Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Corruption, by the numbers.

"Casino Jack" Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and Randy (“Duke”) Cunningham have pled guilty to corruption charges. Tom (“the Hammer”) DeLay and Lewis (“Scooter”) Libby have been indicted. Bill Frist is under investigation by the SEC and the Department of Justice for insider trading.

Steve Safavian was arrested by the FBI while working in the White House. Ken Tomlison and Patricia Harrison are being probed for violating the Public Broadcasting Act. Denny Hastert is being probed for accepting money from Turkey.

The Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts G.O.P. was arrested for laundering drug money, and Mitt Romney (Governor and Presidential aspirant) has a good old-fashioned payola scandal brewing. He gave a $10,000 contract to conservative Boston Herald columnist to write columns supportive of Romney’s policies.

Chuck McGee, former Exec. Director of the Republican Party in Vermont and Allen Raymond pled guilty to conspiracy to suppress Democrat’s votes. Bob Taft, Gov. of Ohio was convicted of misusing state funds.

Spokane Mayor Jim West abused his office to obtain sexual favors and solicited sex over the internet from underage males.

And that’s not to mention Karl Rove.

When a CBS/Times poll asked Americans which party has higher ethical standards, 34 percent said the Republicans.

How is this possible? Do the math.

There were 121,480,019 voters in the last Presidential election. Suppose that P.T. Barnum is correct. That would mean that there were 41,303,206 suckers under the age of 80. The ratio of suckers under the age of 80 to voters is 34%.

Coincidence? Perhaps not.

"…and tell ‘em Big Mitch sent ya!”

P.S. For a state-by-state list of Republican corruption check out WayneMadsenReports.

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