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I'm sure you all remember Nancy Pelosi saying she was going to clean up the "culture of corruption" in Congress when the Democrats took control in 2006. Nancy was referring to the culture of corruption in the outgoing Republican Congress, of course. It was a big campaign issue for the Democrats, and it worked. The evil Republicans were cast out of the temple, and the Democrats, the party of all that is good and holy, the party of light, regained control. Hallelujah, brothers and sisters. A great weight was lifted from the backs of the people, and the shadow removed from the sun. No longer would government be beholden to special interests. Pelosi was going to oversee the "most ethical Congress in history".
Sure. I hope none of you were dumb enough to believe that nonsense for even one second.
You should have known Pelosi was being less than forthright about cleaning up corruption right off the bat, when, about 10 minutes after the 2006 election results were in, she endorsed pork king and unindicted Abscam co-conspirator John Murtha for House Majority Leader. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Murtha didn't get that job, but still ended up as the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, where he became, drumroll please, THE NUMBER ONE HOUSE PORKER FOR 2007. Murtha procured $162 million in pork for his congressional district, surpassing all other House members. Go Johnny. It gets better. Murtha secured earmarks in the defense budget for 26 beneficiaries, and every single one of them contributed to his campaign, giving a total of $413,250. Murtha provides the best government that money can buy. He's like a fast food restaurant. You pay your money at one window and pickup your order at the next one.
Here's Andrew Koneschusky, a Murtha spokesman, 'answering' a question about Murtha's ethical problems back in 2006: "We are focused on the future. We are focused on electing the best candidate to lead our party and deliver the change the American people want, and that is Jack Murtha. We are looking forward, not backward". Thanks, Andrew. Excellent non-response.
Murtha was focused on the future alright. He was focused on YOUR money. Like a laser beam. Providing the "change the American people want". There's that CHANGE word again. The same word that is the key for the upcoming elections. What a coincidence. Sound familiar ? Maybe this CHANGE they are speaking of is what you'll have left in your pockets after the Democrats get done with you. National health care, national day care, etc, etc. Spending to the left of me. Spending to the right of me. A thousand points of fright.
And the most frightening thing of all is, THE DEMOCRATS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO WIN IN 2008, and be free to tax and spend us into oblivion, unfettered !!! Pass the Alka Seltzer. The Republican frontrunner is John McCain, for god's sake ! He's barely even a Republican, though he's playing one on television now. Egads. Even I might vote for Obama. What a sorry state. Say it isn't so. Where have you gone, Ronnie ? A nation turns it's lonely eyes to y...alas, too late.
But I'm getting off the topic, which is John Murtha and the NEW culture of corruption. I liked him better in the role of the crotchety old anti-war loon who wanted to redeploy our troops to Okinawa. At least he was good for a laugh then.