November 12, 2007

Too much corporate influence in government? Nah, that's a liberal fantasy.

On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. "I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie," Kott said. "Exxon's happy. BP's happy. I'll sell my soul to the devil."

After that guy's prison sentence is over, we should give him a medal for giving us a small glimpse into Bush's America. (even though he didn't realize he was being taped.)

Republicans in Alaska got some 'slainin to do.


At 11/23/2007 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a bigger fool than I thought if you believe that this issue/ corruption of our government is limited to one party.

Corporate influence and Union influence - neither of which cares about much other than their own survival and their own bottom-line - is a major issue with both parties, equally.

At 11/24/2007 1:44 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sorry, but anyone who believes that corporate influence and corruption is anywhere close to union influence and corruption is simply out of touch with reality.

The sheer scale of corporate money compared to unions is enough to show that plainly.

And as to your contention that both parties just happen to be exactly equal on these scores, again, anyone paying attention would plainly know that the Republicans have a wide edge on corruption at all levels.

Face it, the fact that they've run amok with power for the last few decades and have been in the position to let greed and the desire for power corrupt them is fact enough to show this is true.

Add to that the fact that any objective look at the news of the day shows that far more Republicans are revealed to be corrupt and worse, recently almost on a daily basis. And this is from one of the most secretive administrations in history, with a docile press that is nowhere near it's former ability to dig into and investigate corruption.

In other words, what comes out is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the corruption during Republican rule. Expect more to come out in the years to come as folks involved who saw it close up and who can't live with their consciences reveal the depths of the criminality and greed in years to come.

Scott McClelan's book is only the most recent example.

I can only think of one blatant example of Democratic corruption off the top of my head, and that's the case of that Jefferson guy with the $90 grand in his freezer.

But I could easily cite dozens of cases of blatant corruption, cover-up, and criminality from Republican figures.

At 11/26/2007 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Dope, once again you prove to me that you are as big a fool as I thought.

A guy writes a slanted book about (Republican) corruption and you think that it's all one-sided!

Come on, Clinton pardoned Martin Rich, amung hundreds of others, and you think that the fact that a tax-cheat (in the hundred-million range) paid off the President (filtered through his Library) is not corruption?

Have you seen the Haliburton ties to the Clinton Administration? They are as deep as the Bush Administration (actually deeper)...whose plane do you think that Ron Brown was on when he died (Halliburton)?

It's both parties you fool, it's just that the Dem's add Union corruption to their corporate influence, while the Republicans are happy with just Corporate influence.

At 11/27/2007 3:50 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sorry there Bozo, but I'm not quite ready to try on your tin-foil hat just yet.

If you want to indulge your Clinton fantasys, go right ahead. I'm sure you're still grieving that the Weekly World News went out of business, but try to keep your chin up.

Anyone who is weak-minded enough and just plain gullible enough to have swallowed any of the tall tales peddled about Clinton and pals deserves to make a fool out of themselves, and you do it with flair, I must say.

You bring up a pardon. Wow. You want to talk pardons? How about Bush breaking every precedent in the book by pardoning a guy before his case was even settled?

And of course you're too ignorant to realize it, but just who do you suppose was Marc Rich's lawyer, the one who worked long and hard and probably earned a 6 figure fee for getting Rich the pardon you have your panties in a knot over?

I'll give you a hint.

It rhymes with Pooter Wibby.

Shows how much you know.

And no, I haven't seen the supposed Halliburton ties to the Clintons. Please be so kind as to steer me to where this is explained. I'm sure it's from a very reputable source. (cough)

Somehow I don't think anything the Clinton's did could come close to having the damned Vice President being it's former CEO. But go ahead, show me this damning evidence you spout. (give me the address to a website) I can't wait.

Another thing you're reptilian brain doesn't quite comprehend is that I'm not arguing that there was ZERO questionable dealings in the entire Clinton administration for their 8 years in office.

But what I AM saying is that it's a tiny fraction of the greed, hypocrisy, outright lying, corruption, perversion, theft, and other mendatious and corrupt practices of nearly this entire administration. Period.

Face it, even though it's early, historians have already weighed in, and routinely rank the Clinton adminstration near the top of successful administrations, while there are many who've already asserted that the Bush crime spree will go down as quite possibly the most disasterous and corrupt in American history. That's saying something.

Yet here you are, like a mindless lemming, still trying to preserve your need to idolize authority and pretend that they're not a bunch of lying crooks.

It's embarassing.

So you think the Clinton's had Ron Brown and all those other people killed, eh? Think they somehow sabotaged the plane? Killed everyone on board?

Do you even have any idea why they'd even WANT to do that? Probably not.

And if you'll believe that, you'll surely believe that Bush was behind the attacks on 9-11. There's more evidence of that than there is that the Brown plane crash was anything but an accident.

I see that Richard Scaiffe, the billionaire nut-job who spent literally tens of millions of his own money creating the "Arkansas Project" which hired an army of writers and investigators to literally dig up every crack-pot with an ax to grind against the Clintons and PAY them, then help them embellish their stories, looks like at least he got his money's worth with you.

Too bad he came up empty handed as far as rational people go. What a shame. Not one single loony charge ever stuck to anyone.

And the 80 million bucks of your money that Kenny Starr spent on a fishing expedition that literally looked though Hillary's underwear drawer before it was over? Perhaps you could tell me just what convictions came from that massive effort involving the resources of an army of expensive attorney's and staff and FBI agents?

I'm all ears.

To my knowledge, the only person who was actually convicted of anything during the entire insane witch hunt was some guy from the southwest, a cabinet member, who got busted for accepting free tickets to a football game.

That's IT!

Now tell me again how the Clinton administration is more corrupt than this gang of thugs?

Keep trying. It's amusing.

At 11/27/2007 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry Dope - you are right. You are ALWAYS right.

Of course, how foolish of me.

Corporations know that their money would NEVER be able to influence those purer-than-the-fallen-snow Democrats.

How utterly foolish of me to think otherwise. Of course, the only influence that corporations have is over those greedy, mean-spirited, hate-filled republicans.

How dare I think that corporate money could influence a Democrat!

Again, as ALWAYS, you are right.

At 11/28/2007 1:57 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yes, I'm right on this. Unfortunately, you simply can't write a comment without making up what you THINK that I think, then mocking that, rather than anything I actually write. So sad.

Of course, I didn't say anything remotely like anything you write in your comment above, but oh well.


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