Federal officials say the Congressional bribery investigation now includes Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, based on information from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.
“I have been racking my brain all day and calling people, wanting to know what could be the other side of the story for a congressman having $90,000 of cash in his freezer. And the collective wisdom of my friends have not been able to come up with anything. But if he can come up with a reason for this, I’m waiting here, man. I want to hear it, because I can’t think of it.”
— Democratic strategist James Carville
To say they all do, that both parties are culpable, misses the point. This isn’t about political parties. It’s a class thing. An elite monied class is entrenched in D.C. They make sure the money goes to them. When they leave office they get cushy positions with lobbyists, think tanks or big corporations. Despite the sometimes quite real differences between the two parties, they are united in protecting their class and interests against those of the rest of us.
However, sometimes they get so bloated and corrupt that they can’t hide it anymore. That’s what’s happening now.