"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Either way, Pelosi and the whitehouse gang are "too important to incarcerate" no matter how many inside deals they make, and no matter how corrupt they are.
If this is coming out I can imagine how much still remains hidden.
1) This issue is older than it seems.
2) Pelosi isn't the only one doing it.
3) Republicans and Democrats both have been doing it.
So I would argue that saying Pelosi is against any reform now is just as thinly-veiled partisanship as saying that Prescott Bush was against any reform 50 years ago.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
Ok, after mulling this over for a couple days, and considering points made here and on a couple talk radio shows I listen to, I have changed my mind. It would be best for Congresspeople to divest themselves entirely of any stock holding in order to serve in office.
Hey, that didn't hurt nearly as bad as I thought it would.
It doesn't take a real genius to figure out something hinky is going one. A simple look at income of all Congressmen and Senators should of given off clues a long, long time ago. They take the job, after one term (in the house) and their income shoots up to over $500K a year and over $1 million a year after the second term. Senators reach the $1 million mark in their first term. Look at Obama as an example, never held a non-political job, but after 1 term in the Senate, his income was near $2 million a year. This from starting salaries of $174 k/year (source: US Congress Salaries and Benefits – Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members). I use Obama as example, not to be partisan but because he is an example of someone who had nothing prior to politics and we have access to information on what he has now. Either they are using insider information or they have the most successful fund managers in history. It would be really nice to have their fund manager if they are not doing something like using inside information.
The fact that 60 minutes, one of the most left leaning news sources, actually called out Pelosi, one of their own, is a strong indicator that this far more common than most of us know. This is also a strong indicator that it is not party limited. If it had only been Republicans doing it, 60 Minutes would of been hounding them for years. Apparently, someone in the left has decided to start dumping the negativity for the party onto Pelosi and let her hang for everything instead of it splashing back on BO or the rest of the party. She actually makes a good lightning rod for the Democrats, short of an actual criminal conviction, her re-election is pretty much guaranteed in her district. Even if she retires or steps aside, that district is only going to go one way.