Follow the Money

by Sal on February 10, 2006

in Politics

There seems to be more and more coming out almost weekly on Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid and his ties to Jack Abramoff. Reid keeps denying it, claiming it’s a Republican “scandal”, but when even the liberal Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, and LA Times, are highlighting the issue, it doesn’t look good for the Minority Leader.

If Reid, or any other high-profile Democrats are shown to be involved in the Abramoff scandal, it will effectively neutralize the scandal as a Campaign issue in 2006. Yes, the Republicans involved are crooked and should resign and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The problem, however, isn’t with the Republican party, but rather with the general culture in Washington D.C. prominent Democratic involvement in the scandal will place the blame on Congress in general, and away from the Republicans. Since the Democrats have no other platform other than the “Culture of Corruption”, this should give the Republicans, if they push for reform this year, in a good position going into the mid-term elections.

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rightonoz February 11, 2006 at 12:52 am

I know your consitition probably protects the rights of lobyists, but surely a damded good reason to clean out the entire whorehouse and start over?

I agree with you, probably corruption on both sides with non particulary cleaner than others.

Hey, we have our own down here with pre election ‘grants’ and whole shopping area’s being closed down at the demand of one of our richest men so his huge complexes get all the business. He owns a number in the USA – Westfield. The guy’s been caught out several times down here with a finger in the political pie. As far as I can tell he deals out favours in both directions just like your guy.

I know this is not on subject, but have any of you guys seen Putkin’s speech on support for Hamas? This guy scares me more every day. Major expose last week or beginning of this week on mysterious deaths in Russia with all the halmarks of the old KGB. Radiation poisoning, Dioxin, alwasys something designed for a lingering but certain and usually extremely painful death to send a message. Particularly targeted at the free press.

Guess we have something to be thankful for after all. At least we can have a truly free election and allow the press to come at us without fear of retribution (well mostly!)


Sal February 11, 2006 at 10:49 am

I agree with you on both points, rightonoz.. Although I (and most of the people on this blog) are firm supporters of Republicans, we do so on the basis that they are the party that more closely matches our ideals of smaller government, lower taxes, following the constitution. In 1994, Newt Gingrich and the house Republicans, just having won the house for the first time in 50 years, were filled with idealism and promise. At the time, they proposed a constitutional amendment to give members of congress Term Limits (to 12 years), in order to get rid of the concept of the career politician continuing to work for re-election. It passed the house, but lost the Senate by one vote.

I struggle intellectually with reforming lobbying, which is necessary to rid the culture of money, pork spending, and big government, and the rights of free speech. I’m not sure of the answer, but recognize the problem.

On Putin, he scares me as well. I think the threats to world stability today are probably, North Korea, China, Islamo-Facism (Specifically Hamaas, Iran, Syria) and Russia. Putin, although “Democratically elected” still rules with somewhat of an iron fist similar to the days of Communism (although now more shrouded in shades of grey). The next 50 years are going to be telling of all these threats. I bet when these threats do come to fruition, however, you and the rest of the world will be grateful for the strength of the U.S.


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