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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:36 PM

Mitt Romney Tells Rich Donors His Secret Plan To Cut Housing Assistance

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Source: Think Progress

During comments overheard by an NBC news reporter, Mitt Romney told a crowd at a private fundraiser last night that he might eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development, scale back the Department of Education, and eliminate some specific tax provisions. There are all details that he has refused to divulge on the campaign trail:

Romney went into a level of detail not usually seen by the public in the speech, which was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below. One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Cabinet-level agency once led by Romney’s father, George.

“I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney said. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later.




Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/16/464935/romney-private-fundraiser-hud/



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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:45 PM

1. Maybe, most likely, he will rip it off like Reagan did - the forgotten scandal

The HUD rigging scandal consisted of Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigging low income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan's campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists such as James G. Watt a former Secretary of the Interior. Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down, including the following:


James Watt 1.James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 24 felony counts and pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to pay a $5000 fine.
2.Phillip D. Winn - Assistant HUD Secretary. Pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to give illegal gratuities.; pardoned by President Bill Clinton, Nov., 2000
3.Thomas Demery - Assistant HUD Secretary - pleaded guilty to steering HUD subsidies to politically connected donors. Found guilty of bribery and obstruction of justice
4.Deborah Gore Dean - executive assistant to Secretary Pierce - indicted on thirteen counts, three counts of conspiracy, one count of accepting an illegal gratuity, four counts of perjury, and five counts of concealing articles. She was convicted on twelve. She appealed and prevailed on several counts but the convictions for conspiracy remained.
5.Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted for accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.
6.Silvio D. DeBartolomeis convicted of perjury and bribery.
7.Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, the Treasurer of the United States from 1989 to 1993

Pierce, the Secretary, though the "central person" in the scandal, was not charged because he made "full and public written acceptance of responsibility."

Retired Federal Judge Arlin M. Adams served as independent counsel in first five years of the prosecution, through 1995, and Larry Thompson completed the work 1995-98.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_administration_scandals#Department_of_Housing_and_Urban_Development_grant_rigging

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:46 PM

2. He's either got the inside track on the election or going bananas.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:47 PM

3. I think bananas might be offended at you using his handle like this.....

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Response to MindMover (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:50 PM

4. I like DU bananas. Got another word I can use to edit this with that's P.C.?

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:52 PM

5. He is going to hit the poor real hard

there is no mercy here

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Response to lovuian (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:04 PM

8. the poor and near poor would be hit the hardest

those making the salaries of his nannies and gardners would take a large step backwards while he

talks about the "dignity of work" which he really has never known.

He's another silverspoon living on the government teat rich asshole.

Him and his ilk are what we are up against.

Good luck and peace to you.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:56 PM

6. Spoken like a TRUE sociopath! n/t

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:56 PM

7. I work at HUD! About 70% of what we do is for the poor. FHA for moderate income families.

R-Money is really showing us who he cares about, and it's not anyone but the uber-rich!

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:08 PM

9. his dad actually tried to IMPROVE housing and urban development

but nixon "thwarted" his efforts.

george romney was a moderate republican who would be vilified by today`s republican party. today he`d be a moderate democrat.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:10 PM

10. Is this what Chris Matthews was teasing earlier?

I missed it

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:11 PM

11. OMG. Poor people are going to financially, physically & mentally devasted if Repubs get in.

If the Repubs win, poor people are really going to suffer. The Repubs have gone so far right that they seem to have lost even the sense of pretending to care about their co-citizens.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:48 PM

12. Romney is a sociopathic shitbag!!

 

I had no idea!


Oh, wait. Yeah I did.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:14 AM

13. And I'll bet he got a big round of applause

What is it about wealth in America that turns people into heartless bastards?

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