Hey, Folks – Liberals are PRINCIPLED!

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.

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9 thoughts on “Hey, Folks – Liberals are PRINCIPLED!

  1. Pure capitalism is just as dangerous to freedom as pure socialism. I am certain y’all know just how dangerous socialism is. Do you remember your history and working conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s?

  2. Oh, Karen, you should hear some of the outrageous comments I’m getting from liberals right now. Two liberals who follow one of my state’s legislators (a Democrat) have been trying to tell me that American capitalism has destroyed the middle class and socialism is the only fix for it. When I tried to tell them I was VERY middle-class, they told me that Obama cut my taxes. Then when I pointed out that Obama’s tax cuts were about to be undone by backdoor tax hikes, they balked at me and told me that they hoped I never had to call the police or fire department or that my family never needed healthcare. When I told them I was an EMT their heads popped off and they sputtered about me using “Faux News” talking points.

    A reader on azcentral.com then said that America practically is Mexico because of all the crime, poverty and drugs. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

  3. “Two liberals who follow one of my state’s legislators (a Democrat) have been trying to tell me that American capitalism has destroyed the middle class”

    That is just mindless fear-mongering. If they knew their history, they would understand and appreciate how well-off we are. They are also under the false impression that our country is still purely capitalistic. We have grown up with some socialist policies, and we have a blended economic system. All problems with capitalism has been fixed in the times of our grandparents and great-grandparents.

    “socialism is the only fix for it”
    A false solution induced by fear-mongering. Again, they need to know our history. Our country has had the most-balanced blend of socialism and capitalism for decades. There is nothing wrong with our current economic system. Pure socialism gives the government too much power and control over us.

  4. “There is nothing wrong with our current economic system.”

    Our current economic system punishes success and rewards failure. Success should be rewarded and failure should be punished.

  5. The problem with pure capitalism is that it places too much authority in the hands of the wealthy elite and reduces the citizens to little more than peasants/serfs. I disagree with the Supreme Court ruling, and I believe there should be even stronger restrictions to prevent the unions and special interest groups from donating to Democrats.

    The problem with pure socialism is that it places too much power within the government and constricts the choices people have, making the government a dictatorship, so I oppose all the policies of the Obama administration.

    John said, “Our current economic system punishes success and rewards failure. Success should be rewarded and failure should be punished.”

    I think of that as a problem from the Obama administration leaning the country further toward pure socialism. Obama, not the economy, rewards failure and punishes success. The sooner he is out of office, the better.

    A blend of both capitalism and socialism has proven to be best economic solution. Let’s not mess it up, one way or the other.

  6. “The problem with pure socialism is that it places too much power within the government and constricts the choices people have, making the government a dictatorship,…”

    That a problem of Communist based socialist systems not Socialism in and off itself. Norway has cradle to grave socialism and democracy. Many Europeans nations have extremely generous Socialist systems and plenty of freedom.

    The trouble with Socialism is simple: Why work and contribute when you can sit on your butt and take the same ride as people who work?

    Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with Socialism is you quickly run out of other peoples money to pay for it.”

  7. “A blend of both capitalism and socialism has proven to be best economic solution. Let’s not mess it up, one way or the other.”

    In the state of Nevada there is a curious thing that happens to casino dealers. They get paid minimum wage plus tips to deal 21, roulette, craps and other table games.

    Top dealers can easily earn $70,000 per year. Other casino workers get paid minimum wage and use tip income to up their earnings.

    This is a capitalist system. People with great dealing skill make top dollar. People who blow at it don’t. This is how it should be.

    One of my buddies is a former auto worker. Eveyrone on the line he worked got paid the same wage.

    The guy who was really good earned the same wage as the guy who only did enough to keep his job. Can you tell me what is wrong with that picture? Slackers get paid as much as hard workers and the union makes sure that happens?

    Our nation’s blend of capitalism (salt) and socialism (sugar) is too sugar laden. We need much more salt in the mix. We need an ocean of salt in our mix.

  8. Oh, I don’t know how I missed this one, but it made me smile.

    Mel, first of all, I never told “us” to shut up, and it wasn’t because I didn’t like what Steve had to say, it was to show my disgust of his implied defense of a conservative of doing what he was complaining about.

    Second, you chose to completely ignore my point about people who label themselves liberals having integrity (and before you choose to engage in semantics, it is evident that I meant non politicians based on the fact that I put a personal element into my comment while pointing out someone else’s personal stance) in favor of dragging up examples of wrongdoing by Democratic politicians (a method of deflection that I am constantly accused of doing by this very web log). I must first point out that the “no bid contract” you’re railing against was cancelled before you even posted this. Not only that, but it wasn’t a new contract, merely an extension of a contract granted in 2004. Hopefully I don’t need to explain that Barack Obama was not president in 2004.

    More to the point, is this really the game you want to play? Because I promise you, you will not win.

    Do I need to remind you of day trading going on in Tom DeLay’s office? Or how he and “Christian” Ralph Reed were ripping off Native Americans while funneling that money out of state to steal elections? How about Dusty Foggo and David Safavian? And sex isn’t the only thing plaguing Republicans. We all know by now about John Ensign’s bribing of Douglas Hampton as a mea culpa for banging his wife and having his parents pay him off. Or how about the Vice President leaking the name of a covert CIA operative (and her entire brass plate operation) as a means of political revenge for pointing out that the President was lying about Iraq trying to purchase uranium from Niger?

    You thought I was done, didn’t you? Remember how Orrin Hatch hacked Ted Kennedy’s (his supposed friend) computer files and somehow the republicans knew every detail of the democrat’s plans on what to do about Bush’s judicial nominees? And who could forget George Bush wiretapping (I’m not going where you think I am) the United Nations of all people. There was an actual reason he never went back for a second resolution: the security council was going to deny his request, hence shock and awe was born. Also, Iran fucking Contra, anyone?!

    And one story that has captured my attention since I first caught wind of it six years ago: Alabama governor Don Seigelman was imprisoned after having an election stolen from him FOR complaining that the election had been stolen! Election night 2002, incumbent governor Siegelman went to bed the projected (and actually declared) winner, but awoke to find that he had actually lost. What happened? Apparently, in the middle of the night, after all poll workers and media personnel had gone home, an electronic recount uncovered a few thousand votes that had “appeared” in one district whose election officials conveniently were all republican. When Siegelman pushed back against the vote which had been illegally certified, he was charged with bribery for re-appointing a guy (who had donated to a campaign to have a lottery to fund public education) to a hospital commission who had already been in that position under three previous republican governors. They called that bribery. And it was a non paid position. Well, come to find out, the prosecutor responsible for filing charges just happened to be the wife of the campaign manager of the “winner” of the election, Bob Riley! Can you say conflict of interest?

    I could go on and on, but you get the point. Sure, there are crooked politicians on both sides of the aisle. But sadly, when your side does something wrong, they don’t just get a nice house or a free hotel stay, people end up dead. So, please lecture us some more on the virtues of integrity…

  9. Okay…here we go…

    Tom DeLay: indicted for a range of crimes. Rightfully shamed and forced out of office by just as many conservative Republicans as Democrats. Oh, and he wasn’t ripping off Indians – he was helping one tribe against another. Just as wrong. Nobody known to be killed.

    Ralph Reed: has not yet been convicted but the trial ain’t over yet. Here’s hopin’. He fell off the radar when he was castigated by most conservatives. Also didn’t kill anyone.

    Randy Cunningham: resigned, paid millions in restitution, sentenced rightfully to eight and a half years behind bars. ALSO didn’t kill anyone.

    Dusty Foggo: Indicted, trial has not completed. Likely going to prison. None of us stood up to defend him. Deaths? Zero.

    David Safavian: convicted, tried a second time, convicted again. Nobody stood up to defend him, either. Not even Bush. All of the indictments and convictions so far were during Bush’s years in office against his own people. Still no dead…

    The Plame Affair: Scooter Libby went to prison for what he did. Nobody has been able to prove that he acted under orders. According to liberal interpretations, the criminal justice system worked. Body count still at zero.

    Orrin Hatch: are you kidding? I don’t recall hearing that in any news medium. Do I need to say none are dead yet?

    Iran Contra: Reagan couldn’t be tied to it. North lost his career (I still don’t have much respect for the man). Multiple cabinet members went to prison. Death toll? Unknown. First such scandal where “people end up dead.”

    Don Siegelman: was convicted on charges unrelated to the election along with HealthSouth’s Richard Scrushy. Siegalman was released, Scrushy is still in prison. They both deserved it. Hmmm…nobody died.

    People end up dead? Are you kidding me? Conservatives haven’t defended any of the folks you’ve named, save Dick Cheney. If I may say, when YOUR side screws up, our nation’s economy gets flushed down the crapper. Bush goes before Congress with dire warnings about a coming economic failure and Barney Frank, who’s in bed with the executive of one of the companies being fingered, runs his yap and gets all the other Dems to write him off as a chicken little.

    Oh, but the crash was all Bush’s fault. Right-o.

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