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Nancy Pelocchio’s Swamp | July 29, 2010

“‘Drain the swamp’ means to turn this Congress into the most honest and open Congress in history. That’s my pledge — that is what I intend to do,” Democrat Speaker Elect Nancy Pelosi told NBC’s Brian Williams on 11/08/2006, the day after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, while Bush would serve his last two years as president.

On 07/22/2010, the Swamp Creature from the Bleak Lagoon, Democrat Congressman Charles Rangel was charged with violations of House ethics rules after an investigation, stemming from allegations of misuse of rent-controlled New York apartments (4!), failing to report taxable rents on a villa in the Dominican Republic (for 8 years!) and an exchange of official favors for an oil drilling company (doesn’t Rangel know that Democrats don’t “do oil”?).  Rangel, a close friend and ally of Nancy “Drain the Swamp” Pelosi, was in negotiations to “settle” these ethics allegations.  How does one negotiate “ethics”?

The Swamp Creature Rangel & Pelocchio Mutual Admiration Society

Rangel is also the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee which  is the chief tax-writing committee, and he claims that he was confused about the tax code?  Imagine the confusion for the rest of the rank-and-file American taxpayer — who would face stiff fines and possible jailtime — if similiarly “confused.”

The next creature from the lagoon and probably, the best poster child of the Peter Principle is Democrat Congressman Barney Frank, who 20 years ago was reprimanded by the House for ethics violation involving  his male lover running a house of ill repute from his home — among other salacious accusations (and unnecessary details). 

In 2003 — 13 years after that and still in the House of Representatives — Frank was rewarded by his fellow Democrats and found himself the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee where he opposed a Bush administration proposal to increase oversight and additional rules and regulations on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, institutions that contributed heavily to Frank’s campaigns, declaring that they were fundamentally sound. 

When the subprime mess in large part caused by political pressure on lending institutions to loan to unqualified borrowers, the system collapsed — but not the career of Barney Frank.  Obama recently credited him (as well as fellow Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd) as the architect of the recently passed financial reform bill!   Congratulations Mr. Barney Fox for redesigning the chicken coop!

Turning to the “open” part of Pelosi’s declaration of making Congress “the most honest and open Congress in history,” and in keeping with a campaign promise made by President Urkel Obama to make all legislation available to the public for review prior to passage, Queen Pelocchio pontificated that, “We Have to Pass the [Healthcare] Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It.”  (Marie Antoinette:  “Let them eat cake.”  Nancy Pelosi:  “Let them read bills — AFTER we pass them…”) 

Nancy “Drain the swamp” Pelosi — instead of draining the swamp in Washington, D.C. — has turned the entire country into a swamp.

Sources:  Pelosi & Williams Interview,  http://msnbc.msn.com/id/15627215/

Rangel Allegations, http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0722/Charles-Rangel-charged-with-ethics-violations-How-bad-for-Democrats

“Rangel in Talks on Settlement of Ethics Cases,” NYTimes, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/24/nyregion/24rangel.html?_r=1

Obama’s Model Unemployed, http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/99497354.html

Barney Frank (Ethics Violations), http://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/27/us/house-408-to-18-reprimands-rep-frank-for-ethics-violations.html

Barney Frank Biography, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Frank

Pelosi “We have to pass the bill…”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-05TLiiLU


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