Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Culture of Corruption

If you're going to point out that the majority party in Congress is corrupt, you'd better make sure you're not part of the culture of corruption yourself.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.


Senate ethics rules require lawmakers to disclose on their annual ethics report all transactions involving investment properties - regardless of profit or loss - and to report any ownership stake in companies.


"This is very, very clear," Cooper said. "Whether you make a profit or a loss you've got to put that transaction down so the public, voters, can see exactly what kind of money is moving to or from a member of Congress."

The best thing about this story is that a former aide to Reid snitched him out to the Associated Press. We need more aides, former and current, to start snitching on legislators, both Democratic and Republican. Till then, we need to make sure that neither party has the run of the shop the way the Republicans do nationally, and the way the Democrats do in Maine.

I hope for gridlock in the upcoming elections.