Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Politicians KNOW they don't have to clean up politics because 1 side will always point to the other side and say they are dirtier, even though both sides are dirtier then hell.
"The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize."~F.D.R.
"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other."~Mark Twain
95% of incumbents were re-elected in 2014.
The strong innuendo in the story is that Hastert sexually assaulted or had illicit sexual relations with a student under his care while a teacher and coach earlier in life. In order to make their case, seems the feds will have to get this individual to testify against Hastert. It seems likely that this individual hasn't reported the Hastert payments as income and paid taxes on them and perhaps the investigation started at that source trying to determine where and how this individual got the money.
Bottom line, Hastert appears to have stupidly believed he could hide and cover up his past misdeeds. He's going to be out the money, potentially serving time, and having his secret exposed for all to see. Simply having a lawyer work up a confidential agreement between himself and this other party would have been the best route.
Seems to me, the only reason he wouldn't have done so is because the misconduct was homosexual in nature. It's a pity that in this day and age many gay or bisexual men are still so consumed by a sense of personal guilt around their sexuality that they will do such stupid things.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
seems to me this should be an easy case for him to win, as a influential, wealthy person
all he must do to prove he told the authorities no lies is to have about $1.6 million in cash to show the judge that what he said was true. that he kept the money - ostensibly, because he did not trust the banking system. thus, no lie will have been expressed to the government