"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

September 24, 2006

Today's guest post by Phil L.:

"Beyond DeLay"

How is Congressional corruption tolerated? We know that Congress can't or won't police themselves. I personally feel, it's a major issue and no leniency should be given. When will the American people wake up? Hammer it home, day in and day out. Make the people aware of it daily in the mainstream media, not having to search for it on some blog. It's not surprising that on this list 84% are Republi-cons. However, if the remaining Democrats are guilty, they need to be voted out also. Our main issue should be, 'We The People' will not allow our elected officials to defile the Constitution!

"Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its second annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress entitled Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch). This encyclopedic report on corruption in the 109th Congress documents the egregious, unethical and possibly illegal activities of the most tainted members of Congress. CREW has compiled the members’ transgressions and analyzed them in light of federal laws and congressional rules."

Here's the list of the offending parties:

"Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL), Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA), Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA)DISHONORABLE MENTIONS: Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA)"

I see a couple from my state of AZ have made the list. No surprise there. I say we start embarrassing these politicians! What's your take on it?

Phil L.

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