I couldn’t resist this. One of our liberal readers, Robert, has lately become cranky (telling us to “shut up” multiple times because he doesn’t like what we have to say) and actually posted a response on another blog that “it would be an issue but liberals are principled.” The suggestion here is that liberals have principles while conservatives do not, evidenced by our staunch defense of free speech and our capitalist society. That was so absolutely hilarious that it deserved its own post.
HERE, folks, is a list of recent disgraces from the Democrat-controlled congress, compiled from several sources, including both bloggers and national media outlets (Judicial Watch, Michelle Malkin, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, even the New York Times on a couple of occasions–I didn’t look at FOX News once, so right now you can swallow the accusations of “Faux News” riding that wave of bile coming up in your throats).
-Pete Stark is a Congressman from Northern California. Both he and his wife have drivers licenses at their NoCal address and are registered to vote there. HOWEVER, they have a second home in Maryland. It is worth $1.7M. Stark lies about his address in order to qualify for a nearly $4G tax credit on the home. Maryland requires that he live there for at least six months a year, have a driver’s license, be registered to vote at that address and use it for tax filing in order to qualify for the credit, and Stark lies. The House Ethics Committee shamefully exonerated him by accusing the Office of Congressional Ethics (responsible for deciding which cases are serious enough to go to committee) of treating Stark “inconsistently” without really answering why they came to that conclusion.
-Charles Rangel is a New York Democrat. In 2008, it was discovered that Rangel had a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. When not there, he rented the home out, yet failed to declare the income on his taxes. Then, it was discovered that he had used businesses he was involved in to raise campaign funds. THEN it was discovered that he had illegally obtained rent-controlled apartments in New York City and had used them to house campaign offices and the aforementioned businesses. THEN…are you ready for this?…Rangel vewy, vewy qwietly slipped 119 members of Congress campaign contributions. Among them were three members of the Ethics Committee tasked with investigating him–G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Ben Chandler (D-KY) and Peter Welch (D-VT)–and it has been discovered that he’s hidden possibly more than $1.2M in assets to evade taxes. Nancy Pelosi won’t even censure him, much less remove him from his post on the House Ways and Means Committee, until the House Ethics Committee finds him guilty of misconduct. Gee. I wonder how this one’s gonna end.
-After EIGHT YEARS of wailing about Bush and his no-bid contracts (which I opposed from the get-go), liberals are strangely silent on this one. Obama promised to end the practice of awarding no-bid contracts. He’s been made a liar again! Vincent Checci, a Democrat donor in Washington, D.C., landed the no-bid $25M contract for “rule of law stabilization services” that are supposed to help build the legal infrastructure of Afghanistan. AND, $543M in taxpayer money has been awarded to these no-bid contracts that Obama swore to stop, all of it from the so-called Stimulus funds and largely for infrastructure. Where the hell is Joe Wilson when you need him?!?
-Last month it was discovered that Senators have long enjoyed secret compartment-like relaxation rooms that contain tens of thousands of dollars each in luxuries that we have paid for (these are not legislative offices–they’re essentially party rooms and they are in the Capitol building). For some time it was a pleasure reserved for veteran Senators. Now that the Capitol Police have moved into a shiny new Capitol Visitor’s building, the rooms that they vacated are being turned into more of these covert R&R hideaways for all Senators. And we’re paying for it. Gotta love all this transparency.
-A whopping $133M was set aside for Census ads and pamphlets in English and Spanish. Guess what they’re for? They’re being put out there, mostly in California, to assure illegal aliens that their immigration status is information that apparently cannot be collected by the Census and these illegals need to make themselves count because, as the ad says, “your community needs you.” Completely aside from the fact that we’re spending that freakin’ much money during a recession, I have to ask…isn’t it considered racial profiling if the only language other than English you’re putting them out in is Spanish? So goes the argument against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, at least, for rounding up Hispanics who don’t have any legal identification.
-Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has actually admitted his schemes recently. About a year ago, the WSJ quoted Treasury spokesmen as saying that only the healthy banks would receive TARP funds as a shot in the arm for lending. Frank, however, admitted to talking to federal regulators about getting $12M in TARP funds put in the pocket of Massachusetts bank OneUnited. The bank had one foot in the grave with federal regulators climbing all over them for predatory lending practices and executive compensation abuses that included having bank-owned luxury cars at their disposal. He also vehemently defended Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Bush tried to warn Congress that the lending giants were in danger of failing–this while he and other Democrat lawmakers were quite aware of the lenders’ horrendous banking, investing and lending practices. Frank repeatedly blocked any attempt at bringing the truth to light, and during the 2003 hearing in which Bush tried to push further regulation of the lenders, said, “I want to begin by saying that I am glad to consider the legislation, but I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis. That is, in my view, the two Government Sponsored Enterprises we are talking about here, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not in a crisis. We have recently had an accounting problem with Freddie Mac that has led to people being dismissed, as appears to be appropriate. I do not think at this point there is a problem with a threat to the Treasury.” It was ALSO discovered that for nearly ten years, Frank accepted campaign donations from the two GSE’s and at one point carried on an inappropriate relationship with an executive employee.
-A New York State Senator, Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), is about to finally get his comeuppance. He was already a study in what NOT to do when you’re a Senator (including censures for election fraud, creating a special six-figure Senate job for one son and putting the other in charge of his “non-profit” health clinics for the poor for another six-figure salary). Now he’s been caught with his pants down, almost literally–he was caught basically embezzling and then laundering money from the State to give to his nonprofit health clinics, which in turn gave the money to him and several for-profit businesses. Even the New York Times admitted the sad story. Espada has accused the NY State AG of racism because he’s the highest-ranking Hispanic in New York politics.
-Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), head of the Senate Banking Committee, also defended federal loan giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial collapse. Well, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and this guy reeks of it. He was caught accepting VIP rates from failed lender Countrywide Financial (preferential treatment in this instance, since it involves a politician, is illegal). Another ethics complaint is being investigated now. The claim is that Dodd helped secure a presidential pardon and, in turn, received a smokin’ deal (hence the smell) on a property in Ireland. When filing the requisite financial forms, the property was discovered to be claimed as badly undervalued.
-Only 20 members of US Congress were invited by Nancy Pelosi to attend the UN summit on climate change in Denmark last year, but when family members and staffers were added up, more than 100 people ended up going, and they partied in some kinda style. CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson broke this one despite Pelosi’s frantic efforts to keep it on the down-low. The Democrat crew used three military jets (I wonder what the carbon footprint was for that, kids), a Gulfstream Five, a total of 321 nights at the five-star Copenhagen Marriott, and tens of thousands of dollars for meals and expensive snacks. Among the guests invited by Pelosi included two Republicans – Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Jim Sensenbrenner (WI), both of whom deserve to be voted out of office for not speaking up against this travesty against the American taxpayers. As for Pelosi, she has refused to comment in any way, shape or form on the trip or the expenses.
-Which brings me to Madame Speaker herself! Nancy Pelosi said at one point not long ago that she had no problem at all with flying commercial. After that quote was printed, though, the ugly truth reared its head. Multiple sources have documented this one, and only the liberal ones have scoffed at the outrage coming from conservatives. Pelosi wanted private use of an Air Force carrier for her, her family and her staff for travel between D.C. and San Francisco. One of Pelosi’s staffers pitched a hissy fit when the Department of Defense told her that the G5’s Pelosi wanted were not available, eventually pouting that if the military couldn’t handle delivery on their demands, they’d go elsewhere. The DoD had to “politely query” Pelosi whether she really wanted to fly every single weekend or if they were just holding up the flight crews and planes for their convenience just in case they wanted to go. Pelosi tried to take her husband to combat zones, which is a Congressional no-no. And, Pelosi wanted these huge military planes she demanded use of to land at a small airport closer to her home outside San Fran so she wouldn’t have to spend over an hour in the car. Trouble was, the planes were too big to land there. The DoD had to “politely” tell her that she needed to bring something to do in the car. (By contrast, after 9/11, then-Speaker Dennis Hastert was granted the use of a 12-seat commuter plane for security purposes. Neither he nor his staff ever complained.)
There have been a handful of Republicans caught in sexual scandals over the last few years, but I fail to find truly conservative lawmakers committing the kind of outrageous improprieties listed here. And, with liberal Democrats in power, many of these abuses either have been or are in the process of being dismissed.
I’ve been plenty mad at some Republicans, including Bush, for their very un-conservative decisions over the last few years. I still am. But with principles like these, it astounds me that the liberals in this country keep bashing Palin as dangerous. If it weren’t so sad it’d be funny.