Saturday, October 21, 2006

The 10 Worst In Congress

Thank you Rolling Stone. Nine Republicans and one Democrat. The Democrat, Bill Jefferson (LA-2), appears to be a greedy crook, but the nine Republicans surrounding him have higher aspirations than a freezer full of cash. Most of them want to make sure that the Constitution is trashed, while they rake in millions in graft and kick-backs.

Here is the Congressional Hall of Shame:

1) Denny Hastert (R-Ill.):

“Most of us aren’t speaker of the House, and most of us don’t have a $200 million earmark running through our back yard. Hastert does, and he made a fortune from it.”

2) James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.)

“He treats us all equally,” says Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.). “He treats us all like dogs.”

3) Don Young (R.-Alaska)

When Sen. John McCain proposed that Young redirect his prized pork money to help rebuild New Orleans, Young accused his detractors of “ignorance and stupidity.” The victims of Katrina, he suggested, “can kiss my ear!

4) “Dollar” Bill Jefferson (D-La.)

Despite his unethical behavior, Jefferson is cruising to re-election. “In Louisiana, they have a long tradition of corruption — a Huey Long tradition.”

5) Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)

Even Brent Wilkes — the defense contractor whose payoffs sent Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to prison earlier this year — has complained about Lewis’ shakedown operation.

6) Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)

“He’s got the best track record in Congress,” raves Gordon Baum, head of the Council for Conservative Citizens, a “pro-white” group that lauds Tancredo for protecting America from a “full-scale invasion” of Latin immigrants.

7) Dick Pombo (R-Calif.)

“Dick Pombo is the most dangerous member of the House,” says Carl Pope of the Sierra Club. “There’s no one who represents the threat to our public lands that he does.”

8) Curt Weldon (R-Penn.)

“Curt Weldon has outlived his usefulness to the country,” says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “He’s seeing ghosts and conspiracies.”

9) Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.)

He has placed the interests of his own district ahead of defending the nation from Al Qaeda, prompting even the archconservative National Review to call him a “congressional disgrace.

10) Marilyn Musgrave (R.-Colo.)

“She doesn’t like the idea of one gay person,” says Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts. “So obviously the idea of two of us hanging out makes her very unhappy.”

Time to toss this crew of corrupt crooks out.