California are also noted for not having the most honest politicians in their state houses.

            Politics in the large cities, like Detroit can expand the cynicism regarding dirty politics and politicians.  So this can also be considered.  This column has said many times, politics has very little to do with good government.  It is all about power and money.

            The politicians do a very good job of maintaining their power and are exceptionally kind to lobbyists, those who are generous with campaign contributions and  the Political Action Committees.  Those entities have almost become synonyms for “legal bribery.”

            Has anyone noticed that the large pharmaceutical companies can raise prices on necessary medications without too many, if any, objections from congress?  Some drug prices jumped by 700 percent by the whim of the company executives.  That one did get some notice, but only because the media made it a front page issue and people reacted.

            However, there is still the problem with overpriced medicines and no outrage from the politicians.  Seems like the pharmaceutical lobbyists are doing an outstanding job to protect the profits of the drug companies.  Since Obamacare, the health insurance companies and Medicare are refusing to pay for some of the drugs necessary to cure or stabilize sick people.

            One glaring example of this is that Medicare won’t pay for compounded medications for people with Mitochondrial Disease because it is not an FDA approved drug.  It is supposed to pay for the drug if it has at least one FDA approved drug in the compound, but there are cases where they do the song and dance to deny the benefit.

            Yet, if a person is getting free Medicaid, they get the expensive compounded drug for free.  What a country!  If a person who works all his or her life and pays taxes and contributes to society, they are denied payment for a necessary drug. But, if a person is on the dole and gets the disease, the expensive drug is paid for by the taxpayer.  Go figure!

            The politicians don’t seem to care about the contributor, but focuses on those who are looking for the “free stuff.”  They also seem to pay more attention to the other government dependents including immigrants who come to this country and their first stop is to the social services agency in the county.  They get benefits.  If they are in a Sanctuary City, they don’t have to prove that they are legal immigrants.  No questions asked.

            There seems to be plenty of money in the budget for these people who haven’t been productive taxpayers, but there was no money to give a COLA for the retired and disabled people who receive Social Security benefits.  Politicians obviously don’t care about those who worked all their productive years and paid into the system, but there is enough money to cover the freeloaders.  Of course “free stuff” buys votes and that is another form of legalized bribery.

            Some of the politicians complain that there isn’t enough money coming in to pay the Social Security benefits and think cuts or delays in getting the benefits are necessary.  They are correct.  Social Security has become a huge Ponzi Scheme and they are running low on contributors.  This column offers a simple solution.  Raise the cap on the FICA tax.  In fact, lift it completely.  Keep the tax the same regarding the employer’s contribution for those earning less than $100,000 a year.  But for those who earn more than that, the contribution should be taken on all earned income. 

            So, if a professional athlete in the NFL, NBA, AHL or any of the sports is making $10 million or more a year, he or she pays the SS tax on every dollar. Same for the entertainers and company executives who find ways to defer or defuse the tax burden.  If a politicians gets  $200,000 to make an hour speech, he or she pays the SS tax on that amount.

            Some say that might not be fair, because the benefits for retirement or disability are governed by the earnings and the benefits would be capped by the amount earned up to the $100,000 income limit

            All the contributions go into the general fund and are taken o.  That would be an argument, but the reality is that there isn’t a true Social Security fund.  It is just numbers on paper regarding the budget and revenue stream. ut of the same fund.  The lifting of the cap guarantees that the rich and very rich pay their “fair share” when it comes to a tax on income.  No tax shelters or creative manipulations.  If you get a check for services rendered the government gets their cut at the time of payment.  Simple and fair!

            At this time in the election cycle, why can’t we make this a campaign issue?  Easy answer:  there are not enough intelligent citizens to demand this of the candidates.  What more needs to be said?

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The Kiss Seen ’round the World

The Putin-Trump kiss being shared around the world
Laugh of the day!!
A painting of the pair embracing carries a political message in Lithuania.

It’s incredible all the people that Donald Trump calls his enemies and bad for America, but he says that he thinks Vladimir Putin is a great guy and they’d get along well if he became president. I don’t think he knows what Putin’s all about!

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Press Release U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Reminds Boaters to Always Wear It!

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Buffalo, NY – Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 21-27, 2016.

National Safe Boating Week is the launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It!

“What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if you end up in the water,” said Rachel Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, the lead organization for Wear It! “You can have a great time while choosing to always wear a life jacket and being a responsible boater.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2014, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

“Each year hundreds of people lose their lives, and they may still be alive if they had been wearing a life jacket,” said John Johnson, chief executive officer of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. “You never know when there may be a boating mishap, so it’s important that everyone onboard always wears a life jacket.”

Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Deaths

Source: U.S. Coast Guard 2014 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics

RANK STATE TOTAL DEATHS

1 Florida 70

2 Texas 39

3 California 38

4 New York 27

Top-Ranking States for Reported Boating Accidents

Source: U.S. Coast Guard 2014 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics

RANK STATE TOTAL ACCIDENTS

1 Florida 581

2 California 379

3 New York 175

New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather.

Throughout the campaign, Wear It! will remind boaters of the importance of boating safely, including consistent life jacket wear, boating sober, knowing navigational rules and having a proper lookout. Partners will host local events, teach classes, offer on-water training, distribute educational materials, and perform free vessel safety checks.

If you need more information, would like to interview a member of the U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, please let me know. I will do my best to make it happen.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org

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Meet the U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

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On May 15, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Preet Bharara to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Bharara’s nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009, and he was sworn in on August 13, 2009.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York, which encompasses New York, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties.  He supervises an office of more than 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include domestic and international terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, white collar crime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit.  The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct.

In addition to prosecuting financial fraud, the Complex Frauds Unit is tasked with addressing the threat of cybercrime and has prosecuted core members of the computer hacking groups, LulzSec and Anonymous.  Together with the FBI, the office also recently announced the largest international takedown of defendants allegedly engaged in the theft of personal identification information and other crimes over the Internet.

Recognizing the growing nexus between international narcotics trafficking and terrorism, Mr. Bharara merged two previously independent units to form the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit.  The Unit works closely with partner agencies and international law enforcement, and is responsible for prosecuting leaders and associates of organizations that engage in transnational acts of terrorism, narco-terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and money laundering.

Under Mr. Bharara’s supervision, the office continues to combat corruption in city and state government.  The office remains at the forefront of prosecuting corruption in Albany and at the local level, bringing charges and securing convictions against multiple elected officials and other corrupt public servants.  The office also has prosecuted more than 500 members and associates of various gangs operating in the Bronx, Newburgh, Yonkers and other areas in an effort to make communities in the Southern District safer for residents.

Since Mr. Bharara’s appointment as U.S. Attorney, the office successfully extradited and prosecuted one of the most notorious arms traffickers in the world, Viktor Bout, who is now serving a 25-year sentence.  The office also obtained a life sentence for Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, and for one of the Al Qaeda plotters of the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa.  In addition, the office has convicted scores of insider trading defendants, including Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced to 11 years, and Rajat Gupta.

The office recently secured the guilty plea of Peter Madoff for his role in his brother Bernard’s Ponzi scheme that included an agreement to a 10-year sentence, the statutory maximum. Together with the Madoff trustee, the office also achieved the largest forfeiture in U.S. history – $7.2 billion from the estate of Jeffrey Picower.

Mr. Bharara recently concluded a two-year term as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and as Chair of its Subcommittee on White Collar Fraud.  He is Co-Chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  During his tenure, he helped to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation of the firing of United States Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of cases involving organized crime, racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other crimes.

Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

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Dennis Ward Broke Many Election Laws And Never Blinked

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Dennis Ward

The state statute on voter registration is pretty clear. In order to vote, you must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Rus Thompson was accused of voter fraud because he didn’t live at his present address at least 30 days before an election.

Judge Dennis Ward did the same thing. He lived in Kenmore, as he does now, but voted in Amherst.  I brought this voter fraud to the Chairman of Amherst Democratic committee Jerry Schad.  I informed Len Lenihan as well as Jeremy Zellner. Not one of this men did anything but push Dennis Ward for a Judgeship which he receive.

Dennis Ward put his name on candidate petitions, at the top of the petitions, using his Amherst address, instead of his address in Kenmore.  Dennis Ward does own a home in Amherst which he always rents out.

Is the law different for people like Rus Thompson and politicians who are in the inner circle like Judge Dennis Ward who broke many rules like charging dues to be a member of the Amherst Democratic Committee? This is illegal.  Now they ask for “Donations.”

I guess when the Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner is your dearest friend, as Dennis is, you can break laws and never have to worry about it.

Rumor has it Dennis Ward and his wife are moving to Amherst so his wife can run for office. She doesn’t seem to be popular in Kenmore.

by James Tricoli
Editor of the Amhersttimes.com

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M&T Whistleblower to Share in $64 Million Fine for Loan Rules Violations

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Whistleblower case tied to mortgage loans

M&T Bank Corp. will pay $64 million to the U.S. government to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the bank failed to follow rules for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

And a former M&T employee,  Keisha Kelschenbach, from the Buffalo area who filed a lawsuit that launched the case expects to receive at least $9.6 million of the settlement.

The bank was accused of knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the FHA – which is part of U.S. Housing and Urban Development – that did not meet requirements.

The M&T settlement is the latest in a string of agreements the government has reached with 15 lenders over similar allegations. The other settlements resulted in much larger fines.
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Buffalo Man Charged With Producing Child Pornography

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A Buffalo man faces eight federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

Daniel G. Sasiadek, 61, had been arrested in July 2015 after investigators executing a search warrant at his Wheelock Street home seized numerous computer devices that then were analyzed by authorities.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years and a $250,000 fine.
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Gosy & Associates to Reopen Under New Supervision

‘Bridge’ effort aims to aid thousands of abandoned pain-management patients

Although Dr. Eugene Gosy won’t be returning to his medical practice, the practice itself will soon reopen.
Although Dr. Eugene Gosy won’t be returning to his medical practice, the practice itself will soon reopen.

In a bid to avert a crisis, medical organizations and government agencies in Buffalo have pulled together a short-term plan to take care of the thousands of pain-management patients abandoned after the indictment of their physician and the closing of his practice.

Dr. Eugene Gosy’s practice was shut down April 27 following his indictment on federal charges of unlawfully distributing narcotics, leaving patients with few, if any, alternatives for care. Gosy & Associates, with about 9,500 active patients, was one of the busiest pain-management practices in New York State.

Efforts to aid the patients came together Friday with more evidence of an epidemic raging out of control.

The plan for staffing the practice calls for Dr. Nancy Nielsen, senior associate dean for health policy at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science, to be on the site on Monday. Arrangements have been made to have two physicians from Hospice Buffalo be at the office in the days afterward, although they will not always have to be there to supervise nurse practitioners. They are Dr. Christopher Kerr, chief medical officer of the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, and Dr. Robert Milch, a co-founder and former medical director.
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