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    Where the he-- is Congress>

    King obumbles is out of control. And Congress isn't standing up to him. Cut off his money, for cripes sake.



    By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune reporter

    October 3, 2012
    Under orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. Justice Department moved forward Tuesday with the purchase of Illinois' long-dormant Thomson prison, cutting a $165 million check to the cash-strapped state and bypassing the objections of a powerful veteran Republican U.S. House member who had blocked the sale.

    "At this point, the president had to intervene and do this directly. I hope people understand he's doing it for his state," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the state's senior senator and No. 2 Democrat in the chamber. Durbin acknowledged it was a "rare" move to bypass the written approval of a high-ranking House Appropriations Committee member to proceed with the purchase of the facility in northwest Illinois.

    Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf had blocked the federal Bureau of Prisons purchase, saying he did not trust the Obama administration's vow not to transfer suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the facility despite a federal law that prohibits such moves. Wolf also said he did not trust Attorney General Eric Holder, whom the GOP-led House found in contempt for the failed Fast and Furious gun-walking program.

    Wolf, who chairs the House appropriations panel that oversees prison funding, called the administration's latest move "alarming." He also said the "timing of this $165 million windfall to the president's home state of Illinois," shortly before the Nov. 6 general election, "is suspect."

    The prison also is expected to draw workers and related business from neighboring Iowa, a swing state where Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are battling.

    "It directly violates the clear objection of the House Appropriations Committee and goes against the bipartisan objections of members in the House and Senate, who have noted that approving this request would allow Thomson to take precedence over previously funded prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire," Wolf said.

    Wolf and Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers, who chairs the overall House Appropriations Committee, each questioned whether the move would lead the Obama administration to again consider closing Guantanamo Bay and try to move terrorist detainees to U.S. prisons after previously abandoning such a policy in the face of political opposition. Rogers also suggested the cost of updating Thomson and bringing it to federal prison standards could end up doubling the purchase price.

    The Thomson sale has been mired by Washington politics for at least three years. Built for $140 million in 2001, the state never opened the prison because it lacked the money to operate it.

    Though the prison was appraised for $220 million, federal and state officials agreed on a $165 million sale price. Justice Department officials presented the check to a federal judge in Rockford as part of a "friendly condemnation suit," Durbin said.

    "This is excellent news that will create more than 1,100 jobs in northwestern Illinois and provide relief to taxpayers across the state who will no longer be forced to pay for an empty, unnecessary facility," Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

    A Quinn aide said an undetermined amount would be used to retire bonds that funded construction of the facility. The governor's office said it will work with lawmakers to earmark the remainder to offset some of the state's multibillion-dollar backlog of unpaid bills.

    Durbin said Illinois' congressional delegation approached Wolf several times on a bipartisan basis to try to get him to sign off on the sale, but the congressman refused. The senator said he spoke to Obama about the sale in March aboard Air Force One, and the president agreed to move forward on the purchase if Wolf did not remove his objections.

    Durbin said funds for the purchase came from unspent money in the Justice Department budget for the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

    The Thomson prison issue also has been at the forefront of the highly competitive 17th Congressional District contest between freshman Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling and Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos. Schilling had urged the state to renegotiate the sale price to $75 million to try to get the support of his fellow Republican Wolf. But citing the state's money problems and previous negotiations with Justice Department officials, Quinn's office rejected Schilling's effort to lower the price.

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    Could it be the government elect is going to start locking itself up for its failed leadership and corruption within? and they need a place for themselves.

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    Senior Member Tom In Ont is on a distinguished road
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    yep, gotta open it up and give them all free Obamapho's before the corrupt election.

    Americans, when this N A Z I president gets in and you get a dose of 4 more years, I'll be campaigning my MP's not to let Americans assail our border fleeing like the Mexicans do in earnest. You folks deal with the devil that is before you.

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    Tom, any chance you can start selling "hall passes" into Canada? It would defintely be more profitable than farming.

    GP

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    Senior Member Tom In Ont is on a distinguished road
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    GP, I'll diversify like the government told me to do after they shut the door on my tobacco operation, so I'll smuggle in US folks that are sick and tired of supporting the deadwood of society.
    I'll only take Canadian cash or gold as collateral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom In Ont View Post
    GP, I'll diversify like the government told me to do after they shut the door on my tobacco operation, so I'll smuggle in US folks that are sick and tired of supporting the deadwood of society.
    I'll only take Canadian cash or gold as collateral.
    So why is a Canadian advising us on politics?
    DON'T CROSS THE RIVER IF YOU CAN'T SWIM THE TIDE

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain

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    Senior Member Tom In Ont is on a distinguished road
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tall Grass View Post
    So why is a Canadian advising us on politics?
    because I'm subjected to the very same here in Ontario, a socialistic marxist type nationalistic governing type liberal body.

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