Wednesday, February 22, 2006

New Report: America For Sale

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) just released a new report called America For Sale: The Cost of Republican Corruption (pdf). It's 118 pages of meticulously researched examples of how money in politics corruption costs you every day of the week in higher gas prices, higher prescription drug prices, higher interest rates on student loans, and so on.

The length makes it a weighty report to read (I would have broken it down into volumes, myself), but it pulls no punches.

There is a cost to the corruption DeLay and Co. have perpetrated upon us. It impacts our wallets, our economic health, our environment and public health, our security, and, importantly, our trust in all of our public servants, be they Democrats, Republicans, or have some other affiliation. The GOP Congressional leadership and the White House ought to be held accountable for all the examples outlined in Rep. Slaughter's report and for lowering our collective expectations of political leaders. They have damaged public trust in Congress as an institution and they ought to pay a price.

Our work over the next nine months will be to educate voters about who is at fault.

The legacy of the cost of corruption is real and it can be measured in dollars, lives, and dashed dreams.


  • I agree, but you may want to change your spelling of "educate" at the end of the post

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 PM  

  • I really appreciate your postings- we need more from you. What is happening in the primary race, and what is the possibility for Nick to win?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:38 PM  

  • Thanks for the spelling correction. It's always bad to spell "educate" incorrectly.

    And on the second posting -- thanks for suggestion. In the next day or so we'll do a check in on where things stand. Most things I hear is that DeLay will hold on through the primary but it will be closer than anyone thinks. Campbell made an interesting move today with challenging DeLay to come clean on Abramoff, but unless he has the ability to have residents bird-dog DeLay for the next three weeks, it's a one-day story. It's hard to get a read on Lampson's campaign. They're just raising money as far as I can tell, but it's been a while since I've checked in with activists in the district. But more later.


    By Blogger David Donnelly, at 9:44 PM  

  • Going to be interesting when Delay's trial begins.....

    And when new indictments are filed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:46 AM  

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