"The Senate majority leader said yesterday that Democrats would block former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson from becoming attorney general, kicking off a spirited nomination debate even before the White House has named a candidate."
"'Ted Olson will not be confirmed,' Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement. 'I intend to do everything I can to prevent him from being confirmed as the next attorney general.'"
After attempting to smear the Republican Administration using the sound bite phrase "culture of corruption," Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seemed to abandon that approach when numerous stories of his alleged involvement in questionable deals were raised by the opposition.
Which makes me question why Reid would now turn against this superb candidate for attorney general? Could it because he fears that a competent, incorruptible attorney general may prosecute him and some of his dirtier democrat friends for misdeeds which managed to slide under the prosecutorial radar?
"Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid hung up the phone when questioned by the Associated Press about a $1.1 million windfall on land he had not owned for three years, the wire service is reporting."
"Reid collected on the Las Vegas land sale in a deal engineered by a longtime friend and former casino lawyer, Jay Brown, whose name has surfaced in organized crime investigations, the AP said."
"According to records and interviews obtained by the AP, the senator did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to a company created by a friend and took a financial stake in the company. "
"Defending the senator, his aides argued the deal was not disclosed because it was considered a 'technical transfer.'"
So why didn't the Senate Ethics Committee take action against Reid?
"Had the investment been known, voters could have made the connection. The Senate Ethics Committee might have taken an interest as well - except that Harry Reid himself sat as the top Democrat on that panel."
Of course, Harry Reid, often referred to as the "King of Pork" for his skillful and profitable use of "earmarks" is also, first and foremost, a politician. He has apparently done everything in his power to kill the "earmark" process reform which would have provided greater transparency as to which politician is requesting the earmark. This disgusting practice often loads bills for necessary improvements to our infrastructure with millions and millions of dollars of unrelated pork. An example can be found today as USA Today announces...
"Six weeks after a fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse prompted criticism of federal spending priorities, the Senate approved a transportation and housing bill Wednesday containing at least $2 billion for pet projects that include a North Dakota peace garden, a Montana baseball stadium and a Las Vegas history museum. That's not the half of it."
Then there are those who lobby Reid on behalf of their clients; be they casinos, land developers, Indian-casinos, or others seeking his favor.
"As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors."
"A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical."
"'We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue,' Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News."
What can YOU do?
Realize that Harry Reid may be just another loud-mouth politician with secrets to keep and apparently favors to sell. One who may have a vested interest in neutering the next United States Attorney General before he can investigate those democrats who are busily overlooking corruption within their own party and investigating members of the Administration.
Drop a note to the White House indicating your support for Ted Olson as a superb candidate for the position of United States Attorney General. Should you wish to review his qualifications, you can find his biography on the Department of Justice website or look at his personal and professional story on Wikipedia.
Resolve not to be bullied by partisan politics and the rantings of corrupt and ineffective politicians of either party.
Remember, Ted Olson served as the 42nd Solicitor General of the United States. He was nominated by President Bush on February 14, 2001, confirmed by the United States Senate, and took the oath of office on June 11, 2001. However, it should be noted that Senator Reid opposed the confirmation of Olson during the Senate vote and that others regard him as a highly partisan advocate for conservative Republicans. More information on the original vote and controversy can be found here.
Personally, I believe Ted Olson is the right man, at the right time. He has always been a passionate advocate for his client, in this case the United States of America. And I have no doubt he will continue to honorably represent the people as the United States Attorney General. But I urge you, as always, to do your own research and make an informed choice.
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Reference: Harry Reid And The Culture Of Corruption
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS