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SEC staffers watchin x rated sites instead of Wall Street!

  1. profile image67
    logic,commonsenseposted 7 years ago

    According to AP:
    A senior attorney at the SEC's D.C. HQ spent up to 8 hours a day looking at and downloading porn.   He had boxes of DVD's in his office.
    An accountant was blocked more than 16,000 times in one month from porn sites but still had a collection of it on his hard drive! 
    Seventeen of the ones caught, were making over $200,000!

    That's where they learned to screw us, the taxpayer!

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The worst part is it was probably all teabagging videos.

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        sandra rinckposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        DOH! lol

    2. Springboard profile image81
      Springboardposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This IS terrible, and it most assuredly SHOULD go punished. BUT, what is important here is that we do not blow this totally out of proportion. What I mean by that is simply this;

      This is going on in offices across the country, in big business and in small. To that end it is invariably happening in government offices across the country as well.

      It just SOUNDS bad when it is said to be happening in a government body. It just sounds bad when it's on taxpayer's time, and certainly on the taxpayer's dime.

      But again, this is going on everywhere. So, we cannot blow this out of proportion and turn it into a political issue, nor can we draw the conclusion that THIS is precisely the reason, nor that it has anything at all to do, with the SEC missing Enron, WorldCom, Bernie Madoff, and any others in this long list including the banks and whoever else you want to add.

      Those things were missed for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with watching porn. Those things were a result of too much complexity and not enough oversight, and a system which encourages shoulder rubbing.

      Like I said, it's bad. But let's not get away from the facts. It'll only drive us further from the real answers we need to solve the issues at hand.

      1. William R. Wilson profile image62
        William R. Wilsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Springboard you are the voice of reason!

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    Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago

    Perhaps that's why they didn't think what Madoff was doing was obscene!

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    sandra rinckposted 7 years ago

    Talk about getting screwed!

  4. Arthur Fontes profile image84
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    Perhaps SEC stands for Sexual Entertainment Comittee.

    1. Springboard profile image81
      Springboardposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      lol.

  5. ledefensetech profile image73
    ledefensetechposted 7 years ago

    big_smile big_smile big_smile big_smile big_smile

    Oh that is just too funny.  So much for more regulation and regulatory agencies being the solution.  It would seem all we've done is create a jobs program for attorneys and accountants to get their rocks off at taxpayer expense.

    Does anyone know where I can go to get my money back, this government is a lemon.

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    Poppa Bluesposted 7 years ago

    Honestly all our jobs are being outsourced overseas, why don't we do the same with government? At least then when we're getting screwed, we're doing so for a tenth of the cost!

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      sandra rinckposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Way to pick a time to be cheap.

  7. MikeNV profile image81
    MikeNVposted 7 years ago

    So the solution of course is to create more laws, and more agencies?

    Proof that nothing is working now.  We certainly don't need more Government.

    The past year 40,000 new laws hit the books across the United States.  What's the point if they are not enforced? How much regulation do we as a people need.

    Just today Obama was slamming Arizona for attempting to do something about Illegal Immigration. Something the Federal Government hasn't done in the past 40 years.

    What I found most disheartening was that the bill in Arizona makes it a CRIME to be in Arizona illegally?  Hello... you mean that being here illegally is not a crime now? What part of illegal is legal?

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



      Sometimes when someone mentions illegal they are referring to a sick bird.

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    sandra rinckposted 7 years ago

    I wonder what the investigators said to them when they uncovered their dirty secret. Are you f***ing kidding?

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    kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago
  10. Arthur Fontes profile image84
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    I think it might have been a case of fat typing fingers the C and the X button is awful close on the keyboard.

    They were just typing SEC when the mistake happened.

  11. Ralph Deeds profile image64
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    Spoil sport! Boys will be boys!

    1. JWestCattle profile image61
      JWestCattleposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Not on my dime.........

    2. Arthur Fontes profile image84
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      They were not all boys.

    3. Sab Oh profile image54
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Some people will do or say anything to carry water for this adminstration. I guess they have gotten in so deep with the worshipful nonsense that they feel they can't go back.

  12. Doug Hughes profile image58
    Doug Hughesposted 7 years ago

    This is a news story that's anything but new. It was actually reported in the medeia in November 2008. Who was president in 2008? This "news" has all the sincerity of "gambling in Rick's lounge? I'm SHOCKED..."

    The GOP dragged out a Inspetor Generals report that IS significant in the light it sheds on the Bush SEC. In a few words - "The markets can regulate themselves." The GOP still intends to allow Wall Street to police themselves. Does that seem like a good idea. The GOP would castrate any agency that wants to interfere with 'free markets'.. If you lost your job last year, does that seem like a good idea? If you are a home-owner whose homelost 30, 40 or 50K in value in the recession, do you think an unregulated market is a great idea?

    Goldman Sachs came out of the economic turmoil RICHER than before the recession. And the SEC under this admin is prosecuting for funny business.

    I can't see how anyone else can't see who is on your side.

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



      Exactly!

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      logic,commonsenseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Lets see, hmmmm, who has been in control of Congress and the White House for over a year?
      How long have they let this go on?
      How many of them have been kept by the current administration?
      Who has been in charge of them in the past year?
      By the by Bush has been out of office for over a year now and still some people have such a hatred for him, they cannot let go.
      There are those that despise Obama's policies but they do not spew venom and hate on a personal level like several do with Bush.
      I have little love for few politicians Democrat or Republican, but while I may attack their policies, I respect them as a person, as long as they are honest about what they believe.

      1. lovemychris profile image76
        lovemychrisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        How come you see the venom directed at Bush as hatred, but the venom directed at Obama as attacks on his policies?
        Do you maybe think that the venom towards Bush is because of HIS policies?
        Oh no--we just hate Bush, while you hate policies....
        Like the policy of voodooism by chance? You know, the one where Obama has been shown in African garb with a bone through his nose?
        Yeah--I see where that isn't personal hatred.
        How about the time a Chimpanzee escaped from a zoo, and certain right-wing people said it must have been one of Michell's relatives?
        Yeah..policy hatred there too, right?
        Own up to it! There is personal hatred coming from your side....and for what?
        What policies have hurt you?

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this




          BREAKING NEWS:

          FYI George W. Bush is no longer the president!

          Therefore his policies are hindsight.  He has none.  YOU simply hate the man.

          1. lovemychris profile image76
            lovemychrisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            There is no hindsight for war crimes and crimes against humanity...unless you think that a President is above the law and the Constitution?
            Interesting isn't  it?
            We'll see how you feel when the right-wingers try to impeach Obama.

            1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
              Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



              I would support an investigation into the Bush administration.

              Who would we look to for that to happen?

              I wonder who controls the Dept of Justice?

              Uhm well it must be George Bush?

          2. William R. Wilson profile image62
            William R. Wilsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Bush's policies put us into this recession and into two wars.  They are not hindsight, they are still affecting us and will be for years.

            1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
              Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I know you must be proud of all the Democrats who spoke out against starting those wars.


              What was their name again?

              1. lovemychris profile image76
                lovemychrisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Kucinich, Lee, Paul (R). maybe more, these are the ones I remember.
                Not much but you must remember the mood back in those days? Bush=America!
                ANYTHING anti Bush=Anti-America. Nobody wanted to look like a traitor, plain and simple. Or a wimp. Or an America-Hater...all of which labels were thrown around liberally.
                They were derelict in their duty, which is what Kucinich said when he went to the floor with impeachment articles...he admitted Congress had been derelict, and was calling for them to do the right thing now.
                zzzzzzz only one other Dem Jim McDermott, Vietnam vet stood with him. Sad. And Barbara Lee was the ONLY member who voted against the funding....
                So now we have a new administration who's attitude is "Not going to go there." Why? Time will tell.
                But pulleeeeze don't forget who also went along...every single Repub. And please don't forget CPAC  last month 2010...who cheered Cheney and were chanting in the audiencd for him to run in 2012!
                And when these repubs start calling for Obama to be impeached..that will be the absolute height of rotten political hypocricy.

                1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
                  Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



                  I cannot think of a reason why Obama would go through an impeachment process.

                  I thought the whole Lewinsky/Clinton fiasco was an exorbitant waste of taxpayer money.

                  1. lovemychris profile image76
                    lovemychrisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    That's pretty much what Pelosi said too.
                    But then, what can they ever do that is bad enough? You know what I mean?
                    There's abig difference between an extra marital affair and the things that other crowd are accused of.
                    Oh I Know..it wasn't the affair, it was lying about it....must be why Bush refused to go under oath...and they let him!
                    Then we have all these people locked up for non-violent drug-related bs.
                    I mean, why bother to teach morals? Why keep up the pretense?
                    Just say if you are powerful, anything goes. If you are not...you can be locked up for sneezing if they want to get you bad enough.
                    Then go on and chant USA USA USA......barf.

                  2. Sab Oh profile image54
                    Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    "I thought the whole Lewinsky/Clinton fiasco was an exorbitant waste of taxpayer money."

                    It wouldn't have become such a big mess if the President hadn't broken the law.

  13. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    This is not about Obama or Bush. These rattlers will now get wiped out, and that is what matters!

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



      Do you think incidents like this are isolated. 

      How many other U.S. Government workers are piddling away their time at taxpayer expense.

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
        Ralph Deedsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I worked for a private corporation, a state government agency and a federal government agency, and I never heard of anyone accessing X-rated sites. It's true that many employers, public and private, have issues with some employees wasting time on company PCs surfing the Internet. I have no doubt that accessing porn sites does occur--I heard of one case where an office janitor was accessing porn sites on one of the office PCs after hours. An employee whose computer was used by the janitor was in trouble until it was established that the janitor was the culprit. He was fired for wasting time and unauthorized use of his employer's computer. My point is that problems like this are not more prevalent in the government than in private industry.   In my experience, time is wasted by employees in private industry at about the same rate as by government employees.

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
          Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Americans are not paying those in private business' for wasting time.

          It is ironic that this story breaks within hours of govt protesters in Chicago.

          Sometimes I feel like I am living in a Bizzaro world.  LOL

          1. Doug Hughes profile image58
            Doug Hughesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            This is a story that broke in November 2008.

            It's been dredged up at this time by the GOP to try to undemine momentum for financial reform of  Wall Street.

            At the time of these offenses, appointees of Bush had made it clear thet Wall Street can regulate itself. These people shouldn't have been surfing porn, but they were discouraged from and prevented from doing anything to interfere with Wall Street.

            1. Arthur Fontes profile image84
              Arthur Fontesposted 7 years agoin reply to this



              Is there any problem in this country that will not be blamed on Bush?

              At exactly what time duration does the current employee take responsibility for the position?

              Who the president is or was is kind of irrelevant when you see such a case of blatant waste of taxpayer wealth.

              1. Doug Hughes profile image58
                Doug Hughesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                The Inspector General report on which this is based cam out in 2008 and coveread abuses for a period of 5 previous years. That's 2003 to 2008. All of them Bush years. This is a deliberate attempt to distract voters and it came from a GOP senator who brought up OLD news as if it was NEW news.

                You can bet it's not been going on under the crrent administration, and the action by the SEC against Goldman shows where the agency is now.

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                  Poppa Bluesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I wouldn't take that bet! The point isn't what administration it took place under, the point is government is corrupt, it's ineffective and inefficient because there is no motive to be so. This is what our tax money supports, inefficient, ineffective corrupt agencies that exist only to re-elect the the fools that dominate our lives., and Obama is doing everything he can to expand those agencies. His health care bill alone adds more agencies than FDR did in all of his 4 terms!

  14. alexandriaruthk profile image75
    alexandriaruthkposted 7 years ago

    porno excites them more than the stocks

  15. Arthur Fontes profile image84
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    If a government worker is spending eight hours a day watching videos not related to their job.  I think that would make that persons entire compensation package an unnecessary expense?

    Proving that government budgets could be trimmed without affecting the level of competency we receive in return.

    Private business can be responsible for themselves.  I do not care if a guy at the T Mobile counter in the mall is watching porn on his IPhone.  Let TMobile deal with that.

    When the abuse is at taxpayer expense there is only one reason that it happens.  We allow it to.  Corruption is corruption regardless if the person is stealing pens from the office or sleeping on the job.  Both instances are cases of theft.  Theft from the taxpayer.

    Our employees need to be held to a higher standard.  The only way that will happen is if they feel and hear the outrage of the populace.  Their jobs need to be terminated and prosecution ensued.

  16. lovemychris profile image76
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    Wow....Virtual Reality World....

    As if peope want to bring Bush down for what?
    Cause he's white?

    You really see nothing that Bush did was wrong do you?
    You really think Saddam was a threat, bin-laden did 9/11, and this economic free-for-all just "happened" by chance, don't you? Rich got richer, poor got poorer....all just accidental?

    And of course, ALL of our problems started in January of 09, huh?

    We were living a paradise before Obama came to town, and all was right with the world.

    well, who cares, but;
    Torture is ILLEGAL.
    Wiretapping without FISA is ILLEGAL.
    Invading a foreign nation that poses no threat to us is ILLEGAL.
    Lieing to accomplish all that is ILLEGAL...surely it must be if lieing about an affair commands impeachment?
    You forget Clinton was impeached.
    And you won't even look at what Bushco did....why?

    Bet you can't wait to impeach Obama too.

    Like I said...no moral highground and 0 credibility.

 
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