Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by crabtastic, Nov 29, 2005.
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Tip of the iceberg?!
This is what happens (eventually) to people who go through life with the attitude
'Rules are for other people '
Hubris....closely followed by inevitable nemesis.........what was the impending criminal case that impelled this trusty representative of the people to 'come clean ' ? Who stands to benefit from bringing the guy down ?
The fact that he was nailed to the floor and prosecutors are still looking into other charges (and he is now co-operating with the investigation as part of a plea bargain).
He wasn't exactly being subtle. A Congressman makes $162k a year. Let's throw in whatever a Cdr's pension is. Now then let's take a look at his lifestyle;
1. A $2.55million house (bought from proceeds of the sale of his previous house, at nearly twice the market value, to a contractor)
2. A 42ft yacht that served as his DC residence (owned by a defence contractor, who threw in yacht club fees too.)
3. A $200,000 deposit on a condo
4. A Rolls Royce
thanks.....sincere sympathies with Col Westhusing's family. He sounds like an idealist who found only anguish at the reality of US administration in Iraq. Like most Brits, I have only a dim glimmer of what it means to be a Pointer....how people reconcile what they have been taught in places like West Point, Annapolis and Sandhurst with what they find in Iraq is key to survival...not just during the Op tour but AFTERWARDS.
How the US and our own forces treat people post op tour is KEY to whether they will still be effective, either as soldiers or as mensch.
There is something very very sad about greed allegedly getting in the way of honour. Did Cunningham support McCain on the torture bill by the way?
The torture bill/amendment hasn't been given time for a vote on the House floor. Most House Republicans have been staying quiet. Don't know either way.
P.S. There is nothing to allege. He confessed to all.
Cunningham is a disgrace and needs to go away for a long, long time. But to try and trott him out as a poster child of "Republican corruption" is laughable....lest we not forget the S&L , ABSCAM and the House Bank and many more scandals which took down far more Democratic Congressmen and Senators then this little faux paux http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_scandals_of_the_United_States#1975_-_1999
Republicans still hold the "moral high ground" ... it is getting a bit soft under our feet but we hold it none the less and will and are winning ground back as Rove remains unindicted and DeLay will prove the prosecutor to be a political lacky. Behold we are watching the Dems as a party disappear...then we the US have to contend with what the Euros have a multi party system where ever jackass party can emerge and we have elections every 14 days
...as opposed to the current estimable American system where only multi-millionaires can stand for President with any chance of a succesful run, campaigns which must be bankrolled from the second year into any Presidency, leaving the bewildered and perplexed citizenry (well those with an IQ higher than room temperature anyway) presented with Hobson's Choice ?
Choose then...between a jackass in office being manipulated by his V-P, who cannot be removed for a further four years or the least offensive of a bunch of political pygmies........
Viva Ross Perot!
correction Bush is Republican as such a elephant, jackass is the democrate party symbol. At least our "leader" is directly elected by the population and not appointed by his party lackies
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