Thursday, February 05, 2004
A specal "All-Sleaze" posting!!
The high road to Sleazeville
As John Forbes Kerry pretends to be a populist on his way to the Democratic nomination, let's backtrack to Iowa for a moment. After his shock win, he talked about how his message had been well received by the voters of Iowa. You thought he was talking about his message of standing up to Bush and being a leader, right? No, he must have meant this message instead. Seems 'Ol Botox Eyes (his name from now on) had some staffers making calls to voters accusing Dean of everything from "environmental racism" (which must mean no rights for raccoons) to using babies for skeet targets. Of course the Botox campaign denied encouraging this, blaming it on a rogue staffer. Only problem is that numerous other voters received similar calls. That's nice. Let's talk about the issues unless we're losing. That's one hell of a message.
How to abuse your government post in three easy steps
1. Help author and pass a controversial Medicare plan that gives billions of dollars away to the drug industry.
2. Resign from your position and take a job with a drug interest that benefits from the new law.
3. Sit back and watch those dollars roll in!!
Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) must have that routine memorized. He announced recently that he will not seek re-election after this year and will step down from his Chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Feb. 16. He claims it is for health reasons. Not likely. Try it's because he received an offer to head the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a trade group that represents drug giants like Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. And this is after he helped pass the Medicare prescription drug bill. Gosh, no conflict of interest here, huh? It shouldn't be a surprise since he comes from the "Big Sleazy", whose penchant for corrupt officials is rivaled only by Rhode Island (mayor as felons and multiple governors arrested for graft keeps them in the top spot. Go Little Rhody!!). But never has it been so blatant. He may as well have stood on the floor of the House while a PhRMA rep shoved $100 bills down his pants. Maybe he did. I don't watch too much C-Span.
I never accepted favors from ... oh, you mean THAT contractor
Last, but not least, a shout out to the governor of my home state, Connecticut. Y'know, the rest stop between Boston and New York City. Anyway, Gov. John Rowland gave the State of the State address last night to tepid applause. Why? Oh, little things like accepting favors from state contractors, lying about it and then admitting he lied in a state-wide address. Add to that being the subject of a federal graft investigation and facing possible impeachment, and you can see why a lot of people, Dems and Reps alike, want him to resign. This is really the first time in ages where something like this has happened in Connecticut. I guess we're jealous of Rhode Island having all the cool criminals as leaders. We look over there and say "Why can't one of Hartford's mayors be an ex-felon who beat his ex-wife's boyfriend half to death with a fireplace log?" (That would be Buddy Cianci, Providence's favorite son and current prisoner, by the way.)