Thursday, October 12, 2006

Gift Horse? For Me? Let's Check the Mouth...

The Dems have been practically handed the November elections by the Republicans. But of course they have to show that scandals aren't restricted to the GOP.

First we have voter registration fraud in the form of registering underage voters and dead voters by the ACORN Group.
St. Louis Election Board officials say they've discovered at least 1,492 "potentially fraudulent" voter registration cards - including three from dead people and one from a 16-year-old - among the thousands pouring in before today's voter registration deadline for the Nov. 7 election.

City Republican elections director Scott Leiendecker said the board's staff expects to find even more bogus voter-registration applications among the thousands remaining to be processed. The board plans to turn all the questionable cards over to city Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce for investigation and possible prosecution, said board chairman Kimberley Mathis.
Not only that, but it also seems that the ACORN Group was instructing its workers to encourage people to vote for a Democratic candidate while registering voters. This is a violation of federal election laws.
Several former and current workers demonstrated today in front of the St. Louis office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) demanding to be paid for work they had performed and alleging that they were instructed to tell people to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill while registering voters in support of the proposed minimum wage increase.

Ten-year ACORN veteran Josephine Perkins claims she was fired last week, in part because she informed the teams she supervised that it was inappropriate and illegal for them to campaign for McCaskill while being paid by ACORN and Give Missourians a Raise, the political action committee which supports Proposition B and, according to campaign finance reports, has given money to ACORN to circulate its literature.
Well, it is only St. Louis and may not affect the Dems nation-wide. And it probably wouldn't.

Enter Harry Reid, senior senator from Nevada. It appears that knowing Sen Reid will make you money. Lots of money. (via Flopping Aces). What I find doubly ironic is that he is vice chairman of the Ethics committee. I think it was the Daily Show that said that committee appointments in the Senate are based on the Senator's greatest weakness.
Now I know a sex scandal is easier to wrap your heads around then a financial one, and a more sexy scandal to gossip about, but this is a easy one. Basically Reid buys some residentially zoned land, he transfers it to an LLC corporation for no profit, but a share of the LLC. Then, the LLC applies to rezone that land to a commercial zone but they are denied. They appeal it and during that appeal Reid’s partner mentions Reids name and bam….the land is rezoned. The LLC then sells the land for a 1.2 million profit. Harry gets a profit and fails to notify the Senate.
Be sure to look at the PDFs Flopping Aces has linked. Also check out the round-up at The New Editor.

Now, I'm fairly sure that this will not eclipse the Foley scandal. But just barely. But of course there are still some weeks left before the election. I've noticed that if you give Dems enough rope and some time, they manage not only to strangle themselves, but everyone else in their vicinity.

This just goes to show that scandal is not limited to one party or the other. Not even sex scandals. What it does show is that we have power-mad, corrupt people serving as representatives and senators in our government. Some of this is to be expected. But it appears that these... people... are becoming more and more brazen.

Until some viable alternative to the Republicans and Democrats appear, we're going to be stuck with these goons for some time.