Operation Choke Point was designed to scrutinize businesses that make it easy to launder money and helps to keep a closer eye on the financing of dangerous terrorist activities. In other words, President Obama is trying to keep us safer by following a trail of cash that could be used to fund acts of terror. This is, according to the Right, another power grab by the Black Socialist in Chief. If only President Obama was a Republican White Male, he would be lauded for his plan to keep tabs on businesses that are often fronts for real shady activities. Reverend and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee (R) is utterly outraged the government has the audacity to prevent fraud, cut down on crime and stop the flow of cash from money laundering operations. .
What's the reason for Obama's initiative? Huckabee sees nothing wrong with these companies that "the Obama Administration just doesn't like." Some of these holier than thou industries that are under scrutiny are: ammunition sales, cable box de-scramblers, credit card schemes, debt consolidation scams, drug paraphernalia, escort services, firearms sales, Ponzi schemes, racist materials, pyramid schemes, money transfer networks, fireworks sales and pharmaceuticals. Huckabee began the interview with the first "victim,"a female business owner from Mesquite, Nevada. Because the D.O.J. deems her business risky, she is unable to get a commercial bank account. Her business thrives on high interest loans with great profit in return. Sandra Perry, owner of Cash Express feels she is being targeted because Senator Reid is helping Obama destroy small, honest businesses for no good reason.
West Michigan Pawn owner, Brian Brookman, "every bit the average guy," is facing a similar situation in one of the economically hardest-hit states in America. He sees nothing potentially wrong with pawn shops as they are fine establishments where you can unload a ring and get a gun in exchange. Huckabee says he used to shop at pawn shops all the time to buy guitars and cameras. This is just another un-American abuse of power by the US Justice Department with that pesky AG Eric Holder at the helm.
The official guest in the segment was Brian Wise of the US Consumer Coalition who calls Operation Choke Point the biggest threat to consumer choice and FREEDOM. He once complained in a pro-business and anti-regulation article by insisting
"This is a situation where the banks are kind of the victims."
Those poor banks have suffered enough!
It's nice to know the religious right is determined to allow questionable businesses that often aid and abet criminals, to operate regulation-free. The "Jesus loved guns, ammo, and escort services" meme can easily be inserted in a new version of the Huckabee New Testament. WWJP.