Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:43 pm Post subject: $500 Billion Just a Drop in the Bucket
From Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:00 am to Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|Another day another elected official indicted.
Today Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted for failing to disclose thousands of dollars he received.
Although he is the first sitting Senator indicted since 1993 he joins his congressional colleague Rep Don Young who is also under investigation.
Just two examples of what is so wrong with the system.
Now we donít want to accuse these men of anything until they are convicted but letís go out on a limb and assume they are guilty.
What do you think will happen to them?
Worst case scenario they will plea deal down and retire with full pensions on our dime and wind up working for some lobbyist corrupting future electeds.
Now letís picture the same scenario if we had a political pre nup in place. (http://www.where-to-turn.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=43838)
Both of these guys would be forced to repay all they were convicted of stealing and would forfeit their tax free pensions.
Wouldnít that be great!
With the state of the economy, one only had to listen to Governor Paterson tonight, we really need to start taking a serious look from the top on down.
Our elected officials, the Authorities and right on down to you and me.
Is it only me or does anyone else think that there is something wrong with the fact that it costs hundreds of millions to become president.
Hell, it is even going to cost $2 Million to become a Congressman on Staten Island.
People putting up that type of money are going to be looking for something in return.
Its time to limit our exposure.
If we donít the $500 Billion deficit will look like a drop in the bucket in a few years and they only ones who will be able to afford to retire will be our elected officials.