Corruption and Graft, in DC? Really?

As the world watches Rep. Jefferson try to justify the $90,000 in his freezer, I have to stop and laugh. First, at Rep. Jefferson for trying to deny the story in public, despite FBI video, wiretap results, and all manner of other evidence. Second, at Congress for keeping people like Jefferson, Ney, and Duke Cunnigham amongst their membership without firmly kicking their sorry asses back to their home states in handcuffs. Third, at the American people and the voters who elected these sad-sacks to come to our town and commit their crimes here.

As it seems a good percentage of the House is on the take, and the Senate can’t get off their asses to do anything about the wiretapping scandals that are rocking this country, and while the House Communications Committee can’t seem to tell why Network Neutrality is a must for the internet, all I can do is laugh.

With Congressional Approval Ratings at 27%, once has to ask, are we going to get a whole new crop of grafters?

10 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    Remeber Tom, the bitch set him up.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    I totally forgot about that :D

  3. Don (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

    Honestly I am almost at the point where I find it charming and quaint when a pol gets nailed for old-fashioned bribery rather than just doing the bidding of their Corporate Overlords who got them elected. It reflects a simplicity of thought and an unwillingness to go along with the new-fangled indirect bribery systems rather than the simpler old ways of “if you want me to do something, put money in my hand.”

  4. Krempasky (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    Aw, Jefferson ain’t got NOTHING on Jim Traficant. That guy…man, an artist I tell you – an artist.

    When Traficant was running for sheriff (or prosecutor, I can’t remember) he got busted taking a bribe. His defense? He was only taking the bribe so he’d know who to go after once he got elected.

    That’s right, his very own sting operation.

    He defended himself in Federal Court.

    He won.

  5. Don (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    He was already sheriff at the time. Might have been running for re-election, though.

  6. WFY (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 5:56 am

    I miss Traficant, I loved his “banging away in D.C.” animated gif.

    Beam me up!

  7. Krempasky (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 7:36 am

    Don – the Wikipedia entry isn’t clear enough. True, he was charged and tried while sheriff – but the case revolved around activities during his campaign for the office.

  8. Krempasky (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 7:38 am

    From Roll Call (2-3-2000)

    Traficant has faced allegations of ties to the mob before. His trial on bribery charges stemmed from his 1980 race for sheriff, when prosecutors alleged that candidate Traficant had taken $163,000 in bribes from Charlie
    “the Crab” Carabbia, a top Cleveland mobster.

  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 7:43 am

    Traficant at least had the presence of mind to be completely batshit crazy.

  10. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Traficant at least had the presence of mind to be completely batshit crazy.

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