Monday, October 16, 2006

Culture of Corruption?

October 16, 2006

As we have been frequently hearing from the Democratic Party, it is Republicans that are guided by a “Culture of Corruption” within Congress. In their “no-holds barred” drive to reclaim Congressional Power, they have jumped on the chance to smear all Republicans over corrupt acts committed by a few.

Calls go out for resignations, investigations, impeachment and censuring of top Republican leaders every time one is even remotely found to be acting untoward in any manner. Be it a sex scandal where no actual sex took place, bribes or just improper conduct, Democrats are having a heyday painting the Republicans as “Corrupt to the Bone.”

No doubt, the Republicans have some bad apples, as has been witnessed by recent events. Congressman Bob Ney, (R. Oh.) has pled guilty in the Abramoff scandal. Tom Delay (R. Tx.) is facing investigations, possible indictments and trials in Texas, after resigning from the House, “Duke” Cunningham (R. Ca.) has been sentenced to 8 years for his receiving at least $2.4 million in bribes and underreporting his income for 2004, and Mark Foley (R. Fl.) also resigned and committed himself for treatment of alcoholism after it was discovered he was emailing and instant messaging inappropriately with pages aged 16 and 17.

Democrats have been using all of this to show how corrupt the Republicans are and why they deserve to be ousted in this year’s election, hopefully, returning the Democrats to Political Power. Politicizing the War on Terror hasn’t been enough for them, so they must play this angle too.

However, voters need to know that although there is corruption in Congress, it is not restricted to Republicans.

Before I go further, let me say that I advocate removing ALL corrupt Politicians regardless of party. Democrat, Republican, Independent, doesn’t matter to me, corrupt is corrupt and they need to go!

In April 2006, Representative John Conyers (D. Mi.) was accused of using Congressional Staffers, on government time and payroll, to baby-sit his children, as well as ordering staffers to work on campaigns.

Allan Mollohan (D. WV.) the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee is under investigation for a 1,000 percent increase in his assets over 4 years. It is alleged that his disclosure forms between 1996 and 2004 contain 260 omissions or undervaluation of his assets.

In regards to the Abramoff scandal of the lobbyist bribing public officials, records show it hasn’t only been Republicans receiving excess amounts of funds from Abramoff. Among the biggest beneficiaries were Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrats, including Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) and Harry M. Reid (Nev.), the top two Senate Democrats at the time. Several other Democrats received funds from Jack Abramoff but all claim their funds were legitimate while Republicans receipt of funds weren’t.

Of course, one of the biggest scandals that never went anywhere was semi-excused was that of Ted Kennedy’s (Ma.) auto accident, possibly from driving drunk, at Chappaquiddick, Ma. That resulted in the death of then 28 year old Mary Jo Kopechne. Senator Kennedy has remained in office since that accident in 1969.

Currently, Senator Harry Reid, (D. No.) leading the charge of Corrupt Republicans, is coming under fire for some land sales in Nevada that netted him some $1.1 million on land he claimed to not have owned for the previous 3 years. As more evidence of impropriety is revealed in this deal, he has chosen to use the Hillary Clinton defense of, “A Republican Smear Campaign.”

Speaking of the junior Senator from New York, her hands are not exactly clean either. In August of 2000, she is reported to have under reported funds raised at a lavish fund raiser by some $800,000. Earlier in her career, she invested $1,000 in cattle futures only to reap a $100,000 return within one year. Several economists have said that the chances of earning such returns legally were one in 250 million.

For some reason, little is heard of these matters within our more Liberal Press and reports that do leak out seem to be swept under the rug or hushed up, fast. This is by no means a complete list of known problems within Congressional members of either party, just the tip of the iceberg.

Still, one has to wonder how one party can call the other so corrupt before they even clean their own house?

Corruption costs us all, in money, esteem and credibility. No one deserves a pass when it comes to corruption and any really corrupt should be removed, not allowed to pay a small fine and continue sitting in Congress, provided they are Democrats.

Democrats are correct about a “Culture of Corruption,” but it hardly confined to Republicans. Democrats need to first look in the mirror and clean their own act up first.

Maybe then we could hear why former Democrat President pardoned 140 convicted felons, including drug dealers, tax evaders, his own brother Roger on a drug charge and 16 members of FALN, a violent Puerto Rican nationalist group that set off 120 bombs in the United States, on his last day in office.

Lew

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