Aug 31, 2010 Political
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas has been caught doling out scholarships to her family members and to the children of one of her aides. She did this in violation of the rules governing the scholarships which are paid for through the Congressional Black Caucus. Among the rules are specific prohibitions on awarding scholarships to family members and to people related to anyone associated with the scholarship program. Those awarded must live or study in the district of the member of Congress or in a district of another member of the CBC. I assume white children are eligible though I wonder how many actually get the awards. I also wonder how it would be received if there was a scholarship program that was open only to people in the districts of Tea Party Caucus members…
Anyway, Johnson is in hot water. In my opinion she should be prosecuted and she should be investigated by the Ethics Committee. Her responses to the discovery of her illegal activities have been underwhelming and have highlighted her arrogance. Johnson has stated that names came across her desk and that she was not directly involved and all kinds of things but then we see this statement and wonder what planet she is on:
Last week, Johnson initially defended her scholarship choices, then acknowledged violating the scholarship rules, though she said she did so “unknowingly.” She also said that all qualified applicants have gotten a share of scholarship funds each year, and that she might not have picked relatives had there been more qualified applicants. Dallas News
How could she have violated the rules unknowingly when the rules say that no family member is eligible? She had to know that the people involved were related to her because they were her grandsons. In addition, she admitted that she knew in her last sentence. She said she would not have awarded the scholarships to family members if there had been more qualified candidates. Therefore, she knew they were her family.
Also, and here is where she shows her true stupidity, her family members were NOT qualified. Therefore, any other applicant (who met the standards) was MORE qualified. She does not seem to understand this little piece of logic so let us spell it out one more time. Her family members were NOT qualified so all other applicants (who met the standards) were MORE qualified and her argument is only a fabrication to cover her rear end.
If she claims ignorance then not only should she be prosecuted for the scholarship fraud, she should also be removed from office for gross incompetence.
Johnson says she will pay back the money for the scholarships by the end of the week. I am unsure which ones she means but if she is going to pay for all of them it will cost quite a bit of money.
I would also like to point out that the application for the scholarship asks applicants if they are related to anyone associated with the program. The people who investigate this might want to look at the applications and see how those questions were addressed. There might be fraud coming from more than one direction.
Maybe they can all get a family cell at the iron bar hotel…
Never surrender, never submit.
Aug 30, 2010 Political
The Far Side had a cartoon some years ago where a door to the school for the gifted had a sign that read “Pull” and a supposedly gifted kid pushing (here). Interestingly, we have some very gifted people occupying the White House. They just passed through a rainy New Orleans on their way home from their 8th vacation this year and Barry and Michelle had a few problems.
Two things are troubling about the above picture. One is that Michelle is ducking as if she is tall enough to hit the top rail that is the focus of troubling thing number two. Barack Obama, the smartest POTUS evah, is holding the umbrella in such a fashion that he cannot get through the gate. Obama does not appear to be lowering the umbrella acting instead as if he can get it to pass through the metal crossbar. Well, they say he can walk on water…
Environmentally Friendly Rally Attendees
The Restoring Honor Rally was Saturday. The people who attended that rally, the ones who were raised to take care of themselves and to respect the property of others, left no mess. They picked up their trash and left the place clean. This is a stark contrast to the Obama inauguration where those who believe in dependence on government and cradle to grave care left tons of trash lying about for someone else to clean up. This also begs the question about which group actually cares more about the environment.
I read that some lib websites were claiming the group cleaned up to deprive parks employees from getting work. Don’t they have jobs to do whether or not there is trash to pick up?
Not So Smart Congresswoman
Eddie Bernice Johnson is in a bit of hot water. She used money allocated to the black caucus to award scholarships to children in her family and to children of a top aide. This was not allowed according to the guidelines for awarding the money. The awards are invalid and the rules state the money must be repaid.
Johnson claims she did not do this deliberately and that names come across her desk and that others handle this blah, blah. Her two grandchildren were recipients and it is unlikely their names came across her desk and she did not recognize them. She was aware of the rules and should have investigated further (maybe it was kids with the same names). She did not do what she was supposed to and I find it very unlikely that she made a mistake.
I believe she is in a safe Congressional District that was drawn up to favor her party and she felt safe in an environment where the word racist flies as soon as someone has an issue with a black politician. She was using funds to help her family and the children of her aide.
This is wrong and should be fully investigated.
Already Enough Boobs In Politics
A Venezuelan politician is holding a raffle to raise campaign cash. He is raffling off a set of breast implants in order to raise money for his campaign. I wonder if he is running for an official office or a titular position…
I hope it does not come down to this in America. Our political system already has way too many boobs in it…
Never surrender, never submit.