Corruption was the main topic at the Cafe this week what with Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters claiming racial discrimination as their own party moves forward with charges against their misconduct. These things seem to confuse the folks at the Cafe as to just what corruption in Washington means. From what they know about it, it pretty much stinks.
Sweet Lou Tekell, who rarely uses his last name except on divorce papers, was the first out of the blocks, "This Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts, former Presidential Candidate and lying traitor in Viet Nam, was complaining this week about the corruption in the Afghanistan government while questioning whether we should just pull out of such a corrupt place. This is the same guy who a couple of weeks ago was trying to explain why he saved over $500,000 in taxes by buying and docking his little yaught, that his wife paid for, in little Rhode Island instead of his beloved state of Massachusetts. Kerrey like most Dems, never saw a tax increase he didn't like. And why not, when he and most of his Liberal buddies like Rangel and, Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner , don't pay taxes anyway. Seems like to me if this isn't corruption it sure in hell is a close cousin."
"Yep, confused me as well," was Butch Jackson's reply since there is no way he is going to miss getting in on this topic. "This week the Justice Department dropped all charges against Republican and fellow Texas,Tom DeLay, who they ran out of office and disgraced in 2005 from his position as House Majority Leader. This is the number two position in the house. Seems it is a little late for Justice to admit they were wrong. The politics of personal destruction destroyed this man."
The Chairman of the Hubbard City Cafe, Billy Roy Mitchum, was not to be outdone, "This is no worse then what they did to Newt Gingrich. At the time Newt was the Speaker of the House. He had led the Republican '94 Revolution and Contract With America that caused huge budget cuts and wound up with Clinton taking credit for creating surpluses. Hell, Clinton couldn't bring discipline to his own zipper much less the national budget. On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich for ethics violations dating back to September 1994. The House ordered Gingrich to pay a $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House's 208-year history it had disciplined a Speaker for ethical wrongdoing."
"Eighty-four ethics charges, most of which were leveled by House Democratic Whip David Bonior, were filed against Speaker Gingrich during his term. These included charges that he claimed tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. Eighty-three of the 84 allegations were dropped. Gingrich denied the charges over misuse of tax-exempt funds; however, he admitted to providing inaccurate statements during the probe over the college course and agreed to pay $300,000 for the cost of the investigation. The House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented 'intentional or ... reckless' disregard of House rules. (Can you imagine the Dems providing inaccurate information about something like Obamacare?) The full committee panel did not reach a conclusion about whether Gingrich had violated federal tax law and instead opted to leave it up to the IRS. In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the 'Renewing American Civilization' courses under investigation for possible tax violations."
"Again, they cleared him after Gingrich left office. Today Newt is one of the best brains in American politics. The Dems always go after the smart ones. They went after Cheney big time,and settled for getting his assistant, Scooter Libby, on silly drummed up charges. What a shame because boy could we use these guys today with our deficits and economic problems."
"Seems to me that nothing is more corrupt than bringing false charges against Conservative Americans to gain political advantage knowing that by the time the system sorts it out all the liars will be long gone, and by then folks won't care. People like David Bonior should be behind bars," BM was getting hot under the cowboy hat. "Real corruption to me is when the President Elect refuses to enforce existing immigration laws to protect American Citizens because he wants Hispanic votes in 2012. If that doesn't drive someone out of office nothing should", which pretty much capped the flow of information on this day at the Hubbard City Cafe.
Think pleasant thoughts like a good old fashioned impeachment,