The President and his Faculty Lounge Administration consistently harp about jobs saved and created from the stimulus, well, how many drug cartel jobs were saved and created with the 10M dollars stuffed in there for the “Fast & Furious”Â operation, ie: “Gun Runner”? We Know How Many Dead Were Not Saved.
Right there in the “shovel ready” stimulus, no black humor intended, is a provision for $40 million for “state and local law enforcement assistance” along our border with Mexico and in high drug-trafficking areas, “of which $10 million shall be transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, salaries and expenses for the ATF Project Gunrunner.”
Attorney General Eric Holder’s “I know nothing” imitation of TV’s Sgt. Schultz has evaporated with the discovery of an April 2, 2009, speech to authorities in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in which he took Gunrunner credit for himself and the rest of the Obama administration.
Holder told the audience: “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner. DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion.”
So which administration official put the Gunrunner money in the stimulus? Which congressman insisted on this deadliest of earmarks?
The original Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act of 2009 was sponsored by Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas. Rodriguez’s co-sponsors were two other Texans, Henry Cuellar and Silvestre Reyes, plus Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Harry Teague, D-N.M.
Perhaps Congressman Darrell Issa could ask his colleagues Rodriguez, Cuellar, Reyes, Teague and interestingly enough a Congressman from NY, Eliot Engel, why they requested that 10M dollars? Â What was their intent?Â More importantly, what agency requested they put that in the bill that NO ONE read before being voted on by all the Democrats?