The race is on to ge the votes to pass reconciliation. Let the arm twisting and bribery begin.
Not only do we need to remember that the Senate bill includes the 'Louisiana Purchase' and the 'Cornhusker Kickback', but that they will be adding to it, as well.
I'm sure there will be plenty of arms twisted, if push comes to shove, but the preferred method these days
is 'sweeteners' - you and I would call them bribes. And you know what? Since we're footing the bill, we get to name it. It't time to start calling things what they are, so 'bribery' it is.
The first one to pop up is quite a doozy.
Congressman Jim Matheson's (D-UT) brother has just been nominated for a federal judgeship. What a coincidence. I don't know what's worse - the obvious vote buying going on, or the country's blase attitude about it. The sad part is, the brother is probably a good judicial candidate, but now he may be sullied by the whole affair and may end up paying a career price as well.
It will be interesting to see what else is being bartered and how successful those graft attempts are once the sun shines in.
This whole situation is, at best, an embarrassment - they are behaving like some third world country. I'm waiting for someone to throw a chair, followed by a mass brawl. At worst, this is highly unethical. Not that that means much of anything anymore.
Hopefully this will be the only post about outright bribery, but the pattern of ethics that has been established so far by this Congress points in the other direction.
So what do you think the odds are that this story will get picked up by the neo-pravda media?