Thursday, September 21, 2006

Skimming the scum off the White House pond


Secret Service logs show that felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and associates met with White House staff (i.e., the Bush Administration) nearly 200 times over the past 5 years. The list of scum is as follows:

Grover Norquist, leader of Americans for Tax Reform -- 97
Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition -- 18
Neil Volz, former aide to Bob Ney --18
Tony Rudy, former aide to Tom DeLay --13
Kevin Ring, former aide to John Doolittle -- 21
Shawn Vasell, lobbyist -- 18

It's time to take these people to task. Americans for Tax Reform is really a front group for corporate America and the investor class. The Christian Coalition -- I can't say anything good about government-sponsored, -endorsed, -supported, and -financed religion. Bob Ney is an alcoholic former US politician who disgraced himself and his state of Ohio by being a scum-sucking pig at the public trough. Tom DeLay got into politics because he hated the EPA and all their restrictions placed upon him and his industry (the bug-killing kind). John Doolittle probably lives up to his name (in all fairness, though I live in California, I know virtually nothing about this guy, which may mean that he's a good guy, but I suspect he's simply not vile enough yet -- but keep on trying, John!).

And anybody who's a lobbyist, by definition, is scum. What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? Not as good as 500 lobbyists. (The real punchline is: It's a good start.)