Draining the swamp was the unbridled promise of Nancy Pelosi when she was Speaker of the house. Not only did she not drain the swamp, she was one of the instruments that dammed it up. How bad is it? We have 100 senators and 435 members of the House for a total of 535. As of today the following statistic is applicable: 29 spousal abuses, 7 frauds, 19 passing bad cheques, 117 bankruptcies (considering they get over $150K that is truly amazing), 3 assaults, 71 insufficient credit to get a credit card, 14 for illicit drug use, 8 for shoplifting, 21 currently in litigation, 84 for drunk driving. This works out to 374 out of 535 legislatorsthat are crooks, which leaves 164 that could be clean. What a state of affairs. And they have an 87% re-election rate to boot!
We pay congressmen $174,000 per year. Then we give them an employee allowance of $900,000. Then we give them $250,000 for office expenses (we provide the office space). The average legislator costs the taxpayers $3.3 million a year. Can you imagine receiving that sort of income and then not being able to get a credit card due to bad debt? Oh, I almost forgot the "Franking Privilege" and the healthcare that costs only $300 per month for a full family, children to age 25, and the pension, well… you get the picture, I'm sure.
Among all these political extortionists we would just like to single out some very special cases that may well interest you. And yes, it is extortion because they set their own salaries by automatic increases of about $3,200 per year that they never vote for but always get. Ever since the freeze of COLA to Social Security recipients -- who, by the way, paid for their provided funds over a period of 30-plus years of taxes -- Congress has given itself more in increases than the average Social Security recipient gets in an entire year, about $14,000.
A recent case in point is Congressman Anthony Weiner, the dirt bag from Queens. While this man has been prominent in the news, what with all the salacious pictures to women young enough to be Weiner's daughters, he is hardly a pimple on an elephant's backside when compared to the likes of those listed below who remain in office. To his meager credit, he resigned his office on the 16th of June 2011, though not officially until the session is over at the end of this year. So Weiner will continue collecting his salary and healthcare option until November 2011. Oh, and he can keep the $5 million in his campaign coffers for himself tax-free. Our only question is what deal did Weiner get from the DNC? We wonder what his future employment will be. We will find out shortly.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has seen the DNC in the form of the House Ethics Committee postpone and then indefinitely delay her promised trial on November 29, 2010. To recap, according to AP, the "charges focus on whether Waters broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank (OneUnited) where her husband owned stock and served [with considerable pay] on the board of directors." One can only wonder if the husband's qualifications would have sufficed if his wife were not a member of Congress. This is one of the famous means by which legislators funnel money to themselves, by having their spouses employed at ridiculous salaries. The bank was given TARP funds to bail them out with the help of Frank (D-MA) and Waters.
Then there's Michelle Obama and her questionable employment at the University of Chicago Medical Center's Neighborhood Outreach, as "Volunteer Recruitment, Staff Diversity & Minority Contracting Officer" (first time in my life I ever heard of such a position). She was hired when her husband became a state Senator for $120,000 and then was given a raise to $317,000 when he became a federal Senator. Well, the Chicago Medical Center did get a one million dollar grant shortly thereafter. Interestingly, Mrs. Obama resigned from her position when he was elected President and in my book we call her whole "job" nothing but payola. The position she occupied has remained unfilled ever since her departure!
Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY), representing Harlem. Rangel is an old-time Tammany politician in the best sense of the word. The House Ethics Committee (under the DNC) found no less than 13 ethics violations for Representative Rangle. The most egregious of these was forgetting to pay income taxes on $75,000 of income. Rangel also: misused his congressional position to raise money for his private Rangel Center for Public Service; used his position to coerce funds from donors who had business before the House Ways and Means Committee, which he chaired; used his "Franking Privilege" to solicit funds; misused residentially zoned (possibly rent-controlled) Harlem apartments for personal campaign headquarters; and Rangel even failed to report $600,000 of rental income. Say, that reminds me of a question, how does one wind up owning apartment complexes in NYC and earning $600,000 on an income of $174,000? Charlie Rangel was found guilty as sin, but retained his office and still makes regular TV appearances. Thank God, his healthcare and pension remain intact!
Representative Barney Frank (D-MA). This monumental liar is continuously reelected by the dumbos in his district and is, along with retiring Senator Chris Dodd (The Dud) (D-CT), single-handedly responsible for the housing debacle. Frank has enough luggage to allow the writing of a 6,000 page book. Honestly, there is not one worthwhile single attribute of this man that I like. He helped Waters get TARP funds for OneUnited. In fact, Frank even admitted talking to federal regulators about the TARP payment to OneUnited but claimed he could not remember the name of the guy he talked with. Seems it was then Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson. Frank still continues to defend his indefensible position in Freddie and Fannie that has cost American taxpayers about one trillion dollars to date – and which continues to rise daily.
Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL). We all remember Blogo, the once governor of the most corrupt state in the union. It seems that, according to the Chicago Sun Times, Jesse offered to raise millions for Blogo in return for appointment to the US Senate. Blogo was indicted on 24 charges but the totally inept federal prosecutors only secured one charge. Jesse was let off the hook. Wonder if his dad had anything to do with that? The amounts are simply staggering. According to the Sun Times, $6 million was in play. Jackson also makes Weiner look good with females when, as a married man, he flew a Washington restaurant hostess (Giovana Huidobro) to Chicago twice from DC. Wow she must be some L&%! No prosecution and no action was taken by the Committee.
We could simply not forget our President. After all, he promised us the most open and legitimate administration in history. We got CHANGE instead with the most corrupt, secretive, lying, stonewalling, cover up, scandal-based Presidency - one that exhibits a total disregard of law, the US Constitution and the American Bill of Rights. It is the worst administration in our history. I thought Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were bad. And they certainly were; they were shysters. But Barack Obama takes the cake. He lied in regards to the Blogo matter, he lies daily on the economy, employment, finance, housing, income and anything else I can think of. In fact, Obama tells so many lies that he can't even remember what he said last week and continuously trips himself up on falsehoods he espoused just the day before. (Click here to watch video of Obama lying.) "America has 54 states!" He proudly gave us the "Cornhusker Kickback," The "Louisiana Purchase" ($100 million), "The "Florida Exception" – and now over 1,300 corporate Obamacare waivers, primarily to DNC contributors and Nancy Pelosi's upscale SF restaurants.
I would continue with Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Ensign, Barbara Boxer and Rahm Emanuel (now the Mayor of Chicago – they deserve him!) But what's the point; if I tried to list all in this column it would fill the entire paper.
Posted by free on 08/14/11 09:37 PM
Great, keep this information coming, it is not hard to see why America is crumbling. The politicians are self serving bureaucrats with no soul.
The world is corrupt, there is break down happening and it starts at the top as always.
The people need to wake up and thats why the DB needs sent to everyone you know.
Posted by BorisSDT on 08/13/11 04:19 AM
Love the article and agree 1000%! These statistics on crimes committed have been disputed by the [clearly liberal] website Click to view link. I wish you wouuld link to or produce your backup for those statistics - it would make the article more forceful and harder to dispute for liberal losers.
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 08/12/11 09:01 PM
9. Congress will only be paid the amount equal to the non-debt financed portion of funds available to the government. That is, (currently) Congress should receive about 60% of their income.
Posted by Nightcrawler on 08/12/11 02:04 PM
Spoke with a Senator about getting the mechanism in place where if enough signatures were collected a referendum could be put on the ballot in the next general election. He wasn't thrilled with the idea. He seemed to sense where I was heading, term limits, congressional benefits, pensions, etc.
Posted by Pewky on 08/12/11 10:56 AM
I NEVER REALIZED I WAS QUALIFIED FOR PUBLIC OFFICE........
Posted by bewer on 08/12/11 10:44 AM
Great examples of the blatantly corrupt US govt. It should collpse, should have collapsed. Hope those who vote to re-elect anybody realize they support corruption.
Posted by fabien_hug on 08/12/11 10:36 AM
What a rant but I'd like to see some Republicans in the list.
Posted by Bluebird on 08/12/11 08:50 AM
I really like this man! Thank you for introducing him, Daily Bell. I had not heard of him before, but he does say things that need to be said. I hope many are listening.
Posted by IndianaJohn on 08/12/11 08:47 AM
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
8. Politics is the epitome of unskilled labor. Your pay scale will match what is typically paid to unskilled workers.
Posted by sandy on 08/12/11 04:51 AM
Great article,-mandatory read imho .
Posted by Hognutz on 08/12/11 01:38 AM
"A long drop on a short rope."
Mr. Krieg, excellent aticle!