SCANDALS ABOUND FOR THE DEMOCRATS, AMONG THEM CHARLES RANGEL…

Posted on March 4, 2010. Filed under: Politics... |

 
In 2006, when the Democrats were fighting Republicans for majority, the Democrats were saying that the Republicans had become arrogant and Congress was "in urgent need of a housecleaning".  Now, we have the Republicans saying the very same thing about the Democrats.  When will it end?  We can end it all in November by voting all these clowns out of office.  If you don’t think this can be done, think again.  We can do it, and it will send a clear message to Washington that we’re fed up!  They need to stop the backstabbing antics and start doing the jobs they were elected to do.  If they can’t act like adults and perform their jobs to our satisfaction, then we need to get them out of there, plain and simple!
 
We should follow the lead of Central Falls High School in Rhode Island where 93 people, including the principal, three assistant principals and 77 teachers were all fired because they couldn’t reach an agreement over certain issues, mainly money.  Of the 800 students, 65 percent are Hispanic and for most of them, English is a second language.  Half the students are failing every subject, with 55 percent skilled in reading and 7 percent proficient in math.  It is one of the lowest performing schools in Rhode Island so the superintendent sent a clear message and fired 93 people, including 77 teachers, and these teachers are represented by unions!  We should do the same in November with the underperforming politicians.  Fire them and get rid of the filth that is inhabiting our government offices and replace them with representatives who will listen to the American people, the people who they are supposed to work for, not the other way around!  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of supporting their bad habits!
 
This is also getting sickening!  Instead of the constant whining and bickering back and forth, these idiots need to stand up and work for our interests instead of for their own self interests.  Why is it that the Democrats threw New York Governor David Paterson under the bus, but continue to defend the likes of Charlie Rangel, one of the most corrupt politicians in our government?  Heck, he had 40 years to hone his greed and corruption skills and now he’s stepping down temporarily?  They need to make it permanent for what that dirtbag has done to disgrace his office, which is what the Democrats do rather well…
 
QueenBee
 
 
 
March 4, 2010
Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Time
Representative Charles B. Rangel resigned as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee because of ethics violations.
 
 
Representative Eric J. Massa of upstate New York, facing allegations that he had harassed a staff member, plans to retire. 
 
WASHINGTON — The ethical woes facing Democrats are piling up, with barely a day passing in recent weeks without headlines from Washington to New York and beyond filled with word of scandal or allegations of wrongdoing.
 

The troubles of Gov. David A. Paterson of New York, followed by those of two of the state’s congressmen, Charles B. Rangel and Eric J. Massa, have added to the ranks of episodes involving prominent Democrats like Eliot Spitzer, Rod R. Blagojevich and John Edwards.

Taken together, the cases have opened the party to the same lines of criticism that Democrats, led by Representatives Nancy Pelosi, now the House speaker, and Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, used effectively against Republicans in winning control of the House and Senate four years ago.

The mix of power and the temptations of corruption can be a compelling political narrative at any time. But with voters appearing to be in an angry mood and many already inclined to view all things Washington with mistrust, the risks for Democrats could be that much greater this year.

With Election Day still eight months away, there is time to avert a history-is-repeating-itself storyline. But Democrats, who are already on the defensive over the economy, health care and federal spending and are facing a re-energized conservative movement, suddenly have a set of ethical issues to deflect as well. “Speaker Pelosi famously promised the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history,” Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader, said Thursday. “Yet here we go again.”

In 2006, when Democrats were battling for control of the House, the message of their campaign against the Republicans could be boiled down to a three-word slogan: Culture of corruption. Democratic leaders aggressively seized on each indictment of a Republican member of Congress or lobbyist, building an argument that the controlling party had become arrogant and was in urgent need of a housecleaning.

So is that moment — in reverse fashion — now approaching for Democrats?

Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Thursday that the recent spate of allegations against several political figures in his party was troubling.

But he said the recent cases — largely revolving around New York politicians — had hardly reached the nationwide pitch that buffeted Republicans four years ago. Then, Tom DeLay, the Republican House leader, was indicted in Texas, and the influence-peddling scandal tied to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff touched several Republican members of Congress.

“I would never say that folks should be blithe about their ethical responsibilities. But I think it’s quite a bit different,” Mr. Kaine said Thursday in an interview. “But a couple things that happened in the same week in one state is different than the kind of corruption that roped members of Congress in from all over the country.”

Ms. Pelosi moved quickly this week to deal with escalating criticism surrounding Mr. Rangel, who was admonished by the House ethics committee for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean. He remains under investigation on more serious accusations.

Mr. Rangel stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, heading off any possibility of a drawn-out political battle over his fate. The National Republican Congressional Committee has been intensifying its pressure on Democratic lawmakers in districts across the country to return political contributions from Mr. Rangel, who was among the most generous contributors to fellow members of Congress.

“All Aboard for the Ride to Victory,” screams a poster depicting Mr. Rangel against a train, showing how many Democratic campaigns he helped finance. Republicans have sent around the old Rangel campaign posters this week to highlight his influence.

Since last Friday, 29 House Democrats have given back or donated to charity more than $400,000 in contributions from Mr. Rangel’s three political fund-raising committees. But several others have not returned the money. Representative Michael E. McMahon, Democrat of New York, is among those who have not returned the money, in his case more than $70,383.

Ms. Pelosi dismissed the criticism on Thursday that Democrats had not lived up to their promise to sweep away a culture of corruption on Capitol Hill. She also noted that she had established an outside group to receive complaints about members of Congress, which could be easily referred to the House ethics committee.

“My commitment to the American people is that the public trust will always be honored,” Ms. Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “And on the floor of the House, that happens.”

President Obama, who built his campaign around a pledge to change the way Washington works and to strengthen transparency and ethics, has followed a practice of generally not commenting on the scandals or allegations involving the Democratic politicians. Months ago, several of his senior advisers worked behind the scenes to try to dissuade Governor Paterson from running for election, a pitch that failed.

Last week, Mr. Paterson conceded that he would not be on the ticket in the fall, but he has declined to step down. The White House has said that it has no intention of wading into the Paterson situation again, but several advisers said they were following the developments with interest.

It is the case of another governor, perhaps, that has drawn even more attention from those inside the West Wing.

Mr. Blagojevich, who was impeached last year as the governor of Illinois, faces a criminal trial in June. The proceedings are expected to be unfolding at the very moment that Democrats are battling in several races, including a campaign for the Senate seat once held by the man who now sits in the Oval Office.

 

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