Democratic Culture Of Corruption
Drug addict Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) uses the streets of Washington DC, as his own private demolition derby, claims he doesn’t remember a thing, and then heads off to a posh rehabilitation center to while away 30 days. Wasn’t it only this past December when he admitted himself to the same rehab center.
After the latest accident Kennedy was cited with failure to keep in the proper lane, driving at an unreasonable speed, and failing to give full time and attention to operation of a vehicle, but not the more serious offense of ‘driving under the influence’ even though he had red, watery eyes and slurred speech as he tumbled out of his vehicle. He should have been cited for driving ‘with influence’ since he was given a pass on the more serious charge. Heaven forbid they actually charge him appropriately and take away his drivers license. The D.C. officials are apparently going to wait to do that until after he drives off a bridge and drowns someone.
Does he resign? Of course not. He won’t even admit any guilt. He is the ‘victim’ of a ‘disease.’ The dreaded ‘lack of self-control’ disease. He is, after all, a Kennedy!
Questions about where he continues to obtain addictive prescription drugs go unasked and unanswered by the media.
Next comes eight-term Congressman William Jennings Jefferson (D-LA) whose House district includes New Orleans and some of its suburbs. The ‘Honorable’ Congressman has been caught with $90,000 'cold cash' in his freezer and apparently there is even a video tape with him accepting a $100,000 bribe. He has thumbed his nose at calls for his resignation from the House of Representatives and has refused to resign from the congressional committees he serves on. He has even taken offense at search warrants which were served at his home and office after he refused to comply with subpoenas. You can read more about the investigation in to Congressman Jefferson here.
It gets better...
Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-WVA), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and ranking Democrat on the house ethics committee, has become a multi-millionaire on his annual salary of approximately $150,000 and a number of ‘shrewd’ real estate transactions. The transactions involve an intricate web of foundations, friends, former associates and businessmen who receive large government contracts. Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post reported:
In a 500-page complaint filed with a U.S. attorney in February, the conservative National Legal and Policy Center in Falls Church challenged the accuracy of Mollohan's financial disclosure forms and detailed a remarkable change in the lawmaker's personal fortune.
Mollohan's real estate holdings and other assets jumped in value from $562,000 in 2000 to at least $6.3 million in 2004, said Ken Boehm, chairman of the legal center.
After first refusing, Mollohan has had the decency to step down, at least temporarily, from the House ethics committee.
(For more information on how to achieve wealth with little or no money, do a internet search on Senator Hillary Clinton and commodities investing.)
And finally, Senate minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has attended hundreds of fights over the years as a boxer and a fight judge, 'needed' to take free boxing tickets in order to do his job as Senator. Apparently the fight game has changed dramatically since the last fight he attended and his attendance was a necessary for him to research the compelling question: Should the federal government do more oversight of the sport of boxing He says he was proud of what he did and would do it again.
I would have to agree with the Democrats who have been complaining about a “culture of corruption” in Washington. Unfortunately, it appears that it's the Democrats who are worst offenders.
At least the Republicans who have been caught in the middle of some indiscretion have had the decency to resign and therein lies the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans have consciences and feel guilt and remorse. The Democrats seem to revel in their misdeeds, never admit guilt (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”), and never look back.
Posted by Rick | May 31, 2006 12:54 AM