The Transportation Security Administration lied to the public, the press and Congress about its role in obtaining personal information about 12 million airline passengers to test a new computerized system that screens for terrorists, according to a government investigation.
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.
Of the many bottom-feeding scum suckers who roam the halls of Congress, none is more despicable than House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. But DeLay, whose morality can’t even be measured with a micrometer, outdid himself this week when he – of all people – tried to drag both God and morals into the circus he and his political party have made of the Terri Schiavo tragedy. “One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo to elevate the visibility of what’s going on in America,” the scandal-scarred Texas congressman told a meeting of the Family Research Council. “Americans would be so barbaric as to pull a feeding tube out of a person that is lucid and starve them to death for two weeks.” DeLay, of course, is pandering to the rabid religious right – the holy rollers who have infected our government like cancer. He is also trying to divert attention from his mounting legal and ethical problems and pending indictments back in Texas for fraud and money laundering.
President Bush and his allies would like the experts to find a crisis in Social Security to help sell the president’s private accounts and other Social Security reforms. This week the experts found a crisis, all right, but it wasn’t Social Security; it was Medicare.