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    Corruption Wins the Day in Louisiana

    I have railed over and over again about how disgusting Republican corruption is. And I still maintain that Republican corruption is far wider spread and far worse than Democratic corruption, and has worse consequences such as the death toll in New Orleans after Katrina because Bush appointed an incompetent crony, "good job Brownie," a failed race horse inspector, as head of FEMA. Or in the case of 3000 dead American soldiers in Iraq for a war that basically does no good to anyone except the war profiteers, Exxon/Mobil, Bechtel and Dick Cheney's favorite company, Halliburton. In fact, from what I can tell, the level of corruption we see today under Bush and the Republicans rivals that of the Harding administration, an administration KNOWN for it's corruption.

    Democrats aren't sacrificing American lives for profit the way Republicans do. But that doesn't mean we are completely innocent of corruption. Anyone who has read my pieces on Brooklyn politics knows I also fight against Democratic corruption. But Democratic Congressman William Jefferson (LA-2) is one of those very rare cases where a Democrat reaches a Republican-scale of corruption.

    And the voters in LA-2 have just re-elected him despite his being caught red handed taking bribes. He had a freezer FULL of bribe money and is very likely going to end up in jail. But the voters re-elected him.

    Jefferson won re-election with 57% of the vote.

    From WWLTV.com:

    Although voters apparently are giving him the presumption of innocence he asked for, his victory may further cloud the perception of New Orleans as a place that tolerates political corruption. Since Katrina, the city's boosters have made changing that image a top priority as New Orleans tries to win more help in its recovery.

    City Councilman Oliver Thomas said Jefferson's victory will make the recovery from Katrina much more difficult. "People are watching this election all around the country and I can only imagine what they are thinking. It will be very difficult to go back to them and ask them to trust us with the money we need here."

    Susan Howell, a University of New Orleans political analyst, said the federal probe will hamper Jefferson and Louisiana's national image. "He's going to go back into Congress and essentially be ineffective. I think it will be terrible for this state's image, and it was already not very good."

    Bob Moffet, president of the Alliance for Good Government, a citizens group that endorsed Carter, was more direct. "This is almost like putting a stake through the heart. Who would want to come here and do anything? "You might as well pardon Edwin Edwards and let him and let him run for office."


    Corruption was a prime issue in the defeat of Republicans across the nation in 2006. Democrats need to take that lesson to heart. We cannot afford to tolerate corruption among our ranks. I for one, condemn the actions of William Jefferson even though he is a fellow Democrat. I supported his opponent (also a Democrat) Karen Carter. Sadly, corruption seems to have won the day. Why doesn't Congressman Jefferson just go all the way and switch parties. He will be far more at home among Republicans Tom DeLay (indicted), Jack Abramoff (in jail), Bob Ney (plead guilty) and Randy Cunningham (in jail).

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It is tough being a Republican in 2007. Somehow you have to believe concurrently that:

    • Jesus loves you, but shares your deep hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
    • Republicans are somehow tough on terrorism and American security when their track record clearly shows that they are absolutely not tough on terrorism, or protecting our borders and our citizens.
    • It is OK to advocate illegal unconstitutional wars from afar as long as it is someone else or someone else’s children who die in vain for that self serving republican cause.
    • Republicans are paragons of virtue and morality when they are just the opposite.
    • Republicans are a party that is of, for and by the people when republicans are only good at producing presidents who always make laws that favor large corporations, the rich and the elite of the nation at the expense of the middle and lower classes.
    • Republicans are conservative while being in favor raiding our nation’s treasury, squandering our nation’s resources and lives while driving our nation into debt that will last for decades all for self serving unconstitutional republican gain.
    • Republicans are for less government when they let their daddies bush and cheney create the largest most expensive, most wasteful government in history.
    • Republicans are for fewer taxes while their daddy bush decreases taxes for the rich and elite while hiding the fact that they increased taxes on the middle and lower classes to offset their wasteful corrupt spending practices.
    • Republicans are good stewards with everything when they have actually raided our national treasury and diverted to towards the rich minority in this country while wasting our nation’s surplus and creating the largest national debt in history.
    • It was wrong for Clinton to screw outside of marriage but OK for Bush to screw the entire USA and other countries as well.
    • It is OK to say “God Bless America” in church and on bumper stickers while the blood of innocent people on your hands flows like water from a faucet on a daily basis.
    • John Kerry flip flopped on Bush’s illegal unconstitutional personal war against Iraq and at the same time, turn a blind eye to the fact that Bush flip flopped on every single thing he promised Americans during the 2000 presidential campaign.
    • A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all humankind without regulation.
    • The United States should get out of the United Nations, but our highest national priority is enforcing U. N. resolutions against Iraq and Iran.
    • "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.
    • Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
    • The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
    • A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying about WMD existence to enlist support for an unprovoked, undeclared war and occupation in which thousands of soldiers and hundreds of thousands civilians die, is, somehow, solid "defense" policy in a "War against Terrorism".
    • Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins, unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.
    • If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
    • A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, but then demand their cooperation and money.
    • Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
    • HMOs and insurance companies make profits and have the interest of the public at heart.
    • Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
    • Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him and Rumsfeld reassured him he was our buddy. A bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him. But, then a bad guy again when Bush junior needed a prop for his re-election campaign as the "war president".
    • Iran was a good country when Ford and Rumsfeld and Cheney, along with General Electric, gave them our nuclear technology in the 1970's. Good guys when Cheney did business with them in the 1990's. But, then bad guys when Bush junior needed a prop for his re-election campaign as the "war president".
    • Iraq was a good country when Reagan and Rumsfeld gave them our chemical warfare technology in the 1980's. Bad guys when we authorized their over flights to gas their own population, and then good guys, again, when Cheney did business with them. But, then bad guys when Bush junior needed a prop for his re-election campaign as the "war president".
    • It is okay that the Bush family's "Carlisle Group" has made millions doing business with the Bin Laden family.
    • Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which should include "banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet".
    • The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's illegal insider Harken Oil stock trade should be sealed in his Daddy's library, and is none of our business.
    • What Bill Clinton or John Kerry did in the 1960s was of vital national interest but Bush & Cheney's drug and alcohol felony arrests in the '80s are irrelevant.
    • Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a "spirit of international harmony".
    • Affirmative Action is wrong, but it is OK for your Daddy and his friends (here and in Saudi Arabia) to get you to graduate from Yale without studying much; to dodge the draft in the Texas Air National Guard; to bail out your company Harken Oil and the Texas Rangers; to get the Governorship of Texas and then to have the Supreme Court appoint you President of the USA.
    • You are a conservative, but it is OK to spend like there is no tomorrow and run up deficits that your grandchildren will have to pay, while at the same refunding as much tax money as possible to rich people who do not need it.

    4:56 PM  
    Anonymous Tammy Stickers said...

    Convicted/Pled Guilty
    --------------
    Republican Governor George Ryan - 4/17/2006 racketeering and bribery - (76 people convicted)
    Republican Governor Bob Taft - 8/18/2005. 5 counts failure to report gifts from Lobbyists
    Republican Governor John Rowland - 12/24/2004 Bribery
    Republican Governor Sonny Perdue - Campaign ethics violations

    NH GOP Chair Chuck McGee - conspiricy to make harrasing phone calls to block people from voting.
    Republican Aide Allen Raymond
    Republican James Tobin (NE Regional Dir., Bush campaign) - 12/15/05 conspiracy to commit telephone harassment, aiding and abetting of telephone harassment
    Republican Charles McGee (Executive Director of the NH Republican State Committee )
    Republican Shaun Hansen. GOP Marketing aide - conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment

    Republican Aide Scott Falwell - racketeering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice
    Republican Aide Alexandra Prokos - Perjury
    Republican Aide Jim Ellis - 13 counts of unlawful acceptance of a corporate political contribution, money laundering
    Republican Aide John Colyandro - money laundering
    Republican Brian Hicks - bribery
    Republican Chief of Staff Peter Ellef - Bribery
    Republican Roger G. Stillwell - Interior Department official - bribed by Abramoff

    Republican Lobbyist Jack Abramoff - defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials
    Republican Tony Rudy (lobbyist and aide to Tom Delay) - conspiricy
    Republican Representative Bob Ney - Conspiricy to defraud the United States and making false statements
    Republican Neil Volz (lobbyist and aide to Bob Ney) - bribery and corruption
    Republican William Heaton(Bob Ney's chief of staff) - Conspiricy
    Republican Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham - conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion

    Republican David Hossein Safavian. Lying, obstruction of Justice

    Democratic Senator Traficant - bribery and forcing his aides to perform chores

    Republican Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby - two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, and one of making false statements to federal investigators
    Republican Tom Noe - Laundered money for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, theft, corruption, party chairman and Bush Pioneer fundraiser
    Republican Gov Ernie Fletcher - 13 aides indicted
    Republican Micheal Scanlon (lobbyist and aide to Tom DeLay) - bribery
    Deputy Secretary Steven Griles - bribery, perjury, obstrcting a congressional investigation.
    Republican Congressional aide Mark Zachares - bribery


    Confessed under grant of Immunity
    ---------------------------------
    Monica Goodling, White House liaison for Alberto Gonzales - Hired federal prosecuters based upon party affiliation.


    Indicted/Charged
    ----------------
    Republican Tom Delay - conspiring to violate Texas state election law, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Reprimanded by House Ethics Committee
    Republican Lawrence Novak
    Republican Nathan Taylor
    Kyle "Dusty" Foggo (George W Bush's CIA Executive Director) - 30 wide-ranging counts of fraud, conspiracy,
    money laundering, leaking classified information.
    Republican Lurita Alexis Doan, Administrator of the General Services Administration - violations of the Hatch act.
    Democratic Senator William Jefferson - 16 counts of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering


    Under investigation
    ---------------------------
    Republican Senator Ben Stevens - bribery, corruption
    Republican Karl Rove - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican President George W. Bush - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Vice President Dick Cheney - Abramoff, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice
    Republican Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour - Laundered money from foreign governments into presidential elections. Used non-profit organizations for illegal purposes. Perjury.
    Republican Representive Mark Foley - Pediphilia
    Republican Representive Mark Reynolds - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Representive Dennis Hastert - Covered up for Mark Foley
    Republican Governor Mitt Romney - Made false statements to bondholders
    Republican Governor/Ex Representative Jim Gibbons - Bribery
    Republican Attorney General Gonzales - Fired US Attorneys for prosecuting Republicans, interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury, witness tampering.
    Republican Paul J. McNulty - Deputy Attorney General. Interfering in federal investigations, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, perjury
    Republican Senator Pete Domenici - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Heather Wilson - Used influence to get a US Attorney fired
    Republican Representative Tom Feeney - bribery
    Republican Representative Richard George Renzi - bribery, conflict on interest.
    Republican Representative Jerry Lewis - Accepted gifts from Lobbyists, bribery, honest services fraud, dispensation of special favors
    Republican Representative John Doolittle - Accepted money from Jack Abramoff in exchange for favors.
    Democratic Representative Alan Mollohan -May have funnelled money to his own home-state foundations
    Republican Representative Rick Renzi - bribery, sponsored legislation that dealt hundreds of millions of dollars to his father’s business
    Republican Representative Tim Murphy - Ethics violations regarding use of Congressional staff for campaign purposes.
    Republican Representative Gary Miller - Illegal land deals, tax fraud
    Republican Representative Ken Calvert - Steered federal money to projects near his private real estate developments.
    Republican Representative Don Young - bribery

    Implicated - May be under investigation
    ---------------------------------------
    Richard Shelby (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - AL)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- AL)
    J. D. Hayworth (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - AZ)
    Dana Rohrabacher (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Doug Ose (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Richard Pombo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    John Doolittle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Ed Royce (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CA)
    Scott McInnis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CO)
    Rob Simmons (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - CT)
    Tom Feeney (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    Ric Keller (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - FL)
    John Isakson (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - GA)
    Saxby Chambliss (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - CA)
    Jack Kingston (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - GA)
    Michael Simpson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Butch Otter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - ID)
    Jerry Walker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IL)
    Dan Burton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IN)
    Charles Grassley (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - IA)
    BOB EHRLICH (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR- MD)
    Dave Camp (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MI)
    Gil Gutknecht (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MN)
    Christopher Bind (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Jim Talent (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MO)
    Charles Pickering (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Thad Cochran (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MS)
    Dennis Rehberg (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- MT)
    Jon Christensen (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NE)
    John Ensign (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NV)
    Roger Wicker (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - MS)
    Jim Saxton (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Frank LoBiondo (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Mike Ferguson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NJ)
    Heather Wilson (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NM)
    Charles Taylor (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Walter Jones (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NC)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ralph Regula (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Ernest Istook (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    James Inhofe (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OK)
    Tom Coburn (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OK)
    Gordon Smith (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- OR)
    Arlen Specter (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- PA)
    Curt Weldon (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    Joe Pitts (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - PA)
    John Thune (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - SD)
    Bill Janklow (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SD)
    Van Hilleary (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - TN)
    Chris Cannon (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- UT)
    Eric Canter (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    Randy Forbes (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Allen (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- VA)
    Tom Davis (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - VA)
    George Nethercutt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Doc Hastings (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Dave Reichert (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WA)
    Mark Green (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Paul Ryan (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WI)
    Shelly Moore Capito (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WV)
    Mike Enzi (REPUBLICAN SENATOR- WY)
    Barbara Cubin (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - WY)
    Robert Riley (REPUBLICAN GOVENOR - AL)
    Marilyn Musgrave (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- CO)
    Jim Nussle (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - IA)
    Matt Blunt (REPUBLICAN GOVENTOR- MO)
    Roy Blunt (REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER - MO)
    Jon Christensen (FORMER REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE- NE)
    Jeb Bradley (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - NH)
    John E Sununu (REPUBLICAN SENATOR - NH)
    Jean Schmidt (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - OH)
    Joe Wilson(REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Gresham Barrett (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)
    Henry Brown (REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE - SC)

    Convicted: 102 Republicans. 1 Democrat
    Indicted: 5 Republicans. 1 Democrats
    Confessed under grant of Immunity: 1 Republican. 0 Democrats.
    Under investigation: 21 Republicans. 1 Democrat.
    implicated: 75 Republicans. 0 Democrats
    Total: 204 Republicans. 3 Democrats.

    11:48 AM  

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