our representatives are not like us

9 06 2006

You’ve probably heard about Rep. William Jefferson getting caught taking bribes and hiding the money, but in case you haven’t, here’s an excerpt from an article about it :

It takes a particular kind of nerve to be filmed taking $100,000 in alleged bribe money out of an FBI informant’s car, have the FBI later find the same cold, hard cash wrapped in aluminum foil in your freezer — and then adamantly claim that you have done nothing wrong.

But Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana has that rare trait — to the horror of his fellow Democrats who are hoping to convince voters that it’s the Republicans who are corrupt. “There are two sides to every story,” Jefferson said, restating his innocence in a Capitol Hill news conference yesterday. “There are certainly two sides to this story.”

Fox’s Jim Mills tried a different tack: “If you did not take a $100,000 bribe, why not just say it now?”

“I simply will decline to answer,” Jefferson replied, displaying the cool of a man who keeps his cash in the freezer.

You can read the rest of that article here.

Doug Powers at WorldNetDaily.com has written an article on how Congressmen don’t follow the same laws as the rest of Americans, specifically referencing this issue.  Here’s an excerpt of his article :

Capitol Hill reaction to the raiding of Jefferson’s office demonstrates just how separated-by-design Congress is from the laws they construct for the rest of us. A congressman’s office is way off limits to search and seizure, but what if those of us who don’t have the luxury of congressional immunity were taped accepting a bribe and police found $90,000 in our freezer? Not only would our office be raided while investigators ate the fish sticks they found next to the money, but they’d raid our storage shed, safe-deposit box, impound our boat, motorcycle, car, dog and cat, and then we’d be thrown in jail to await our trial a year from now.

Congress is on thin ice with this one, and they know it. In the world you and I live in, searching the office of a lawmaker suspected of taking huge bribes would be a no-brainer, but in congressional la-la-land this is an unforgivable invasion of privacy.

I’m not gonna spend much time ranting on this today, so draw your own conclusions… 🙂  I will say, that if they had to follow the same laws, they would do more for our benefit (because it would be for their benefit too).  And if their retirement was based on Social Security instead of them receiving their salary for life, that would be fixed by now, too.  Anyway, I’m not gonna get started on this now…

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