Stronger punishment for all white collar crime.



White Collar Crimes


Too many companies use one midlevel management person to put the blame on. The people have seen this time and time again and it needs to stop. Everyone involved should be charged as a conspiracy, because when something major is done, it is not done by one person alone. There should not be any plea bargaining or any scapegoats. For example, the Enron incident -- these people are the leaders of this great nation and by knowingly deceiving the people, they should be punished as a common individual with no special privileges. The people have seen this time and time again and it needs to stop.

For example, Congressional oversight of the D.C. budget has allowed Congress to pass riders that are attached to the annual appropriations bill, stopping the D.C. government from acting on measures passed by D.C. Council or, in one notable case, by District residents.

There should be no special prisons for the rich or powerful. If they cannot handle being with the general population, then they should be put into solitary confinement. Having to pay for these special prison buildings for the few that are there, is a huge waste of money and time for our prison systems. If any of these systems are funded by the federal government, they should be closed down. There should be no special prisons for the rich or powerful. If they cannot handle being with the general population, then they should be put into solitary confinement. Having to pay for these special prison buildings for the few that are there, is a huge waste of money and time for our prison systems. If any of these systems are funded by the federal government, they should be closed down.

Everyone involved should be charged as a conspiracy, because when something major is done, it is not done by one person alone. There should not be any plea bargaining or any scapegoats. For example, the Enron incident. These people are the leaders of this great nation and by knowingly deceiving the people, they should be punished as a common individual with no special privileges.

There should be no special prisons for the rich or powerful. If they cannot handle being with the general population, then they should be put into solitary confinement. Having to pay for these special prison buildings for the few that are there, is a huge waste of money and time for our prison systems. If any of these systems are funded by the federal government, they should be closed down.

It is a criminal act for congressmen to add or change terms and issues that are in Bills that are finish or close to being finished when the rest of congress is officially out on break.

Any committee, board or politician in any city, county or state cannot override the peoples vote on any issue should be considered a crime.

Any over sight committee or board who lets the party whom they are over seeing get away with illegal activity.

The riders often have been used to halt measures of interest to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities from moving forward. What’s more, the riders are so common that the City Council’s general counsel, Brian Flowers, is incredulous at the thought of a budget bill without one.

"I cannot even imagine a rider-free Appropriations Act," says Flowers, who has worked as a lawyer for the City Council since 1997. "I’ll believe it when see it."


Omnibus Appropriations Bill


With Sunday’s passage by the Senate of the Omnibus appropriations bill, though, the District was a step closer to having the most onerous riders wiped clean from the budget. The House passed the measure a few days earlier, and President Obama is expected to sign the bill this week.

Among the measures that are removed is a long-standing rider that kept a medical-marijuana initiative passed overwhelmingly by D.C. voters in 1998 from being implemented. As Flowers, the lead lawyer for City Council, says, "The only step that remains is for it to be transmitted"" to Congress for the required 30-day review period for which all District legislation must be submitted.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, however, told the Washington City Paper on Friday that Initiative 59 did not need to be submitted for the review period. ’’The Congress speaks when it says, ’We overturned that [rider],’" she told that paper. "That means you can do it."


Against the Expectations of the Population


The people has lost their confidence in our committees that run our governments, for example, even if the voters say no in three different voting times on the same issue. The committees still do what they want even if it is against what the people said. For example, in Seattle, the county commission wanted to build a stadium for their local team. The right to use public money to help build a stadium was sent before the people and the people voted no. Three times a county commission put the vote to the people and each time the voted no. The county commission used public money to help build the stadium anyway. This is a crime.

The county commission should have been prosecuted or should have resigned for doing so. There are other ballparks that brought about controversy because of the financial funding of the parks as well as lists references of related issues pertaining to parties involved in the decision to move forward with building the stadiums. (Denver, Seattle and San Francisco Baseball Stadiums).

Another example, the state of Washington and the state of California, promised their people, that if their state had a lotto the majority from the lotto would go to schools. Instead, the schools are only getting 17% of the lotto money and the rest goes into the state general fund, which is totally wrong. Once again, the voters had lost their inspiration in voting, knowing that was once promised, was not achieved. We need to give the voting confidence back the people.

According to an article appearing in the New York Times, research shows that the schools in New York have been shortchanged by state lottery funding. There is a state court order requiring more money to be spent on New York City schools. One issue mentioned by a New York's Assemblyman was the school-financing formulas and how the money is being allocated. Since 2000, city schools have been cheated out $340 million in state lottery money. According to the study, the city lost out on $48 million in 2000, $57 million in 2001, $91 million in 2002 and $142 million in 2003, money that could have gone to teacher salaries or school construction.

I think, if any city, county or state, which is getting any federal funds, should make it a crime to reverse what they have voted for or what has been promised. The federal government should have the right to penalize, if not incarcerate the individuals who are involved in misleading the people. This issue should be considered a crime and the punishment should be harsh meaning no special prisons, they should be in general population unless their life is threatened then they should be in solitaire. the punishment should be harsh meaning no special prisons, they should be in general population unless their life is threatened then they should be in solitaire. This is a white collar crime. Strong punishment should be enforced.

Once Congress has gone on break, no Congressional members or committees can rearrange any bills or legislation until they return to session.

In the past, bills were passed and once Congress went on break, Congressmen or committees would return to the House and add to the bills whatever they wanted.

In my opinion, adding a rider to a bill while Congress is on break is the same as going behind the people of this nation’s back. Adding issues onto a bill, which does not relate to the bill itself, is a procedure that has been going on for decades, and must stop. There needs to be a law imposed against riders, which should carry a heavy penalty such as: (a) resignation from office, (b) fines, or (c) imprisonment.

Consider the Enron incident. These people are the leaders of this great nation and by knowingly deceiving the people, they should be punished as a common individual with no special privileges.

The committees that are in charge of dispensing the state lotto funds are reasonable for the profits to go straight to the schools of that state and is reasonable for an even disputation of the money to each school. If this was done, then the teachers would be getting a good wage and school supplies would never be low. If the Lotto over sight committee is not doing this because then they need to speak up for the people and then they should report it some state law enforcement office. If the state does not enforce the law, then they should report it to the F.B.I.

The officials that are in charge of the distribution of funds for the state lotto, should be charged for misusing public funds. For example, the lotto in Washington and California, 100% of it is supposed to go to schools, but in reality, roughly 17% goes to schools, the rest of it goes into the State General Fund. The original idea of having a lotto in these states were to pay for all school necessities which includes teacher’s pay, school building repair, supplies, etc., etc. etc. This issue should be considered a crime and the punishment should be harsh meaning no special prisons, they should be in general population unless their life is threatened then they should be in solitaire.

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