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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Abramoff Indicted - Birds of a feather, flock together

Big news is that Mr. Abramoff, who was always putting people in front of Mr. DeLay as part of making his schemes work, was indicted for fraud today in Florida. This doesn't involve the millions Mr. Abramoff ripped off from Indian tribes, before he insulted them. This is the man Mr. DeLay publicly referred to as "my close dear friend."Separately, other DeLay associates (including former staff members of his office) have been indicted in Texas for violating a 100 year Texas law against using corporate money for political campaigns. These Keystone Kops should also make TV's Dumbest criminals - they "laundered" the corporate money by sending it to the national party, which sent back the identical amount in sequentially numbered checks. Doh! Not even Osama has been that stupid.
Mr. DeLay himself faces an ethics probe this fall regarding trips paid for by lobbyists. Where there is smoke, there is usually a fire. All Congressmen/women who traveled illegally at lobby expense should face the same scrutiny.Is there a pattern here? There is the old saying: "Birds of a feather, flock together." So do criminals and people with loose ethics, apparently.
I look around at my friends and associates. None of them are getting indicted for anything, not even jaywalking. But none of them are ripping off people for millions either.
My worldwide travel was never paid for by any lobbyists. My travel was not for sightseeing and playing golf at some expensive resort in Scotland. You don't learn squat about the real world that way. When I could I donated pro bono time and travel expenses out of my own pocket, like the trip to the Mideast involving a kidnapped 12 year old American girl. Apparently, making $150,000 (plus) year as a Congressman isn't enough for Mr. DeLay to pay his own travel expenses. A lot of Americans would be thrilled to pay their own travel if they were making that kind of money. And those same ordinary Americans would probably hang out with nicer people also -- people who weren't playing fast and loose with the rules and other peoples' money.

We need an ethical Congress and ethical members of Congress. Period.

Only way to do that is to have a lot of turnover and a real "house cleaning" ...

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P.S. There is a DA candidate in DeLay’s home district who said at a recent "Young Republican" meeting that the local District Attorney should also investigate Mr. DeLay in the county where he resides. It could be an interesting fall…

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