The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 March 2008

Al Franken In New Flap Over Unpaid Worker's Comp

STUART'S SURPRISE

Latest Franken Mess Reminiscent Of Past Flaps







Poor Stuart Smalley: if only the world would stop picking on him.

First, it was that unpleasant matter with the $875,000 in taxpayer funds illegally diverted from the Boys & Girls Club to Air America's account. He couldn't have been aware of that, right?

Then, it was his own bloated salary and benefits, which sucked the liberal talk radio network dry at a time when it was having trouble raising cash.

And more recently, even his exercise room habits have drawn unwelcome attention. What's a senate hopeful from New York, **ahem** Minnesota, to do?


Now, a new flap has emerged, one with a timeline that parallels his Air America tenure. Minnesota Democrats Exposed scooped everyone this time, with the mainstream media playing catch- up.

From the Minneapolis Star- Tribune:


DFL Senate candidate Al Franken owes a $25,000 penalty to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees of his namesake corporation from 2002 to 2005, state officials said.

New York officials have made numerous attempts to contact Franken about the matter since April 2005 but have gotten no reply.

Campaign spokesman Andy Barr said that neither Franken nor his wife, Franni, were aware of the matter before Tuesday. They have lived in Minneapolis for the past few years and did not know about the state's attempts to reach them in New York City, he said.


But Powerline wonders about the Franken's seemingly- fuzzy timeline:


Franken claims that he was unaware of the matter before Tuesday, when it was brought to light in a series of posts at Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Franken's campaign spokesman told the Star Tribune's Kevin Duchschere that Franken and his wife have lived in Minneapolis for the past few years and did not know about the state's attempts to reach them in New York City.

Is that right? Maybe. But the evasion attempted by his campaign spokesman is misleading at best. I attended a Minnesota Democratic fundraiser on June 11, 2005, at which Franken was the featured speaker. I posted my account of the event and of Franken's talk in "Saturday Night Live with Al Franken." My account relates Franken's statement that Franken was in the process of buying a condominium in Minneapolis in order to relocate himself from New York. Franken had not at the time made the move from New York to Minneapolis.


MDE certainly has caught Franken-fiend in a bit of hypocrisy:


I will add that during a U.S. Senate debate that I attended back on September 30, 2007, Franken said "I'm a corporation, I employ a bunch of people." Franken also said "I love corporations that play by the rules, and we have to make them play by the rules."


The big mystery is why so many in politics, including some on the right, have been so willing to give this two- bit dirty- dealer the benefit of the doubt when he has never shown why he deserves it. We've yet to see Stuart take responsibility for his own actions even one time and doubt that will change now.


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5 Comments:

  • Again with the same old nonsense, the same tired photos?

    Franken is irrelevant anyway, but this repetitive jabber, in the midst of conservative talk radio's collapse, is completely ridiculous.

    By Anonymous hashfanatic, at 05 March, 2008 19:39  

  • Don’t believe one optimistic word from any public figure about the economy or humanity in general. They are all part of the problem. Its like a game of Monopoly. In America, the richest 1% now hold 1/2 OF ALL UNITED STATES WEALTH. Unlike ‘lesser’ estimates, this includes all stocks, bonds, cash, and material assets held by America’s richest 1%. Even that filthy pig Oprah acknowledged that it was at about 50% in 2006. Naturally, she put her own ‘humanitarian’ spin on it. Calling attention to her own ‘good will’. WHAT A DISGUSTING HYPOCRITE SLOB. THE RICHEST 1% HAVE LITERALLY MADE WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. Don’t fall for any of their ‘humanitarian’ CRAP. ITS A SHAM. THESE PEOPLE ARE CAUSING THE SAME PROBLEMS THEY PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT. Ask any professor of economics. Money does not grow on trees. The government can’t just print up more on a whim. At any given time, there is a relative limit to the wealth within ANY economy of ANY size. So when too much wealth accumulates at the top, the middle class slip further into debt and the lower class further into poverty. A similar rule applies worldwide. The world’s richest 1% now own over 40% of ALL WORLD WEALTH. This is EVEN AFTER you account for all of this ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS from celebrities and executives. ITS A SHAM. As they get richer and richer, less wealth is left circulating beneath them. This is the single greatest underlying cause for the current US recession. The middle class can no longer afford to sustain their share of the economy. Their wealth has been gradually transfered to the richest 1%. One way or another, we suffer because of their incredible greed. We are talking about TRILLIONS of dollars. Transfered FROM US TO THEM. Over a period of about 27 years. Thats Reaganomics for you. The wealth does not ‘trickle down’ as we were told it would. It just accumulates at the top. Shrinking the middle class and expanding the lower class. Causing a domino effect of socio-economic problems. But the rich will never stop. They will never settle for a reasonable share of ANYTHING. They will do whatever it takes to get even richer. Leaving even less of the pie for the other 99% of us to share. At the same time, they throw back a few tax deductable crumbs and call themselves ‘humanitarians’. Cashing in on the PR and getting even richer the following year. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. Their bogus efforts to make the world a better place can not possibly succeed. Any 'humanitarian' progress made in one area will be lost in another. EVERY SINGLE TIME. IT ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK THIS WAY. This is going to end just like a game of Monopoly. The current US recession will drag on for years and lead into the worst US depression of all time. The richest 1% will live like royalty while the rest of us fight over jobs, food, and gasoline. Crime, poverty, and suicide will skyrocket. So don’t fall for all of this PR CRAP from Hollywood, Pro Sports, and Wall Street PIGS. ITS A SHAM. Remember: They are filthy rich EVEN AFTER their tax deductable contributions. Greedy pigs. Now, we are headed for the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time. SEND A “THANK YOU” NOTE TO YOUR FAVORITE MILLIONAIRE. ITS THEIR FAULT. I’m not discounting other factors like China, sub-prime, or gas prices. But all of those factors combined still pale in comparison to that HUGE transfer of wealth to the rich. Anyway, those other factors are all related and further aggrivated because of GREED. If it weren’t for the OBSCENE distribution of wealth within our country, there never would have been such a market for sub-prime to begin with. Which by the way, was another trick whipped up by greedy bankers and executives. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. The credit industry has been ENDORSED by people like Oprah, Ellen, Dr Phil, and many other celebrities. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. Now, there are commercial ties between nearly every industry and every public figure. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for their ‘good will’ BS. ITS A LIE. If you fall for it, then you’re a fool. If you see any real difference between the moral character of a celebrity, politician, attorney, or executive, then you’re a fool. WAKE UP PEOPLE. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. The 1% club will always say or do whatever it takes to get as rich as possible. Without the slightest regard for anything or anyone but themselves. Vioxx. Their idea. Sub-prime. Their idea. NAFTA. Their idea. Outsourcing. Their idea. The commercial lobbyist. Their idea. The multi-million dollar lawsuit. Their idea. $200 cell phone bills. Their idea. $200 basketball shoes. Their idea. $30 late fees. Their idea. $30 NSF fees. Their idea. $20 DVDs. Their idea. Subliminal advertising. Their idea. The MASSIVE campaign to turn every American into a brainwashed credit card, pharmaceutical, love-sick, celebrity junkie. Their idea. All of which concentrate the world’s wealth and resources and wreak havok on society. All of which have been CREATED AND ENDORSED by celebrities, athletes, and executives. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for their ‘ good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS. ITS A SHAM. NOTHING BUT TAX DEDUCTABLE PR CRAP. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. EXTREME WEALTH HAS MADE WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 March, 2008 20:32  

  • This topic is about Franken's latest accomplishment: a brazen scofflaw. As expected, the local Minnesota newspapers are silent about the charges against the slippery eel. Thanks for keeping us informed Brian.

    Anonymous: Geeze 1,079 words to whine that you don't have as much as someone else and then spit out some tired Communist drivel on "world prosperity for everyone". How about focusing on solutions, instead of complaints?

    Suggestion: Try to be more concise

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 05 March, 2008 21:23  

  • Anonymous,

    OK, so the top 1% gold half of all the wealth in America. They also pay half of all the income taxes in America.

    Seems to be to be properly balanced - income taxes kind of go with wealth...

    By Blogger Da, at 06 March, 2008 01:58  

  • Ahhh. There it is. The old 'jealousy' assumption. The first and only possible motive considered by the vast majority of my critics. Never mind the 3 BILLION people still living in serious poverty. Never mind the 100 children who will die from starvation in the next 10 minutes. Never mind the current US recession. Never mind the upcomming depression. Never mind our own future. I MUST BE JEALOUS RIGHT? C'mon Benson. Its not ALWAYS about jealousy. Put down the 'Psychology for Dummies' book and try again. I also have a challenge for you. Pick up your favorite dictionary and look up the definition for 'communism' or 'socialism'. Post it here along with a reference. Then point out the lines that allow for land ownership, home ownership, private industry, and a reasonable scale of personal wealth. Do it now. No? THATS WHAT I THOUGHT. Da. You're missing the point. The richest 1% cause a dominoe effect of socio-economic problems. They shrink the middle class, and expand the lower class. Which lowers the potential revenue drawn from both. They also aggrivate every major problem of modern society. Like bankruptcy, forclosure, crime, ect. Which wreak havok in every major city. Increasing the need for financial aid and the burden on law enforcement. About the FEDERAL INCOME TAX. Its not that simple. When you account for all state and local taxes, the middle class actually pay damn near the same rate as the 1% club. Then you have earmarks and diversion of funds. We are talking about BILLIONS of dollars diverted behind the scenes. These funds are not going to Joe the carpenter. The lion's share of diverted funds go back to the rich one way or another (developers, investors, executives, attorneys, ect). Even Donald Trump got a kickback (look it up). Bottom line: No matter how you do the math, our economy would be more stable, and prosperous for the majority, with a fair and reasonable pay scale and a reasonable distribution of wealth. WITHOUT LOANS FROM CHINA. There is your solution Benson. Instead, we have an epidemic of greed, corruption, and injustice. A terribly offset global economy which grows more offset by the day. All of it orchestrated by the 1% club. If these filthy pigs want to be over-paid, then they should be over-taxed as well. Like I said, they STILL own 1/2 of ALL UNITED STATES WEALTH. There is nothing you can say to justify that. Not taxes, jobs, or anything else. As far as my proposal goes, I won't live to see it. None of us will. I'll just have to settle for the next best thing. TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. ITS THE 1% CLUB. THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. When the depression hits, I will be right there to make people understand what caused it. In the meantime, I'll garner more support on air and online. I've been at this for 2 years and making progress in every forum. By the way Benson. We both know damn well that you read every word and understood every word. Your small minded psychological tactics will not phase me. This cause is by far, the most important I have ever stood for. I will not be intimidated.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 March, 2008 10:56  

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