Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What do you have to do to get fired from Congress?

Chuck Rangel was just found guilty on 12 of 13 ethics violations.
12 out of 13 will get you into the Hall of Fame.
12 out of 13 is a solid A to A- (depending on the teacher)
12 out of 13 is the actual dozen in a baker's dozen (it turns out they're just bad at math)

So what happens to a Congressman who is guilty on 12 out of 13 charges? 
He's getting a strongly written letter sent to him.
yup - that's what they do

He illegally received properties
He didn't pay taxes on properties that (we think) he bought legally.
He took money from businesses that appeared before his committee.
He impersonated the mayor of Whoville

This is what you used to get when you're late with a phone bill.
This is what you get when you play Varsity football.
This is what you used to send to someone when you were in love.
This is not what should happen to someone who was found innocent on only 1 out of 13 possible ethics violations.

Paul Sr. would punch Paul Jr. in the throat for something like this.
You'd lose a paper route, a busboy job, a manager of an Urban Active position...
I'm fairly certain that Amway wouldn't even let you sell their soap if you broke 12 out of 13 rules.
But you can come to work for the United States Governmetn fella.
just be prepared to receive a strong talking to if you break out laws...
not in person or anything...but it'll be in the mail...you can bet your bottom dollar on that fella...


  1. Is this one of those times when we should all be encouraged to send letters to our congressmen? Cause apparently letters are the "in" thing, that's the feeling I'm getting from your post! :-)

  2. Christopher Day1:41 PM

    Unbelievable. Gotta love politicians. I hear you can even admit to torturing alleged criminals with waterboarding (which the U.S. actually hanged Japanese soldiers for doing back in 1947) and admit to invading the wrong country because someone slipped you some bad info. For those things you don't even get a nasty letter. You get the #1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list AND Secret Service protection for life. In the words of Yakov Smirnoff, "What a country!"

  3. Christopher,
    Are you saying W admitted to torturing people?
    And didn't Congress (both sides of the aisle) vote to invade Iraq?
    I don't think they wrote a book that's on the best seller list. The cover would be way too small to put all those names.

    Even a really big book...if you think about it.

  4. Christopher Day9:17 AM

    Someone hasn't read the book yet! Don't worry, I won't tell G Dubs. Yes, he not only admitted to allowing but also ordering waterboarding. Amnesty International wants him prosecuted in fact: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A957O20101110 But maybe you don't consider the simulation of drowning on people that haven't been charged with a crime as torture. Then no, he didn't admit to torturing people.

    And yes Congress voted as a whole to invade Iraq. But I didn't have enough room to blame them all. The buck must stop somewhere. And at my company it stops at the top.

    Honestly, I just thought we were pointing out certain individuals to throw stones at. Like Charlie Rangel. I mean, I'm sure we could find LOTS of ethics violators in Washington. I only brought up Bush because I was trying to keep things fair and balanced. You know, like Fox News.