Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Political Duplicity and Greed

I have been catching snippets of Charles Schumer and Patrick Leahy expressing their holier than thou outrage at the firing of the 8 US Attorneys and the word hypocracy falls short of describing their comments. Where were these clowns when Clinton wiped out the entire slate of US Attorneys? Why is it a travesty when Bush fires 8 and OK when Clinton fires 91?

Politics at the Federal level in this country is doing what no outside enemy has ever done. It is destroying the fabric of the Republic.

If ever there was a good reason for term limits, the current politics above all else mentality in Washington is it. Our Senators and Congresspersons will do anything to maintain themselves in office and continue to feed at the public trough. They will lie, cheat, commit treason and kiss the asses of anyone in order to stay in their cushey jobs where they all seem to live far beyond the means of their public salaries.

How is it that quite a few of our elected officials go to Washington without a pot to piss in and retire very wealthy? Lyndon Johnson comes to mind as one who had nothing when he was first elected and became a multi millionaire while in office. There have been many others but Johnson stands out as one of the most obvious.

I have come to the conclusion that politicians see their election to office as a licsence to steal and the most greedy are the ones who make the most noise while in office.

Term limits would be a great start in correcting the mess in Washington but even more effective would be a strict accounting of politicians monetary gains while in office. I mean FULL DISCLOSURE of ALL financial gains. That would cause a lot of them to see the need to get a real job.

Chuck

3 Comments:

Blogger Publia said...

Good luck on term limits. Didn't we try that already? With pension reforms in place, you have to stay a long time in Congress to get that pension. What if we made a nice fat pension for say, 6 years in office, peaked it at 10, and decreased the amounts from there? Of course, Congress would have to pass that bill so you could forget that one.

And come to think of it, compare Janet Reno (who did Clinton's firing of every US prosecutor), she of Elian Gonzalez fame etc. Did you feel safer at night when she was the chief legal beagle? Makes Gonzalez look really good, doesn't it?

3:43 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I agree, setting term limits is almost impossible but I can dream. I am so fed up with the political culture in Washington I am going to run for a single 4 year term as Benevolent Dictator. In that role I am going to dismiss congress and start the whole thing over again with rules that prevent making a career of politics.

As for Janet Reno- bleeetch!!!

Chuck

11:24 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

Well, I'm six weeks late, Chuck, but you make some great points with this post -- particularly Politics at the Federal level in this country is doing what no outside enemy has ever done. As old Abe said, At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

9:42 PM  

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