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 …”