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The Life And Times Of Jack Abramoff Friday, December 30, 2005

There's a great story in the Washington Post about super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the world of lobbying corruption built up around him. It's getting bad enough that various members of the House and Senate giving money back to Abramoff because right now, talk of him taking a deal has surely got many members in Congress a little jumpy.

Abramoff, a potent lobbying force in Washington for a decade or so, has close ties to Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist, both scourges to left thinking people everywhere. He's messed with organized crime, swindled Indian tribes out of casino money and the list goes on. According to some sources as many as 60 congressmen could be tagged in this investigation. Rep Bob Ney (R-OHIO) has certainly gotten his work cut out for him to wiggle out of this one.

The problem with this, while seemingly focused on the Republicans will get some Democrats too. One possibility is Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev), better known as the Senate Minority Leader. He's been a strong foil in the Senate against Bill Frist for the Democrats but this could legimately bring him down.

What I'm getting at is the culture of corruption that runs through Washington and has for years. This may be the biggest scandal in a long time if it really hits the fan and it might with Abramoff being broke and facing major jail time as well as hefty fines and lord knows what else. While it's time to clean up the corruption and while it might be nice to see some of these bastards finally get what they deserve, it's not going to solve the problem. There cages be rattled for a little while but who knows. What can we do?


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