Just how deep does Republican corruption run?

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter eviscerates what he calls Tom DeLay's "House of Shame":

"Never before has the leadership of the House been hijacked by a small band of extremists bent on building a ruthless shakedown machine, lining the pockets of their richest constituents and rolling back popular protections for ordinary people. These folks borrow like banana republics and spend like Tip O'Neill on speed.

"I have no idea if DeLay has technically broken the law. What interests me is how this moderate, evenly divided nation came to be ruled on at least one side of Capitol Hill by a zealot. This is a man who calls the Environmental Protection Agency 'the Gestapo of government' and favors repealing the Clean Air Act because 'it's never been proven that air toxins are hazardous to people'; who insists repeatedly that judges on the other side of issues 'need to be intimidated' and rejects the idea of a separation of church and state; who claims there are no parents trying to raise families on the minimum wage--that 'fortunately, such families do not exist' (at least Newt Gingrich was intrigued by the challenges of poverty); who once said: 'A woman can't take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure.' I could go on all day. Congress has always had its share of extremists. But the DeLay era is the first time the fringe has ever been in charge."

Extremists? Fringe? Very rough stuff. Alter adds, for good measure, that this is the most corrupt House in history.

Also, another article on DeLay's influence in today's paper.
DeLay Inc.
Hi chica,
I don't think that all republicans should be bunch up together and labeled bad or corrupted. Their core believes are good.
Tell me more about this Tom Delay guy, what has he done, I haven't read the news lately. Thanks.
forget it, I'm reading the article you link.... he looks kind out creepy.
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Newsweek's Jonathan Alter eviscerates what he calls Tom DeLay's "House of Shame":

"Never before has the leadership of the House been hijacked by a small band of extremists bent on building a ruthless shakedown machine, lining the pockets of their richest constituents and rolling back popular protections for ordinary people. These folks borrow like banana republics and spend like Tip O'Neill on speed.

"I have no idea if DeLay has technically broken the law. What interests me is how this moderate, evenly divided nation came to be ruled on at least one side of Capitol Hill by a zealot. This is a man who calls the Environmental Protection Agency 'the Gestapo of government' and favors repealing the Clean Air Act because 'it's never been proven that air toxins are hazardous to people'; who insists repeatedly that judges on the other side of issues 'need to be intimidated' and rejects the idea of a separation of church and state; who claims there are no parents trying to raise families on the minimum wage--that 'fortunately, such families do not exist' (at least Newt Gingrich was intrigued by the challenges of poverty); who once said: 'A woman can't take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure.' I could go on all day. Congress has always had its share of extremists. But the DeLay era is the first time the fringe has ever been in charge."

Extremists? Fringe? Very rough stuff. Alter adds, for good measure, that this is the most corrupt House in history.

Also, another article on DeLay's influence in today's paper.
DeLay Inc.
Originally Posted by LaVidaCurly
The inmates are running the asylum.
Not to mention his ties to Abramoff. Abramoff is the one who stole millions from the Native American trust. Because Abramoff is in a boat load of trouble right now it looks like he is cooperating with authorites and providing information on DeLay. DeLay is by far the bigger fish. Who knows they both could get off but at least someone is doing their job and at least trying to get these scum bags.

DeLay even rezoned the congressional districts in Texas in order to get more republican seats and a majority in congress. It worked. These people are more organized than the democrats that's for sure.
There was somebody else in charge of procurement, he worked with Abramoff (sp) -- he was led away in handcuffs. He probably made bail.
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Right. With corruption at this level, all these arrests amount to a hand smack as far as I'm concerned.

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