Friday, February 22, 2008
McCain: K Street Project Revisited?
Remember Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed? You know, Washington, D.C.'s version of the Gang of Four. The guys who dreamed up the K Street Project (i.e. effort by the Republican Party (GOP) to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials) and the worst corruption and influence peddling scandal ever to hit any administration, with the possible exceptions of Warren G. Harding Administration's Tea Pot Dome Scandal or the disasterous, corruption riddled Grant Administration. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_Project#The_Abramoff_connection
So far, there is nothing to indicate from the New York Times article revealing Sen. McCain's cozy friendship with a female lobbyist that any illegality took place. However, it does serve as a stark reminder to the public that there is a HUGE difference between the national political parties and whose interests they serve in our nation's capitol while carrying out the business of government.
While it is true that the Democrats' barrel may have had a bad apple or two, like Congressman Jefferson from Louisiana and his freezer full of cold cash, but it is absolutely miniscule compared to the wholesale, Sam's Club version of government for sale that the Republicans ran under the Bush/DeLay/Abramoff Administration. Remember how the Bush White House claimed to barely knew who Jack Abramoff was and fought over the release of its appointment schedule. Then about six months later it comes out that Abramoff had communicated with the White House over 400 times!
Although the investigations continue and a Repbulican Congressman or staffer keeps going to prison about every nine months or so, do we really want to have the White House under the control of the party that thinks the people's business is Halliburton's business?