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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Circling the wagons?

AP: WASHINGTON - The FBI's raid on a congressman's office is rippling through Capitol Hill, with majority Republicans in the House complaining to a GOP president and predicting a constitutional showdown in the Supreme Court.

FBI agents searched Jefferson's office in pursuit of evidence in a bribery investigation. The search warrant, signed by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan, was based on an affidavit that said agents found $90,000 in cash wrapped and stashed in the freezer of Jefferson's home.

Jefferson has not been indicted and has denied wrongdoing. The search brought Republican and Democratic leaders together in a rare alliance, fighting what they branded a breach of constitutional boundaries between branches of government.

I've been pretty much avoiding political topics of late, something I have done for most of my adult life, actually.

I find this unusual display of bipartisan unity somewhat amusing, in that it has nothing to do with serving the public, and everything to do with self-serving politicians.

That is, it would be amusing, except for the fact that it's a sad commentary on the condition of Congress...which has even lower approval ratings than the President.

Of course, approval ratings are based on polls, which are often worded to achieve the results desired by the pollsters.

Nobody is above the law; if members of Congress are innocent of any wrongdoing, they have nothing to fear.

Unfortunately, a lot of them are probably running scared right about now...


Blogger onlineanalyst said...

As you and I agree: Follow da money!

I guess we could call this a system of checks and balances. And it looks as if the "esteemed' Congresscritter's cash, checks, and balances were not computing.

If legal protocol was followed -- and it appears that it was -- these lame bipartisan posturings about Constitutional abuse say much about the document illiteracy in a body that that one would hope should know better.

Was the same outrage exhibited when FBI documents were "spirited" into the White House in the prior administration. Oh, never mind: Hillary Clinton was probably just holding a seance with her mentor Eleanor Roosevelt at the time. Poltergeists happen!

May 24, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

I fail to understand their logic here. Their logic says that if we let these types of investigations go through with members of Congress, it will impede them from doing the work they were elected for.
OK, well, here is my logic, see if it makes sense to y'all. By Federal Agents going in and removing cash that was wrapped up in foil inside a plastic dish (kind of resembled lasagne as some said) we prevented this law abiding congressman from voting on the floor in Washington?
I'm waiting..
Still waiting....
Hah, no logic there at all that anyone can come up with.

The real logic would be that we don't want lawbreakers in our hallowed halls of congress regardless of their political persuasion or (cause you know this is coming) color of their skin.

May 24, 2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

My sentiments exactly. Nobody is above the law. An honest politician should have nothing to fear, and a dishonest politician should learn something about the fear of being discovered. Way to go Justice Dept!

May 24, 2006 8:17 AM  
Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

hmm... lessee... yeah, getting a warrant to look in the guy's office after a big wad of unexplained cash was found in his freezer sounds OK... so long as they are polite and apologize after if - on the odd chance - he is clean.

after all, there is that rare case of the eccentric hoarder who really accumulates lots of cash in the freezer, mattress, whatever, just by being really frugal....
we don't want to accidentally humiliate or abuse someone like that... but checking into them is reasonable.

separation of branches of government? naah. phooey. they are not above the law. if nothing illegal is going on, what is the big deal having the police look around your office? happens all the time for all kinds of reasonable situations.

yes, of course, i'm sure there are sometimes approved secret ops that would need $90K to weasel secrets out of bad guys or blow them up or something... but that dirt is handled by people way lower in the food chain than a congressman.

i do wonder tho... how is it that agents were inside his freezer in the first place? did they have a warrant for that? I hope so, or else the whole thing will blow up in their faces.

May 24, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

An honest politician? Thanks, I needed a laugh and that phrase did it for today!
With generous salaries and literally everything they need or want for free on top of that is it any wonder that their actions bear little resemblance to anything in real life?
George may be in a bubble but it's a mighty crowded bubble!

May 24, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Steven Segal is "Above the Law".
I just loved that movie.

May 24, 2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Nice Sting by the FBI, they waited until he spent ten grand... Ha Ha Ha...

Maybe they tracked the marked bills back to a box of petty cash at his office... Ha Ha Ha...

I wonder how long before they will blame Bush for this???

May 24, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

I think the FBI got the warrent on the basis of the tape recorded conversations that had been made as he laughingly took the bribes,but I suppose that denied Billy's rights, too. Poor picked on guy. Must have happened because he isn't a Person of Pallor.

May 24, 2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

What is it about the word "illegal" that Congresscritters don't understand. Whether we are talking about illegal aliens are Congresscritters committing illegal crimes (yes, a redundancy, so sue me), they suddenly get stuck on stupid.

Hastert arguing that the "separation of powers" principle prevents law enforcement from getting legal warrants from judges to search Congresscritters' offices is like the Pope arguing that law enforcement in America can't arrest or collect evidence on pedophile Catholic Priest because that would violate the principle of "separation of church and state." What morons.

May 24, 2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

I remember reading something, somewhere, hmmmmmm, well, about government FOR the People, BY the People, or something like that. Let me think now....., where
was that?....[eyesgazingupwardtappingfinger on cheek]

May 25, 2006 7:26 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...


I was born practically in the shade of that rock!

May 25, 2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger mk77 said...


Are you aware that more people voted in the final of American Idol than in any presidential election for donkey's years? Even in Reagan's election there were only 55 million votes. The American Idol votes totalled over 60 million - and every vote put money in Simon's pocket.

Cripes. The greatest country on earth? What a hoot ...

May 26, 2006 5:43 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Mk77 before I track you down... I would just like to know...
Do you enjoy being a stupid troll??? You could vote as many times as you wanted... But that does not mean anything to a stupid troll...

May 26, 2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger mk77 said...

Ooooh ... Here comes the cavalry!
I'm scaaaared!

May 26, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

If that is Pawnee Rock (on the Santa Fe Trail). If not, I wasn't.

May 26, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Grant Jones said...

First, they need to get their livestock inside the circle.

Second, they need to make the circle big enough so as not to get arrowed in the back. Because that hurts, especially when shot by a federal judge.

May 26, 2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

Congresscritters do run amok sort of like the pigs in animal farm who are "more equal" than others. Suddenly the Executive branch is no longer allowed to execute the laws made by the legislative branch upon said branch.

May 27, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

The only separation they're worried about is the separation of them from their bribes, payoffs, kickbacks and campaign contributions!

May 28, 2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Robert Rhodes said...

Hawkeye: "dishonest politician"

Isn't that an oxymoron? Unfortunately, it's beginning to seem like it. This "culture of corruption" that the Dems keep trying to place on Republicans may yet come back to bite 'em on the rear. Left. Right. Don't matter to me. "Book 'em, Dano."

As for American Idol receiving more votes than the last several presidential elections... the difference is that Americans only get one vote each for the President.


June 01, 2006 3:28 AM  

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