George W. Bush’s pathetic attempt to turn Coretta Scott King’s funeral into a politically-advantageous photo op fell flatter than his State of the Union speech Tuesday — a textbook example of just how out of touch the President has become with the American people.
Over the years, new House Majority Leader John Boehner (right) has built a political empire with similarities to the fundraising machine of the man he’s replacing, Rep. Tom DeLay.
The Ohio congressman, who won an upset victory for the House GOP’s No. 2 post, has distributed roughly $2.9 million to Republicans from his political action committee since 1979, according to the campaign finance Web site Political Money Line. Some of the recipients this week returned the favor in voting for him.
Mark Twain said it best: “America is a nation without a distinct criminal class…with the possible exception of Congress.” Using Twain’s observation as a guideline we took a long, hard look at the 535 men and woman who make up the House and Senate of the United States in 1999 and found a collection of rogues, con artists, scofflaws and bad check artists. We found Twain was right. Congress comprises a distinct criminal class.
Most men would have told a bothersome 14-year-old boy to get lost when that kid started hanging around his office and begging for a job. But Pete Hallman was not most men.
The latest pissing contest to occupy Washington’s political landscape involves President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton over just who is responsible for the corporate greed that led to accounting scandals that have sent the stock market into the crapper.
God knows I’m not a prude. As a teenager, I hid Playboys under my mattress, ogled the lingerie ads in the Sears Catalog and even knew about the secret place at my high school where you could look into the girls’ locker room shower.