Congressman with hand all the way in the cookie jar

From Washington Post – Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) resigned from Congress yesterday after tearfully confessing to evading taxes and conspiring to pocket $2.4 million in bribes, including a Rolls-Royce, a yacht and a 19th-century Louis-Philippe commode.

The decorated Vietnam War-era fighter pilot, 63, entered his guilty plea at a federal courthouse in San Diego and then choked up as he proclaimed: “In my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame.”
So, what is this guy ashamed of? Did he not know what he was doing was wrong? Did he think that he was so smart that he would never get caught? I don’t get it. If you sell your house for $750,000 more that it is worth you didn’t think that someone would notice? In California, southern California no less, he could have easily sold his house for $50,000 – $100,000 more than it was worth and no one would have been the wiser. Houses commonly spring up in value like that in California. But that wasn’t enough money for him. If you were rollin’ a Chevy Malibu one day and the next you’re rollin’ the Rolls, I’m thinkin’ folks are going to ask questions.

I’m not saying that all Republicans are crooks but there seems to be a list of Republicans walking into the courthouse these days. It wasn’t that long ago Newt stood on the Capitol steps and proclaimed a Contract with¬†America. The Republicans were going to be the moron…oops, I meant to type, moral …yes, moral party.

The contract said, “This year’s election offers the chance, after four decades of one-party control, to bring to the House a new majority that will transform the way Congress works. That historic change would be the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money. It can be the beginning of a Congress that respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.”

I guess that contract expired a couple of years ago.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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