Thursday, May 26, 2005

Corrupt Legislarors arrested, FINALLY...

For the last few months Tennessee's legislature, a common trough of patronage that would shame Tammany, has been doing its best to avoid passing an ethics bill fomented bu boat rocking boy and girl scouts. The bill, in its final form, basically makes it a misdemeanor for a legislator to ask for and then accept a big handful of cash from a lobbyist in exchange for a written promise to support and vote for a particular bill.

Senator's wives, children, employees, or others can still do it, though.

Today, 4 legislators and a former legislator were arrested fot federal corruption offenses.

When asked if this had implications for ethics legislation, two prominent senators said,

“If you pass you ethics bills in a hurry, you’re reacting to headlines”, and

“We should not have a knee-jerk reaction”.

Turn off those lights! Everything is fine in here in the dark! Nothing to see, move along!

Another senator said, “It’s a sad day for the legislature and the families."

Not for the taxpayers, whose legislators sell the public purse to whoever will pay, no, it's all about US...

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