Friday, June 23, 2006

Culture of Corruption

I don't have the patience to listen to talk radio at home. But in the car, if there's no good music on (most of the time) I can flip through the stations during commercials or when the host is stretching, making a short story long in order to fill time. So I can listen to three talk radio stations at once and easily keep track of all of the arguements. They all stretch, everyone on both sides of the political dial, kind of like what I'm doing now. As I fill space, they fill time. But eventually, they get to the point of their story, as I am about to do.

As I was driving, Michael Savage read this editorial from the Washington Times. It's about Representative "Redeployment" himself, Jack "Cut and Run" Murtha.
Last June, the Los Angeles Times reported how the ranking member on the defense appropriations subcommittee has a brother, Robert Murtha, whose lobbying firm represents 10 companies that received more than $20 million from last year's defense spending bill. "Clients of the lobbying firm KSA Consulting -- whose top officials also include former congressional aide Carmen V. Scialabba, who worked for Rep. Murtha as a congressional aide for 27 years -- received a total of $20.8 million from the bill," the L.A. Times reported.
In early 2004, according to Roll Call, Mr. Murtha "reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the city of San Francisco." Laurence Pelosi, nephew of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the time was an executive of the company which owned the rights to the land. The same article also reported how Mr. Murtha has been behind millions of dollars worth of earmarks in defense appropriations bills that went to companies owned by the children of fellow Pennsylvania Democrat, Rep. Paul Kanjorski. Meanwhile, the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign-finance watchdog group, lists Mr. Murtha as the top recipient of defense industry dollars in the current 2006 election cycle.
Please notice that the name Pelosi also figures into this story. And of course, there is more.

It's probably time for an investigation into this culture of corruption. After all, everyone claims to be against corruption.

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