When a corporation gets caught with its hand in the cookie jar it is customary for the CEO to take the fall, and a clean-up crew to be selected. Preferably one that is familiar with the problem. As a result of a series of articles on this website, my radio program, newsletter, and my new book, "Mitt Romney and the Mormon Mafia" the Mormon Church has reshuffled the deck.
H. David Burton:
Burton was the President of the Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Under Gordon B Hinckley, he was given the charge to create a top-secret company known as Ensign Peak Advisors. Church assets and businesses were liquidated to move them "off the books" where they could more easily be plundered through the process of Put Options, High-Risk Loan Portfolios and derivatives contracts. Some of the same tools used to rape Beneficial Life, also a Mormon Church owned enterprise.
The slush fund and Burton were also key players in the 5-8 billion dollar Mormon Mall called City Creek Center. It appears that the $500,000 project was downsized with the resulting billions in cost over-runs. For the unitiiated, cost over-runs and project kick-backs usually go together and normally lead to sealed indictments.
It seems that petty theft is a major crime in Utah, while massive theft is considered a virtue within the Mormon Church Hierarchy. Surely the FBI, which understands how futures contracts have been used to plunder wealth, would bring these perps to justice if they were actually permitted to investigate. Compromised politicians serve multiple purposes in Mormon Utah.
The Mormon Church can shuck and jive with the best of them it seems. Just look at the Utah Compact fiasco, which tried to legalize illegal immigration:
"That support included, the LDS Church, which endorsed the Utah Compact and had Presiding Bishop David Burton present when Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bills last month. But LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said the church wasn’t involved in the drafting of America’s Compact and didn’t know if there would be future involvement with it....
The LDS Church stepped from the sidelines on immigration reform and squarely onto the playing field Tuesday by sending Presiding Bishop David Burton to attend and speak at Gov. Gary Herbert’s signing ceremony for four bills passed by the Utah Legislature. “Our presence here testifies to the fact that we are appreciative of what has happened in the Legislature this session,” Burton said at the signing, indicating it was no accident or private decision. “We feel the Legislature has done an incredible job on a very complex issue.”
Burton’s presence was an extraordinarily public endorsement for the LDS Church, which typically prefers working in the background. And it has supporters and critics from within the faith scrambling to know how to react...
Presiding Bishop David Burton praised the Legislature for doing an “incredible job” on the issue and saying his presence at the bill-signing ceremony “testifies” to the church’s appreciation for the outcome." (Source)
For those that think "Official Church Spokesman" means that you actually represent the Church in these matters, Bishop trumps Pawn on the great Mormon Chessboard. In fact, the Presiding Bishop who serves at the pleasure of Church President, Thomas S Monson, and runs the Mormon Slush Fund, seems to be the second most powerful piece on the Board.
Not the most powerful however, Burton was following orders that came directly from Gordon B Hinckley, Thomas S Monson and Boyd K Packer. The fact that none of these Mormon Leaders has called for a criminal investigation, would lead many a Meeple (Mormon Sheeple) to conclude that they might not like where that investigation would lead.