Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Delay Indicted

The GOP's Growing Accountability Problem...

Let me just tell you this...through my experience working in the House of Representatives, there are many GOP members who are secretly happy today.

Tom Delay is sleazy at best and a corrupt leader on par with the best from Tamany Hall. Of course any visitor to his office would be cross referenced agains their financial contributions to the GOP, regardless of how many jobs, how good a policy proposal, or even direcet connections to his personal constituents in Sugarland. Now I have no idea with teh single count indictment against Mr. Delay will stand up to scrunity, but I do know that the whole Abramoff scandal probably runs far deeper than has been covered and the Mr. Delay is the first, but not the last to suffer collateral damage. It also couldn't have come at a worse time...Bush is under fire for appointing folks like Brownie, Rove is under the gun on the Valerie Plame leak, and Senator Frist apparently recently pulled a Martha with a sale of his stock in HCA. So much for accountable government.

I wonder if the business community, who are reeling under the burdens of Sarbanes-Oxley and its corporate accountability requirements see the irony that the folks who required them to meet with the strictest corporate ethical standards are so pathetically amaturish with the curruption and intrique thing. Geese-Louise, if I'd wanted scandals and excuses, I'd have voted to give Bill Clinton a 3rd term.

I'm not-so-secretly happy. Politicans are more likely to be corrupt than, well, any other line of work (and I have a certain amount of acceptance for that), but this is a message that was long overdue: keep a handle on it.
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