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Those Scandalous (NY) Democrats!

March 5, 2010

Those poor democrats, they just can’t catch a break, can they? Lately it seems that if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Apparently the horrible legislation isn’t the only thing bring the party down, there’s Congressmen and Governors who just can’t quite figure out how to be decent human beings. Over the past few weeks, no–months, democrats have spent so much time trying to do damage control that it’s no wonder that it’s all starting to feel a little like a dam just broke up the B.S. River.

There have been allegations about Chairman of the Ways and Means committee, Rep. Charlie Rangle (D[uh] -NY), for months. Apparently Ol’ Charlie (allegedly) violated a few rules that congressmen are supposed to follow. He also is really bad at accounting. Which, I don’t know, I’m not an expert, but shouldn’t the chairman of the WAYS AND MEANS committee sort of know what the hell he needs to be claiming on his tax forms. I can understand an error like perhaps rounding $0.50 down, instead of up, it happens to the best of us (cough3rdgraderscough), but to just forget to include income from rental property in the Dominican Republic or just miss $500,000 in assets, that’s a bit fishy. And then the scandalous fund raising, c’mon Charlie! You know better…or should, right? Perhaps my expectations are too high. Thankfully, Good Ol’ Charlie is stepping down from his high horse position as chairman and passing the gavel on to (maybe) cleaner hands.

Then we have the lovely Governor of New York, Mr. David Paterson. This is the guy that replaced the prostitute loving, Eliot Spitzer. I didn’t think you could get any worse. But, as they say, “only in New York”. This guy, man…it’s almost like lying and corruption is in the water. He (allegedly) intervened with a domestic violence investigation involving his top aide, David W. Johnson and his girlfriend, Sherr-una Booker. He also (allegedly) accepted free tickets to a World Series game in 2009. Wait, no, that’s not an allegation, he did accept free tickets, but claimed that it he was there in a Ceremonial capacity, and that he did nothing wrong. The New York Commission on Public Integrity claims that Paterson lied under oath and is asking prosecutors to determine if criminal charges should be brought against Governor Paterson. Last week, Paterson decided not to run for reelection in 2010. Big shocker there!

But it just doesn’t end there. We now have Congressman Eric Massa (D[uh]-NY) who (allegedly) used some improper language when speaking with staffers. He must have said something pretty bad to be considered sexual harassment. In fact, he’s just gonna take his ball and RUN home!! As my friend Jeff said in his post: “Really Congressman, just what are you talking about late at night in those car rides?” Earlier today he released a statement:

“I own this reality. There is no doubt in my mind that I did in fact, use language in the privacy of my own home and in my inner office that, after 24 years in the Navy, might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable,” Massa said. “In fact, there is no doubt that this Ethics issue is my fault and mine alone. But in the incredibly toxic atmosphere that is Washington D.C., with the destruction of our elected leaders having become a blood sport, especially in talk radio and on the internet, there is also no doubt that an Ethics investigation would tear my family and my staff apart.”

Wow. So bad that it would tear his family apart? I don’t think I even want to know what was said at this point. Sounds pretty disturbing.

What’s next for New York? Could they possibly handle any more embarrassment? Oh, sure they can. It’s New York! (Might as well be Chicago at this rate.) But, if you add these three problems with the growing animosity Americans are feeling toward politicians, it’s just fuel to the fire. I wonder if politicians in D.C. (and elsewhere) are starting to realize that all it takes is one miscalculation or wrong action, and in the next eight months they’re going become like 16% of Americans, jobless.

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