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Monday, June 04, 2007

Government Corruption by any Party is Still Corruption

Picture Courtesy of the United States Congress

I don’t care what party you are affiliated with politically when it comes to being a corrupt elected leader of the people. Corruption knows no better friend than greed and self preservation. With that in mind it does not take a genius to figure out somebody might just be hiding something if they have to stash almost a hundred grand in their freezer.

Corruption is not just a Republican Party problem and they do not have the monopoly on it as much as most people would love to think. Democrats or Independents can be just a quick to reach for the forbidden fruit. It’s when they all get caught that you just have to laugh or cry. How stupid or for that matter just out right ignorant to think as a public servant that somebody down the road will rat you out for being on the take.

When the Sopranos ends its eight year run on HBO next weekend we can all look to the good fellas in the Congress for our fix of drama and deception when it comes to who will whack whom next. It won’t win any awards but the Congress is always full of people that think that they are untouchable and have a certain way around the laws of the land.

Reality steps in over the clicker of the television and over at the New York Times they have this to say about just one more alleged thief in the Congress…

Democratic Lawmaker Indicted

Published: June 4, 2007

WASHINGTON, June 4 — Representative William J. Jefferson of Louisiana was indicted today on corruption charges in connection with an inquiry that has yielded reports of cash stuffed into home freezers and murky financial transactions with several African countries in what Justice Department officials called a sordid episode of corruption that touched two continents..

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., handed up the 16-count indictment against Mr. Jefferson, which was announced this afternoon by officials at the Justice Department in Washington. The charges include bribery, racketeering, money-laundering and obstruction of justice.
Mr. Jefferson, 60, whose New Orleans constituents elected him to a ninth term last year despite accusations of corruption, has denied wrongdoing. He is to be arraigned Friday morning in Alexandra.

On paper, Mr. Jefferson could be sentenced to up to 235 years in prison if convicted on all charges, although prosecutors acknowledged today that it is impossible to gauge at this point what his actual sentence would be — assuming he is convicted — because of the various sentencing guidelines that must be weighed.

Mr. Jefferson has been under suspicion in connection with his efforts to promote contracts in Africa for iGate, a small digital-technology company based in Louisville, Ky. The congressman has been influential on African issues in his years in the House.
- New York Times

Mr. Jefferson could have been a man and stepped aside but he thinks he is above the law as a Congressman. He could have been a decent upstanding individual and steeped aside for the sake of his political party. Instead he has chosen the path of endless excuses and a trail of deception to cover the alleged deception he is accused of.

When a thief is caught they always run the avenue of excuses till the end. Somebody grab an orange jump suit for the Congressman. Even if he thinks he is innocent the appearance of guilt is what damns him in public opinion. That is the court of law that comes with being a public servant. Guilty till proven innocent does not exist in this arena and frankly it should not.

Anyone in the government that is corrupt in service to our nations government should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that includes the President of the United States. Not one person in this nation can be above the law or the law is for not and that ends with anarchy.


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