Judicial Watch has released its “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for 2011.” Charlie Rangel didn’t make the list, but he is one of the Dishonorable Mentions, as is Newt Gingrich. I’m a bit stunned by Newt’s name there, and right out of the box is his bogus House Ethics censure. The charges were dropped against Gingrich. It was all a political set-up, objecting to a college course where Gingrich said:
â€œAmerican civilization cannot survive with 12-year-olds having babies, 15-year-olds shooting one another, 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, and 18-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read,â€
Oh the horror of such speech. Democrats deeply believe that food stamps are the best thing since sliced bread – for you and yours, not for them or theirs. To make that happen, we have had years of denyingÂ Republicans access to America’s young minds in the school room. Today we just show the 12-year-olds how to put a condom on a cucumber and move on.
Back then,Â Congressman John Lewis claimed Gingrich had committed “massive tax fraud. Â The final rub was that Gingrich took a book advance, just as Hillary Clinton did and countless others, no doubt. What did the IRS say about Gingrich’s study course:
Theâ€¦course taught principles from American civilization that could be used by each American in everyday life whether the person is a welfare recipient, the head of a large corporation, or a politician.â€
â€œâ€¦was not biased toward particular politicians or a particular political party.â€
â€œThe facts show the class was much than a political platform.â€
After a 3-1/2 year investigation and Gingrich is absolved of all wrong doing, yet this charge ends up as the first item on Judicial Watch’s Dishonorable claim.
To be fair, Judicial Watch also lists his work for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and characterizes it as “throwing his weight around.” So be it. I don’t have all the details, and have no idea how he was paid, but I think a charge of being a “Washington insider” is in the eye of the beholder. How you want to see it, you will see it. Romney would have been in the Senate likely for years and years if he had won Ted Kennedy’s seat. He didn’t, so he went on to govern one of the bluest states, and in doing so, did Conservatives no good at all. We will see that, as he faces the Obama barrage on health care.
At the least, Gingrich provided a path to conservatism during his time in Congress. He proved that balanced budgets work, and if we are going to smear him for being a lobbyist (and I don’t know that he was) the least we do is admit that lobbying is legal, and when a lobbyist is working for your side, you like it. Wouldn’t it be great to have effective lobbyists for truth in teaching?
Aside from that little rant, I have no complaints with the list, except that it isn’t long enough, and some among the “Dishonorables,” deserve a spot on the “Most Corrupt,” like Nancy Pelosi who is at the core of most of the debt and agony in this country today.
Grumpy Opinions suggests a few names that maybe were or were not under consideration.Â Visit Judicial Watch here and vote for your pick for the Most Corrupt, and remember that the list is in alphabetical order.Â Full disclosure: I did NOT vote for Barack Obama as most corrupt, because he cannot do half of what he has done without the DOJ backing him.