As the latest scandal for Democrats plays out in the VA hospital system, media have missed the broader story about the “progressive” party.
For years, at every turn, scandals and corruption have surfaced within both state and federal government bureaucracies and in the party as a whole.
Mini-scandals like New York Rep. Charles Rangel’s tax fiasco and former Sec. of State Timothy Geithner’s errant tax returns were given short shrift. Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-Calif.) entanglement in a banking scandal flew by like a gnat in the 24/7 media cycle.
Where have standards gone? Considering the vast wealth the federal government transfers from U.S. citizens in the form of payroll, income, and regulatory taxes (“fees”), reaching record heights under the Obama administration, don’t Americans deserve better?
Apparently we forgot that in the November, 2006 midterm elections, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) clothed her party’s total sweep of Congress in a pledge to “drain the swamp.” How did Pelosi’s swamp drain work out? More muck.
There have been enough scandals to top Tammany Hall—the real Tammany Hall corruption, not the revisionist history progressive writers weave today. Such writers acknowledge corruption but accept it, reasoning as President Barack Obama did in his memoir that if something trickles down to the greater public good, all is well.
Remember the Department of Homeland Security scandal sex scandal when Janet Napolitano was chief? Of course you don’t. The sexual allegations were deliberately ignored by legacy media. The sex scandal was actually broken by an indie blogger.
From top to bottom and in party circles, corruption reigns.
In South Carolina, a former member of the executive committee of a county Democrat party was arrested for breaching security at the state’s Health and Human Services Agency where he worked. The state employee allegedly put more than 200,000 Medicaid enrollees at risk for identity theft. That is definitely a novel way to help the poor, right?
Have we forgotten the General Services Administration scandal, when the agency spent a million bucks on parties, hot tubs, and wine? Or Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s August, 2010 report ‘Summertime Blues’ detailing millions and millions of wasted Stimulus dollars diverted from taxpayers for projects only an idiot or criminal would approve?
Did you even know that in 2012 an official with the Federal Aviation Administration openly told employees to vote Democrat in the upcoming election?
In that same year, the mayor of Trenton (N.J.) became the subject of a corruption scandal. Newspapers did cover it, but most omitted the mayor’s political party.
By 2013 when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Alejandro Mayorkas was being investigated for allegedly obtaining visas for select executives in countries like China, Americans had become so accustomed to corruption, a collective yawn could be heard across the land.
Also in 2013 media covered the New Jersey race for the U.S. Senate seat Cory Booker won. Most media portrayed Booker as a rising star in the Democrat party. Few if any media asked hard questions of Booker, about Newark’s insane crime rate, about his questionable claims on living in New Jersey, or his unusual habit of rescuing people and dogs from disaster. Only a Democrat can get a pass on matters like that. Even Booker’s fellow Dems in Newark had skewered him for his performance as mayor.
By 2014, Americans had witnessed government’s refusal to enforce immigration laws despite the fact every congressman and the president takes an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. IRS had been weaponized by the left, to shut down dissenting voices. Guns had been officially run across the U.S. southern border into Mexico, Libya had come unglued as we intervened and then fled after the Benghazi scandal, and taxpayers had been fleeced on suspect loans from the government to failing energy companies who just happened to be Dem cronies.
Recently a rising Democrat star in California, state Sen. Leland Yee was charged in a case involving conspiracy to traffic in firearms although the senator is rabidly anti-gun when it comes to the 2nd amendment for you and me. On the heels of that scandal, a scandal broke in Texas involving state Rep. Ron Reynolds in a case involving allegations of kickbacks. Reynolds, like Yee, was a rising Democrat star.
Media barely whispered about an ethics mess amnesty activist Rep. Luis Gutierrez is involved in, to the tune of more than $500,000 taxpayer dollars.
Today Gen. Eric K. Shinseki (Ret.) made a speech, apologizing for the VA scandal and promising to fix it. While most of us appreciate Shinseki’s service to the U.S. Army and our country, those of us who are outside the government class are scratching our heads, wondering why this man still has a job.
From the day Pelosi stood and told Americans she was going to “drain the swamp” until today’s news about Shinseki, there’s been a long parade of scandals and examples of corruption too broad to list here. You could fill a book with them.
I haven’t even touched the massive hoax Democrats labeled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the draconian taxes that bill will directly or indirectly levy on the middle class in addition to tanking the U.S. healthcare system.
I haven’t even touched the deceptions this administration has perpetrated on all of us, even those who voted for it in both 2008 and 2012.
As I write this, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to intrude on the property of every single American in a historic power grab a communist country might levy. Media can’t be bothered to tell you about it, but you will feel the pain down the road, I assure you.
And we are not stupid. Pelosi didn’t “drain the swamp,” she mucked it up even more than it already was.
Pelosi’s fellow Democrat, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn’t tackled the swamp. Instead, he wanders around the Senate floor, insulting Republicans and blaming everyone but his own party for ineptitude and failure. At times Reid appears senile. The lack of ability in these two leaders should frighten you, considering the wars waged across the world at present and the record levels of debt this party has foisted on us and our children.
We deserve better, every one of us, rich or poor, left or right, dullard or intellectual. That we don’t demand it, that we remain mired in antagonism over social issues the government has no legitimate role in, is the real tragedy.
(Opinion by Kay B. Day/May 30, 2013)
Image: Cartoon relating to Republican defeat of Tammany Hall candidates in 1875 elections: “Tammany’s Waterloo” trumpeting elephant standing on crushed remnants of “Reformed Tammany Hall”; by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly; US Library of Congress digital collection.
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