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The Culture Of Corruption On Steriods

The latest to be caught up in it is Rahm Emanuel:

News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) – and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel’s previously undislosed ethics problems.

One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro’s husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel’s days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

So, lived free for 5 years and didn’t pay taxes on the gift (which, frankly doesn’t particularly bother me, but since Democrats would crucify a Republican official who did the same thing, I think hoisting a Dems on the same petard is perfectly acceptable), allegedly threw business into the lap of the person who was providing the gift, and fiddled while Freddie Mac burned.

To me the most serious of the three is the last. I see it as gross dereliction of duty. FM was fined 50 million bucks while Emanuel was paid $262,000 (speaking of fat cats) for obviously doing nothing as a FM board member during the time for which the fines were assessed. It isn’t a ‘golden parachute’ or a bonus for failure, but it is darn close.

I’d say a tax audit is called for, but then since Timothy Geithner would have to call for it, so nevermind.

Then there’s the ongoing probe into supporters of John Murtha which has now widened to include him.  Allegations have surfaced that he may have broken campaign-finance laws during a fundraiser held by the same people now under FBI investigation.  I’m just shocked, shocked I tell you!  Then there’s Charlie Rangel.

And Roland Burris? Heh … “Oh, yeah, um by the way, I did offer to raise money for the ex-gov.  Somehow that just slipped my mind during the hearings.”

Tell me again how it is now so much more ethical and honest in Washington DC since the Democrats took over?  Oh, and transparant.  That too.

“Just words …”


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18 Responses to The Culture Of Corruption On Steriods

  • Remember how Nancy Pelosi just had to dash off to Italy, so the “stimulus” bill could not be delayed a moment sooner.

    I had this feeling that this would be the result ..

    VATICAN CITY, February 18, 2009 ( – The Vatican Press Office released a note this morning detailing part of the conversation which Pope Benedict XVI had with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vatican insiders inform that such releases are always phrased in diplomatic language and thus the correction of the Speaker who fancies herself a faithful Catholic despite her abortion advocacy can be taken as a rebuke. The text of the note reads: “His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”

    .. by the end of the visit, I bet Nancy was wishing that she would rather be acting bipartisan with Republicans.

    Gone are those dreams of being “Her Holiness”

  • What can one say about democrats (spit)  except that, “Trash is as trash does”?

    I appreciate that politics attracts the vain, the dishonest, the venal, the selfish, and the greedy, but the type of scum that gravitates to the democrat party (spit)… The worst part of it is that they aren’t held accountable.  I believe that looker made the point with regard to Sebelius (sp?) and her illegal attempts to “cook the books” in Kansas to cover up the massive debt they have: you can ignore the law in pursuit of a “good cause”.  This is the mantra of democrat trash: “We’re trying to HELP people!  We have good, noble intentions!  Therefore, the law really doesn’t apply to us.” We saw it with Slick Willie and his misogynist antics: he was allowed to abuse women because his policies “helped” Women.  Ditto Charlie Rangle and Timothy Geithner and their tax problems: they don’t have to obey the tax laws because they’re trying to help The People.

    Some pigs are more equal than others, I suppose.


    • Add this to your outrage ..

      The bill sets up a new panel, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which has the authority to request “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.”

      • !!!! 

        So, this new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board will assure “accountability and transparency” by telling the inspector general NOT to conduct investigations????

        The inmates are running the asylum.  Or, more accurately, the cons are running the prison.

  • take down the cheaters!

  • Don’t forget the big investment scam raid yesterday. The guy also had verrrrrrry close ties to the Dems, so expect the story to be buried right quickly.

    Maybe if they toe-tapped in a men’s room they’d get some coverage.

  • Holder: US is nation of cowards on racial matters

    Does anyone think this will go over any better than that comment during the campaign about a “nation of whiners” ?

    • what does he want, some kind of social affirmative action?  Are we going to be required to register our friends in a national database and be matched up with minorities looking for friends?

      Dear Mac,

      We’ve noticed that your friends are not culturally diverse and have assigned Mr Cortez to be be your friend.  You will be required to have one bar-b-q together per month and one poker night per month.

      Social Affirmative Action Division (SAAD)

    • They’re going to nationalize Facebook and MySpace.

    • Only if Mr Cortez brings the beer. Corona’s okay but Negro Modelo is preferred.

  • That reminds me of Slick Willie’s trip to the Vatican, when Willie said that he and the Pope had made some progress in narrowing their differences. The Vatican immediately responded that if anyone had changed their position, it was Willie. Evidently, Popes don’t care much for Democrats.

  • what idiot was arguing with me on Catholic Dogma again?  I forget.

    • Erb – who else.   In his view the Catholics he knew personally and what they thought were more important than the Pope and what he thought when it came to Church Teachings.  I think Pelosi sees it the same way though.

      • looker, I think that attitude goes hand-in-hand with the statement, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”  To me, that’s translated, “I like the idea of Heaven and God, I just don’t want to have to follow any rules that won’t let me do what I want to do.”

      • This is a common malady with Catholics in countries with an advanced standard of living.
        When you don’t need anything, you don’t need God either (except when you’re dying)

    • Martin Luther King defined a personal relationship to God as being more important than Church doctrine. 

      • unaha-clospMartin Luther King defined a personal relationship to God as being more important than Church doctrine. 

        And so it is.  However, church doctrine spells out what defines a good personal relationship with God, and what doesn’t.  It seems to me a trifle hard to believe that somebody has a “good relationship with God” when they constantly break or outright deny the rules that their church tells them He sets.

        • Did I miss where Martin Luther King was responsible for establishing Doctrine for the Catholic Church?  Personally I have a ‘relationship’ with the Lord outside the bounds of what I was taught, but I don’t, at any point, think that my beliefs supersede the teachings of the Catholic Church for people who consider themselves members OF that church.  Feel free to believe what you like, but don’t go calling yourself a good Catholic if you aren’t following the teachings of the church.  Seems pretty simple.  This is a case of not being able to have your cake and eat it too.   You either practice what the religion teaches you, or you don’t.  And if the ‘religion’ decides YOU are not practicing according to their teachings,  and withholds, in this case, the sacrement and/or blessings of the Church, don’t whine about it.  More of the modern “do your own thing” crap writ large.  I’m sick of the idiots who did their own thing in the 60’s and 70’s being in charge.