Mishandle classified U.S. secrets - no problem, go run for President!
Don't pay your taxes - no problem, get re-elected to Congress!
Use insider information to make sweet business deals - no problem, become the Senate Majority Leader!
Use the IRS to destroy the lives of political opponents - no problem, become the Commander-in-Chief!
Your family profits handsomely from a bill you helped pass - no problem, become the Speaker of the House!
None of this white-hot, steaming pile of garbage is going to change until the punishment fits the crime.
I want to see responsible investigations, arrests, perp-walks, and, when found guilty, prison, nothing less. The only thing that will scare these clowns is a pair of handcuffs and a jail cell.
After major surgery on my back, left knee, left shoulder, and right elbow, and minor surgery on my foot, and to repair a hernia, along with a broken nose, right hand, and two ribs, I thought I was done with the doctor for a period of time. Regretfully, I wasn't.
After a lifetime of intense physical activity from weightlifting to boxing to football, my body is paying me back negative dividends on my investment in a lifetime of physical activity.
I went to the orthopedic surgeon this morning because my left shoulder is causing me a pain I can't live with anymore. I received a cortisone shot but was told that I needed a shoulder replacement. It hit me hard.
Now, I know there are legions of men and women wounded in combat, and people battling deadly diseases, who have far worse challenges than me, and I greatly admire their courage in the face of extreme adversity, but today's news was tough to swallow. An intense commitment to exercise made me who I am. It taught me how to be disciplined and how to commit to long term goals through pain and sacrifice. It was never just a trip to the gym for me. Your body is The Lord's gift to you and I always treated mine as such.
I'm writing this because the young "invincibles" out there probably feel the same way, and have made the same commitments. I implore you to please care for your joints and err on the side of caution if you want to preserve a lifetime of relatively pain-free movement. Unfortunately for me, many times, I did not and now I am paying for it. God bless all of you cross-fitters, MMA fighters, football players, boxers, gymnasts, and athletes out there for your commitment to your respective sports. But, please take care of yourself, or one day you'll have that painful moment of reflection I had today after leaving the doctor's office.
1. The REAL economy is hurting.
The recent increases in the U.S. stock markets have not been driven by improvements in the real economy. Numerous non-ideologically-driven economists knew that the stock markets in China were doomed, but some still held out hope that the U.S. markets were based in improvements "on the ground." This is a myth. When was the last time you received a pay raise? It's probably hard to remember because it was so long ago. Wages and purchasing power typically grow in an expanding economy but, not in this “recovery.” The stock market hasn't increased in value because of improvements in economic productivity but it has increased largely due to cheap money from the Federal Reserve’s accommodating policies and widespread stock buybacks. Basically, the Federal Reserve has been flooding the market with cheap money which is not being used for new business startups and small business lending, but it is being used by companies to buy back their own company’s stocks, and as an arbitrage tool by the financially-connected, and this is artificially inflating the stock market. The REAL economy will improve, and your economic situation along with it, when companies start investing in REAL things. When investment in new plants, equipment, and human capital increases substantially, then so will the money in your bank account.
2. There is nowhere to hide.
After printing hundreds of billions of dollars and engaging in massive “stimulus” programs, the U.S. economy is stalled and beginning to move backwards. Yet, despite the many ominous signs for the U.S. economy, we are not doing as poorly as the rest of the world. But is this the new American ethos? Are we really a country that prides itself on the statement “America; we’re not as bad as the other guys”? I don’t think so. Despite the terrible global economic situation after World War II, the United States prospered because we committed to investing in our future and paying down our debt, not accumulating new government debts, and we became the world’s number one economy (note: it wasn’t due to high tax rates because few people actually paid those rates, google it). Bottom line is, there’s nowhere else to invest right now and the U.S. economy is barely breathing because there are no other options. This could rapidly change if the world’s advanced economies wake up and reform their broken systems first. In decades we could be looking at a United States economy which is the bronze or silver medal winner rather than the gold medal winner.
3. The media refuses to tell the truth.
Logically, the majority of Americans (despite the growth in new media) get their news and information from mainstream media outlets. These ideologically-biased outlets absolutely refuse to tell the truth about the Obama policies which are causing the real economy to struggle. Here are some simple facts which the media largely ignores; wages are STAGNANT, income inequality is GROWING, our national debt is EXPLODING, Obamacare is a FAILURE, and the number of people not working is at HISTORIC levels. When this information is suppressed by the media, or they attempt to ridiculously blame Conservative policies, the impetus for change is not there and we will continue to walk off of the economic cliff. The public pressure to make government leaner and more efficient, to attack government red tape head on, and to decrease the economic burden of government on you by decreasing tax rates and increasing your tax home pay, will never materialize if the media plays hide-and seek with the public.
After the breaking news about Planned Parenthood cutting through the face of a live child, with a beating heart, in order to harvest its brain for sale, is there anything these Planned Parenthood animals can do to lose your support?
Yes, the GOP has its fair share of embarrassments too, and the grassroots has been working overtime to clean up the GOP mess, but I cannot believe that the once proud party of JFK has largely degenerated into such a disgrace. There's no easy way to say it anymore.
Watching this Hillary Clinton email scandal unfold in front of an international audience should disturb every patriotic American citizen. Can you imagine the fury within the intelligence and military community knowing that they put their lives on the line every day to deliver sensitive intelligence to our decision makers in Washington DC and then people with no scruples, such as Hillary Clinton, share that sensitive data with the entire world, our enemies included, over a private, unsecured server?
Watching Hillary Clinton engaging in press-conference, verbal-judo games in a sorry attempt to justify her unbelievably poor, misguided, and potentially illegal actions, is only making this terrible situation worse. I am writing about this today because being the President of the United States requires the judgment to do the right thing, not the easy thing, and not the thing you can get away with. The Clinton's entire political legacy has centered around doing whatever they can get away with, and then making statements such as "it depends on what the definition of is, is" when confronted with their wrongdoing.
Hillary Clinton will do whatever she can do to enrich her political bank account and her personal one and she does not have the judgment to be the President. What's more infuriating is that millions of local, state, and federal employees bust their tails to do the right thing when confronted with a choice between the right thing and the easy thing. I was a federal employee and I recently relocated to Florida. During the move I found some old, unclassified, manuals from an electronics crimes seminar I attended as a Secret Service agent. Although these documents were both dated and unclassified, I paid a company to come to my house and professionally shred the material. I didn't do it because I had to, but because it was the right thing to do.
When you care about the country and not just about yourself, doing the right thing isn't a challenge. Unfortunately we have a leading Democratic Party contender for the presidency who cares about herself first, her power second, her bank account third, and almost no one else fourth. Finally, I have been warning people on the fence about this issue for a while now that a rock-solid reliable source has guaranteed me that Hillary's private email server was compromised and hacked in to. Just imagine for a moment if your son or daughter is a classified operator within the U.S. government in a hot zone overseas and his or her name is on that server?
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Dan and Paula have been married since 2003. Paula is an independent web design consultant who operates a successful small business in addition to being a full time parent to their two daughters, Isabel and Amelia. They reside in Palm City, Florida.
While working full time for the New York City Police Department, Dan used his accrued vacation time to attend the City University of New York where he completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, concentrating in both Neuro-Psychology and Behavioral Learning. During his tenure as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Dan completed his second graduate degree, a Master’s of Business Administration at Penn State University, where he tested at the top of his class.
New York City Police Department
Dan began his career with the NYPD in 1995 as a Police Cadet while attending The City University of New York full time. During his tenure in the Cadet program, Dan was a member of the distinguished pattern identification unit which specialized in the identification and apprehension of serial criminals. Dan also performed many hours of undercover operations in a number of New York City’s communities. Dan graduated from the Cadet program and became a full time Police Officer in 1997, where he graduated with honors from the New York City Police Academy. Dan spent the next two years patrolling the streets of Brooklyn, New York where he saw first-hand the devastation of years of failed social policy and experimentation. He would never see the world the same way again after his experiences with the good citizens of Brooklyn. Dan left the NYPD with official commendations for both meritorious and excellent police duty.
United States Secret Service
Dan proudly joined the ranks of the U.S. Secret Service in 1999 as a Special Agent where he graduated the Secret Service training academy with academic honors. Beginning his career in the New York Field Office, he was assigned to investigate federal crimes including but not limited to protective intelligence, computer crimes, bank fraud, credit card fraud and counterfeiting. His early career was marked by a number of investigative successes. Although the details of his signature investigation are still for official use only, it involved over 300 million dollars in potential financial fraud and a nexus to international terrorism. This joint investigation in cooperation with the FBI, IRS, SSA and a number of local police agencies, was responsible for shutting down a major international fraud ring. The investigation earned Dan the Department of Justice recognition award, along with other agency specific awards, for excellence in investigations.
Dan left the New York Field Office in 2002 to become an instructor at the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. He was the project manager for the re-design of the investigative tactics training program which he subsequently taught to incoming trainees. Dan was awarded a number of commendations for his work in researching and re-designing the investigative curriculum to reflect current trends crime trends.
In 2006, Dan entered into duty on the elite Presidential Protection Division in the administration of President George W. Bush, graduating at the top of his class in the difficult detail training program. Dan distinguished himself early by becoming one of the earliest tenured Special Agents to be given responsibility for an operational section of the protective detail. Dan remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama and again distinguished himself by quickly becoming the highest ranking member of his operational shift of agents. With this distinction came greater responsibility and Dan quickly rose to the challenge. He was designated as the lead agent responsible for the coordination of the President’s trip to Prague for the signing of the START treaty, his trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, amongst a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for the President’s visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan. With the successful coordination of these historic events, Dan was awarded a series of commendations and left the protective detail as one of the most distinguished agents in their history.
Dan transferred to the Baltimore Field Office in 2010 where he immediately made an impact on the community, breaking up one of the largest fraud rings in Maryland's history (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-03-24/news/bs-md-hermann-car-loan-scheme-20110324_1_feds-bust-rental-car-rental-agencies/3).
Small Business Entrepreneur
Dan and his wife Paula are the owners of a successful small business, Bongino Consulting.
- Pennsylvania State UniversityBusiness, 2009 - 2010
- City University of New YorkPsychology, 1997 - 2001
- Queens College, City University of New YorkPsychology, 1993 - 1997
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