Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Being a Corrupt Government Official

Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was arrested today on corruption charges to gain favor in appointing a Senator to fill President-elect Obama's vacant seat. In essence, the charge is that he sought to sell the vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder. Through wire taps and bugs the Governor is reported to have asked for, among other things, campaign funding large amounts of money by year's end and a seat for his wife on a corporate board that could garner large fees yearly. (No wonder these boards don't have the interest of the shareholder or the worker at heart; the members have not a clue. Many of these people on these big boards may know nothing! Look at how these positions appear to be attained.) Governor Blagojevich is quoted in the affidavit as saying, "I want the money." Well, work for it legally like the rest of us! And to think that Blagojevich was elected to clean up the mess the former governor left who is now serving time in prison.

Governor Blagojevich will propably join the other corrupt government officials as convicted felons if the complaints are true. Other corrupt officials include the former governor of Illinois Governor George Ryan (R), who is serving a 6-year prison sentence, and the former 85-year-old Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (R) who should be on a tether and under house arrest, if not locked up behind bars himself. (Think about it, the former senator Ted Stevens has 7 felony convictions!) I'm really trying to be nice here, considering Ted Stevens advanced years. But I'm sure others may think that he deserves prison time. After all, the lack of ethics probably did not begin recently. You don't just happen upon 7 convicted felonies after a lifetime of ethical behavior--highly unlikely! Ted Stevens 40 years in the Senate was probably riffed with unethical conduct as a matter of simply doing things. Remember how defiant he was upon being charged and how righteous he was even after being convicted? Disgusting! He is 85 years old! What is he telling his great-grandchildren?

What's the matter with these people? Had they no lessons in ethics at home at all?

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