Last month, via David Harsanyi’s article in the New York Post, I blogged about the stinko influence-peddling deal that made Joe Biden’s brother, James, a rich man.
Now we have another article The Post, this one from Charles Gasparino, which fleshes out this stinko deal i far greater detail.
Here are a few excerpts:
James Biden isn’t a big name in the business of residential housing development, so what exactly qualifies him to work at a construction company and share in the winnings of a $1.5 billion project to build affordable homes in Iraq?
If you said it has something to do with his last name, the one shared by his older brother Vice President Joe Biden, you wouldn’t be far off. At least that’s the guess of some Wall Street analysts who cover the Marlton, NJ-based company Hill International and think they’ve seen yet another sordid tale of crony capitalism.
…the bursting of the real-estate bubble took its toll; Hill shares are down 80 percent since 2008. Since 2011, the company has reported losses. Its Middle East business has also been stymied by the Arab Spring uprisings; in Libya alone, Hill is out $60 million in payments that it’s still trying to recover.
But it got some good news not long after its housing subsidiary hired James Biden as an executive vice president in late 2010. Just six months later, Hill won one of its biggest contracts ever, a $1.5 billion deal to build at least 100,000 affordable homes in Iraq.
Any doubt about the smell of this one?
Amazing, isn’t it? Joe Biden is a working-class hero, a man of the people; that’s the mantra we’ve been fed for years. But, somehow, the family members around him are getting rich by being plugged into situations they seem to have no qualifications for – other than their working-class, man of the people brother.
And media coverage of this amazing series of, er, coincidences? Mostly attacks on any Republican who dares to point it out, from President Trump on down, accompanied by assurances that “there is no substance, no evidence, no reason to believe there is any problem/anything to see…
…and no interviews with Joe Biden’s son Hunter or brother James to question them on how they managed to get rich off their brother’s power and influence.
Hey, why trouble them with trifles like that?
Leave them alone. They have more important things to do. Like, for example, maybe learning something – anything – about the businesses they are paid fortunes to be high executives of.
But don’t worry. Our fiercely neutral media will be right on it….right after they remind everyone that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has kept the USMCA deal Trump negotiated with Canada and Mexico, which would be hugely beneficial to the country, in a closet, collecting dust, for the past year.