Saturday, June 5, 2010

political complaints (they are sadly too easy)

this is why politicians, especially old ingrained politicians, scare me


and sometimes leave me speechless... it is not just republicans, though the old republicans do say some of the scariest things and seem to have their heads somewhere so out of touch with actual life that, well, of course the planet will recover, and if humans continue, the planet will make humans extict just like the dinosaurs and every other species that lost touch with natural life and the planet...

that's not a disaster, right, human extinction?...

not for the planet.

further readings:

many colors of the gulf of mexico
don young on the gulf oil spill

who is Don Young, Rep. Alaska?...

When John McCain asked Young to give up money earmarked for Alaska to help the rebuilding effort from Hurricane Katrina, Young replied that Katrina victims "can kiss my ear!"

not just insensitive and out of touch, but criminal...

invest $40,000 in a politician, get $10,000,000 plus in return


The investor was reportedly Daniel Aronoff, son of Arnold Aronoff, who, in 1979, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to sell Florida swampland at an inflated price. His son found another way, politics as usual, to attempt to increase the value of his Florida swampland by buying a politician.

"It's very possible people ought to go to jail," said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees highway funding.

coconut road

coconut road on abc news
coconut road on cbs news

The worst part of this was that the congressional bill earmarking the ten million dollars did not include this appropriation when it passed the congress and senate. The bill was changed by the Alaskan Representative between the floor of congress and the signing by President Bush. Congress and the Senate never voted to approve the money, Young slipped it in secretly. Does that make President Bush a criminal for signing in the conspiracy to defraud the taxpayers?

what happened after the 2008 call for a federal investigation?

The language requiring the Coconut Road investigation is clear: "Consistent with applicable standards and procedures, the Department of Justice shall review allegations of impropriety regarding item 462 in section 1934(c) of Public Law 109-59 to ascertain if a violation of Federal criminal law has occurred."

republican senator calls for investigation Tom Coburn, Rep, OK
democratic senator calls for investigation

other controversies

Young served on the following congressional committees:

Committee on Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

think progress
don young's voting record from sourcewatch
crew's most corrupt (citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington)
washington post vote database
new york times - does young know what he's voting "no" against?
don young on wikipedia

and on an unrelated political complaint:

when ideology gets in the way of common sense:
let the living suffer to save the unborn?

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