Monday, June 4, 2007

Is “The Party of Corruption” BACK?






Whether it’s exempting Starkist Tuna (a major Pelosi donor) from the Minimum Wage increase, supporting a veritable amnesty for illegal aliens (a move that will greatly devalue American labor), Harry Reid being involved in a Nevada land scam, or simply stealing money outright (a la William Jefferson, La), there’s nothing quite like a Democratic Congressional scandal.

There’s an admirable lack of shame there.

Kind of like that scene from Other Peoples Money, where Judge Reinholdt asks the foil (dressed as a clown, while holding a gun to his ribs), “What are you doing?”

And the clown responds, apparently much the way many a good Democrat (OK, and a fair number of Republicans too) would, “I’M ROBBING YOU!”

You have to love that abject shamelessness.

Earlier today an indictment charging Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in a long-running bribery investigation was unveiled by federal authorities.

An AP report notes, "A Justice Department official familiar with the case said the indictment outlining the evidence against Jefferson is more than an inch thick and charges the congressman with crimes that could keep him in prison for up to 200 years. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case."

You might recall that almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided Jefferson's Louisiana home in and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in his freezer.

The case against Jefferson was made by former associates, like Brett Pfeffer, a former congressional aide, who admitted soliciting bribes on Jefferson's behalf and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Another Jefferson associate, Louisville, Ky., telecommunications executive Vernon Jackson, pleaded guilty to paying between $400,000 and $1 million in bribes to Jefferson in exchange for his assistance securing business deals in Nigeria and other African nations. Jackson was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Both Pfeffer and Jackson agreed to cooperate in the case against Jefferson in exchanges for their pleas.

To date, Jefferson has refused to comment on the case, but this is sure to get as messy as it is fascinating.

6 comments:

mal said...

Wanna have some fun?

Take note where the NYT reports the story.

My guess is in the first page of its national news or c.page 16.

What's your call?

JMK said...

Page 16 sounds about right...below the fold and penned in by ads.

Barry said...

Money in the freezer? Man, that is so "ghetto."

JMK said...

That was a great story...about that squirrled away cash.

The best part was his using National Guard troops, keeping them from performing other rescue work, in order to take his belongings (reportedly, including that freezer) out of his New Orleans residence.

Rev. Dubuque said...

I just LOVE IT, when you Conservative Republicans make a big deal about those rare instances of relatively insignificant instances of Democratic corruption. Sure there's an occasional Democrat who acts like a corrupt greedy REPUBLICAN. But everybody with two functioning brain cells knows which U.S. party is "The Party of Corruption".
If you want to see how successful my efforts to make sure people know how monstrously corrupt the Greedy Old Party is, just Google "Republican corruption" and click on the top listing. Or just go directly to http://JesusNoRepublican.Org/ !

JMK said...

"I just LOVE IT, when you Conservative Republicans make a big deal about those rare instances of relatively insignificant instances of Democratic corruption." (Rev. Dubuque)
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I remain a registered Democrat Reverend....a "Zell Miller Democrat."

The paternal side of my family were Democrats in New York's Tammany Hall machine. A great-uncle (and he was truly a great person) was a "ward boss," who used to "convince" those in his election precinct to "vote correctly...or not at all."

If the Democratic Party was still the Party of Tammany, I'd be a happy "Conservative Democrat" to this day.

As for Corruption, I'm afraid the Democrats INVENTED political corruption in this country.

And not just Tammany Hall, but today, the most politically corrupt states (NJ just had over a dozen local (and ALL Democratic) pols arrested), New York, Connecticut, Lousianna are all largely Democratic States.

White Water, Travel-gate, the Vince Foster "suicide," weren't Republican scandals! For that matter, Enron, Worldcom, Tyco and Arthur Anderson and the other business scandals that broke in the summer of 2001, ran rampant through the late 1990s and were brought to justice by the current occupant of the Oval Office (G W Bush)'s Justice Dept and it was the present occupant, along with a Republican Congress that signed Sarbannes-Oxley into law, to keep such scandals from re-occuring.

And America's Founders all based their private property, free market, INDIVIDUALISTIC (The Bill of Rights enumerates ONLY individual rights and restricts government action and makes clear there are no "group rights") blueprint for America on "sound Biblical principles."

Tom Jefferson, like myself would revile and seek to destroy today's "Liberation Theologists."

There are two kinds of numb skulls who imply that "Christ was a true Communist," the first and by far, the overwheling majority are merely ignorant and misguided dupes, the other, far smaller group are actually people who have fully embraced evil.

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