Obama Profits from his anti-gun Agenda

Just like he and his friends profit from his “green agenda”

 

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I have always known there was a “method to the madness”. You know that when Democrats press their “green agenda” down your throat it is because their friends have businesses that profit from it. They have always portrayed big business as the thieves, when in reality big business makes it’s money the old fashioned way, it Earns it!!!

By creating or managing products or sales and marketing of products or services, hiring of employees to help them in that endeavor. Big business is nothing more than a successful group of entrepreneurs who are good for the economy because they Hire people and spend money.

What about those people who continuously badmouth big business, what do they do for the economy??? Who have they given a job to lately??? Let there be no mistake, opponents of big business are generally collecting salaries from an anti-American, anti big business Billionaire like George Soros.

Why does he finance these things you ask??? Because he makes his money by destroying economies. He makes money by destroying the worth of a country’s currency. So he hires agents to help him do that. Hurt existing companies, while pushing regulations helping “green” companies owned by him and his friends, promising big pay days to politicians who help him.

Obama gave Solyndra and many other “green energy” companies millions and millions of American tax dollars. Just afterwards those companies put our money in their pockets, and closed the doors. Profiting from failure. All of this was planned from day one.

They achieved their objective. Thinking their agenda and yours is the same is where you are mistaken. Go back and look at how much taxpayer money was lost by Obama and his “green energy” friends.

Here is another example of the Obama business model. He gets on television and promotes his anti-gun agenda in front of the world, while in the background he’s invested in firearm and ammo companies. You see he creates a situation causing the sales and price of firearms to soar, while betting on the gun company. Check out the full story from The New American. And subscribe for more great 2nd Amendment stuff !!!

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Sunday, 07 February 2016

Obama Owns Stock in Gun and Ammo Manufacturers, Profiting From His Policies

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While with his infamous “pen and … phone” President Barack Obama has acted to limit the availability of guns and ammunition; with his investments he profits from the purchase of both these objects which have “taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country.

A special report published by Reuters on February 5 reveals that President Obama owns stock in a couple of manufacturers of guns and ammunition.

From Reuters:

From his days in the Illinois General Assembly, President Obama has up to $100,000 invested in a nearly $16 billion state pension plan, which has about $5 million invested directly in several gun and ammo makers. The retirement plan, which covers state employees, judges and the general assembly, also holds shares in a small-cap mutual fund with a $9.5 million stake in Smith & Wesson.

While this is admittedly a minuscule amount of money for one a man of the president’s net worth ($7 million as of 2014), the inconsistency between his advocacy of tighter gun controls and his increase in personal prosperity from the increased demand for weapons and ammunition is noteworthy.

As The New American has reported, President Obama has signed numerous executive orders (edicts masquerading as valid law) restricting the right of Americans to purchase, sell, trade, and own firearms and the ammunition that make them useful.

Such a seizure of power is inarguably tyrannical. While there may be millions who depend on the tyranny for their living and millions of others who support the tyrant’s usurpation as something good, there can be no doubt that for a president to issue fiats from the White House effectively repealing the Second Amendment is the act of a tyrant.

As with most of the notorious tyrants of history, President Obama draws near to the people with his lips, but his heart is set on lining his own pockets. Nowhere is this hypocrisy more evident than in the revelation of his ownership of stock in manufacturers of firearms and ammunition.

The effect on the bottom line of these companies since Barack Obama settled in the Oval Office is remarkable. Again, as reported by Reuters:

Since Obama was elected in 2009, mutual funds have raised their stakes to about $510 million from $30 million in the nation’s two largest gun manufacturers with publicly traded shares, Smith & Wesson Corp and Sturm, Ruger & Co. That means such stocks are now common in retirement and college savings plans.

The influx has helped to boost both companies’ shares by more than 750 percent during the Obama presidency; each now has a market value of about $1 billion.

To many, this double dealing may seem inexplicable. When analyzed economically rather than morally, the problem is solved very easily.

According to principles of supply and demand, when the supply of a good decreases and the demand for that good simultaneously increases, the price ascends proportionally.

That is to say, President Obama’s attack on the gun and ammo industries serves not only to advance his agenda on the Constitution, but to manipulate the price of those two items in a way that favors his personal fortunes.

He can have his cake of decreasing public liberty while eating the cake of increasing personal wealth.

Later in the story of the seeming discrepancy between public policy and personal investment, Reuters painted a clear and condemning picture of the favorable economic developments in the firearm sector that followed Obama’s 2008 election:

By the end of 2015, more than 150 mutual funds owned Smith & Wesson shares, up from 53 at the end of 2008, and nearly 130 held stock in Ruger, up from 52, according to data from Morningstar Inc.

It would have taken investors “minimal due diligence” to see massive profit potential in Ruger stock when Obama was first elected, said Ruger Chief Executive Mike Fifer. Shares hit a low of $4.50 the Friday after that Tuesday election; the stock was changing hands today at $61.61.

“Orders at every level of the distribution channel exploded” the week of Obama’s election, Fifer recalled. “And continued to do so for months afterward.”

And, later in the article, the benefit to the president’s portfolio created by his drive to disarm civilians is reported:

“Let’s just say he’s been good for business,” Jack Lesher, manager of Chuck’s Firearms in Atlanta, said of Obama.

Gun sales jumped again recently after the president blasted congressional inaction on gun control and vowed to use executive powers to expand background checks for buyers and bolster licensing requirements for dealers. His announcement followed yet another mass shooting, on Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, California, where a couple pledging allegiance to Islamic State killed 14 people.

For the week that ended Dec. 20, firearms background checks – a proxy for guns sales – totaled 839,109, the second-highest week since 1998. Only the week after the Sandy Hook shootings was higher, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Vista’s main factories have churned out bullets 24 hours, seven days a week for at least two years, Vista Chief Financial Officer Stephen Nolan told investors in November.

Now the industry is ready for an election-year surge.

“The politics of gun control could stay in the headlines, which we believe could lead to a record year,” wrote Chris Krueger, senior research analyst at Lake Street Capital Markets, in a note to investors in January.

Ruger is boosting inventories to prepare, after learning a costly lesson going into the last presidential election. Demand peaked that year, based on the number of FBI background checks sought for new gun purchases. The surge followed Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook shooting.

“When we went into late 2011, we got cleaned out of inventory … even though we increased production dramatically,” company CEO Fifer told investors during a November conference call.

Regardless, there will be those who will defend the president’s profiting from the companies whose wares have contributed to the crisis of public safety in which “more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence.”

These advocates will point out that the president’s percent of ownership in these industries is indirect and insignificant. Both of those adjectives are apt, but they do not accurately describe the bigger picture.

“Obama and his tiny stake are typical of most Americans with holdings in firearms investments: They are invested in funds that buy shares of the relatively small part of the firearms industry that is publicly traded. But collectively, their investments are a boon to the gun industry and amount to a sizable stake in major gun and ammo makers,” Tim McLaughlin and Peter Eisler write in the Reuters story.

Not surprisingly, Reuters notes that “The White House declined to comment on Obama’s holdings in the Illinois General Assembly’s pension plan, which he earned while serving in that state’s senate.”

 

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The New American

Law Enforcement Forfeitures and You

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I was reading my email today and got a link to this story. Having had personal experience in the subject matter, and wanting to shed some light on something few people know about, I thought I’d share it with you.

In 2006 I got put in jail for a probation violation in Chambers County Texas, it’s not something I’m proud of or normally share but it’s relevant to this story.

I was in the holding cell just inside the front door for about 9 hours. While I was there approximately 6 other people were booked in and put into that holding cell. Of the 6 two were there for nothing more than “having cash in excess of $7500.00 dollars”

The two were arrested solely for being in possession of that money according to them, and they both thought someone had called the police on them. One guy claimed he had $18,000, but police showed him having $12,000. Hmmmmm And the other guy said he had $30,000 cash. Why did they think someone called police on them you ask?

Because they both claimed officers knew they had the money, even asking them before searching the vehicle “Where is the currency?” The FBI runs a joint task force with Chambers County, they are the guys with the dark tinted windows on I-10 before you get to Beaumont, Texas.

Well my curiosity was aroused by now, how in the world did police know these guys had that money BEFORE they searched the car?

Once my booking was complete I got my striped jumpsuit and went on back into the jail. (what joyous memories) Once in the back I met another young kid, he was about 19. The same thing had happened to him!

The kid spoke honestly with me,  said that a man had payed him to drive a Ryder rental truck to Houston from Florida to buy cheap marijuana in Houston. The man who payed him was following behind the truck in a car. The young man said police stopped the car of his associate, so he pulled into a burger shop to wait for him.

He went inside, got a burger and went back out to the truck. As he reached the truck police swarmed in on him and almost immediately asked him “Where is the currency?” He had been in jail a week or so, and after some phone calls found that the man following him was released by police because he had less than $7,000 on his person.

The slick man had the youngster hauling the majority of the cash, over $102,000 dollars! I know what you are thinking, “who can believe a guy in jail.” Well, I saw the kid’s indictment myself and it read “The state of Texas vs. The Kid and $102,000” No crime was cited on the indictment.

That’s exactly what it said! The money was NAMED in the indictment! The kid bonded out later that day and I don’t know what happened to him after that, but I’m sure neither of them got that $102,000 back! And the same goes for the $12,000 and the $30,000.

In one day in Chambers County Texas they confiscated $144,000 THAT I WITNESSED!!! How much more did they get that day that I was not aware of?

After that day I spent in jail, witnessing all of that, and  listening to their stories, I’m convinced that police have some type of “radar” that can detect large groupings of those little security strips in currency. If not, how could they know before searching the vehicle, and pick out THAT vehicle???

That money is just another resource that gets wasted, stolen, or misused in our broken system. Thanks to Bree for igniting me to write about this, because everyone I’ve ever told acted like my hat was made of tin-foil or something. If I had not witnessed it all myself, talked to the people involved myself, and seen the documents for myself………….I probably would not believe it either!

 

This story made me want to tell my story :

 

Cops Seized Over $107,000 From Couple But Didn’t Charge Them With a Crime

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A Massachusetts couple has been fighting for three years to regain cash they say was wrongfully seized from them. In October 2012, the Illinois State Police pulled over Adam and Jennifer Perry for speeding as they were driving through Henry County on Interstate 80. The Perrys said they were headed to Salt Lake City, Utah to see a hearing specialist for an ear infection Adam was suffering from.

A drug dog sniffed and indicated on the car. Officers then searched the vehicle and found $107,520 in cash in a suitcase and in Jennifer’s wallet. The Perrys claimed the search was without their consent and without a warrant. According to the officers, they also found a duffel bag that reportedly smelled of marijuana.

No drugs were found in the car, nor did the government file criminal charges against the Perrys. Nevertheless, officers seized the cash and eventually transferred it to the federal government.

In a letter filed earlier this month, Adam claims that the taken cash came from savings and disability settlements and payments. “Our faith in the United States legal system has been shaken. Why are officer’s [sic] allowed to be judge, jury and executioner on the side of the road?” the Perrys asked in a 2013 response to federal prosecutors.

Unfortunately, their case is not unique. An extensive investigation by The Washington Post into one federal forfeiture program found nearly 62,000 cash seizures since 9/11 where police did not use warrants or charge the owners with a crime. Out of those seizures, more than 1,700 were in Illinois alone.

Moreover, for federal civil forfeiture cases, property owners are not presumed innocent and do not have a right to an attorney. With few safeguards, police and prosecutors can profit from forfeiture. Illinois agencies received more than $186 million in federal forfeiture funds between 2000 and 2013 from the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the Institute for Justice’s report, Policing for Profit.

This article originally appeared on Institute for Justice.

ABOUT AUTHOR

Bree is a recent college graduate from NYC who excels in writing, social media, music-listening, and pizza pie-eating.

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Cops Seized Over $107,000 From Couple But Didn’t Charge Them With a Crime