Politicians on the Take?

Politicians shut down businesses because of COVID-19.

But the rules don’t apply to everyone.

In San Francisco, gyms were forced to close, but government gyms stayed open.

In my new video, we see a Dallas woman being jailed for keeping her salon open and a New Jersey man getting arrested after working out indoors.

Ordinary people who break the rules get punished.

But not House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Politicians are special.

Now, politicians have allowed more businesses to open. Dallas relaxed its rules for most businesses a few months ago.

But not for Dale Davenport’s car wash. Dallas won’t allow Dale to reopen because, shortly before the epidemic, they decreed his car wash a “hub for drug sales and crime.”

His car wash is indeed in the middle of a high-crime neighborhood, and many cities have laws that let them close a business if the owners conceal crime.

But Davenport didn’t do that. When he saw crime, he called 911. Dallas politicians then used his 911 calls against him, saying his frantic phone calls were evidence his business was a “public nuisance.”

“This is absolutely crazy,” complains Davenport.

Still, Davenport “bent over backwards” to do almost everything the politicians asked him to do.

“They said (to reduce crime), build a six-foot fence. I built an eight-foot fence,” he tells me. “Then they said, put up signs. I already had signs up, so I put up more signs. Then they told me to put up lights. I already had lights up, so I put up more lights.”

That still wasn’t enough. The city came in and closed his business, anyway. “They murdered my business,” says Davenport.

Closing it didn’t reduce crime. Crime in the neighborhood stayed about the same.

But the community lost a center. For 20 years, people drove to Dale’s car wash, and then visited other local businesses while their cars were washed.

“The businesses next to my car wash, their business is down 40-50%,” says Davenport.

Why did politicians go after just one business that was well lit and where the owner did most of what the politicians requested?

Davenport suspects the politicians shut him down because he won’t give money to their friends. The city told him to hire armed guards, but when he hired them, he says he was told, “You’ve hired the wrong guard company.” He hadn’t hired a guard company owned by a city councilman.

Could it be that corrupt Dallas politicians want the money for themselves?

“This is extortion,” says Davenport.

We contacted all 14 city council members. Not one agreed to an interview.

Dallas has a rich history of political corruption. The guard company Davenport says the city wanted him to hire was owned by former councilman James Fantroy. In 2008, Fantroy went to prison for stealing $20,000 from a college.

Former Dallas city council members Dwaine Caraway, Paul Fielding and Don Hill were all jailed after being convicted of bribery or extortion.

Instead of paying car wash employees, Davenport now spends his money on lawyers, hoping to fight city hall. “This is wrong,” says Davenport. “This is tyranny.”

It’s bad enough when politicians kill businesses with COVID-19 shutdowns. It’s worse if they kill a business because the owner won’t give money to their friends.

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

8 thoughts on “Politicians on the Take?

  1. Ever notice, it was only the small businesses fully shut down. The corporations, most of whom are in bed with the socialists, were allowed to stay open.

    I wonder why…..

    1. Allowed to stay open? Worse! Given massive government bailouts and then use that money for executive bonuses before filing bankruptcy. Small businesses rarely get any help and have no pull. I employ 10 people and I pay full rate taxes. Amazon wants to create 10,000 jobs so they pay no local taxes. Well what if me and 1000 small businesses demand we collectively should pay taxes either? Why do the big companies get a competitive advantage? Beat me in business? Okay. But the government picks winners and plays favorites. And it seems usual toward the wealthy donors.

  2. Large cooperations are being enriched through these closures. There should be no reason for them to be closed or shackled at this time.

  3. Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak is the worst when it comes to being paid off for manipulating the rules of who can open and who can’t. No rhyme or reason to his insanity… Erh, stupidity.

  4. Not all corporations shut down because some of them are deemed essential. Take the corporation that I work for. It moves natural gas that is delivered to large electrical power generation plants. You know, the stuff that we all depend on to be there when we flip the light switch on and don’t forget the good ol’ A/C. Wouldn’t want to sweat to death. My company shut their offices but we were allowed to work from home these past six months. Oh…I can guarantee you that my corporation is not in bed with “socialists”. In fact, the socialist democratic party tries very hard to put us out of business. They spend millions on blocking us from building natural gas pipelines, the safest most efficient way to transport natural gas. Tech companies are more likely to run by socialist democrats.

    Best Regards
    Mark

    1. Excellent story. Hopefully you can help this man tell Yes story to the President of the United States and kick butt and pay him back every penny that he’s been out!

  5. I wish I could’ve told my story about losing my house to foreclosure back in 2009. I was trying to do a loan modification and I had plenty of money and I kept trying different ways to save the house but they kept turning me down so I lost my house that we had had since 1992 and raised our family in it.

    1. Same thing happened to a friend of mine Bank of America has a massive law suit going on right now because of that. She was in a modification and all the while there was another file from her regular payment saying she was making reduced late pay emery’s which was what BOA told her to do….. lawyers are out of Chicago fyi

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