Over the past few days, there have been several stories in the news about absolutely miserable people, some stories being widely disseminated and discussed, others not much. These stories involve politicians currently holding high offices, politicians who formerly held high offices, and political pundits whose opinions have been relied upon as the be all and end all on important issues.
So, what do these miserable people all have in common? All are republicans, that’s what.
One of the biggest stories of the past week was the sentencing of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to the unimaginably lenient term of 15 months in custody for theletters to the court pleading that Hastert be given leniency and not be sentenced to prison.
Letters came pouring in from people such as Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who wrote that Hastert was “a good man that loves the Lord,” and that “He doesn’t deserve what he is going through.”
Really? A serial child molester is a “good man” who does not deserve to be called to account for his actions? Of course, not like the guy on the corner with two rocks of crack cocaine in his sock. THAT guy deserves prison.
Other well known republicans imploring the court to send Hastert home to his life of leisure and luxury included now retired long-time California congressmen David Dreier and John T. Doolittle, former Illinois congressman Thomas Ewing, and Porter Goss, formerly both a congressman and Director of the CIA. Also in Hastert’s freedom corner was former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner, a prosecutor who certainly should have used not just common sense but who should have stopped to remember and analyze what he advocated throughout years of sending felons to prison.
Making even more headlines this past week was another and more recent former gop Speaker of the House, John Boehner, who very publicly gave his opinion of gop senator and presidential contender ted cruz, calling the SENATOR and, though very, very unlikely,seemingly universally detested by all with whom he had contact throughout his college years.
Receiving much less notoriety was the guilty plea this week to numerous fraud charges by former fox fixed news noise pundit and gop “expert witness” Wayne Simmons. Simmons was the “go to” expert on covert operations, CIA activities and procedures, and the state department who told the gop brain trust and the American people that there was a scandal that they should investigate regarding the Benghazi attack. Millions of dollars and untold thousands of wasted hours later, not a single solitary piece of evidence has been uncovered to show any wrongdoing on the part of Secretary Hillary Clinton, Pres. Obama, or any other target of the array of partisan gop investigations. Instead, it is Simmons who is going to prison.
Simmons plead guilty to charges for major frauds against the U.S. government, wire fraud and a firearms offense, as part of his IMPERSONATING a CIA agent over a period of 27 years, (1973-2000). Rather than being employed by the CIA as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” and becoming an expert on various type of governmental activities, he was a con man, going from one scam to another:
“During those 27 years, instead of working for the CIA, Simmons embarked on a bizarre mixture of legitimate jobs and shady dealings, including scamming a woman out of $125,000 (which he also plead guilty to) while racking up a laundry list of petty crimes. Rolling Stone notes that ‘he ran a limousine service, a gambling operation and an AIDS-testing clinic; worked for a hot-tub business, a carpeting company and a nightclub; and briefly played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints. Along the way, he accrued criminal convictions, including multiple DUIs, plus charges for weapons possession and assault, and an arrest for attacking a cabdriver in Annapolis, Maryland'”.
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At the time of his sentencing this coming July, Simmons faces up to 40 years in prison.
Also below the radar is the newest one of current House Speaker Paul Ryan’s many plans to further enrich industry at the expense of the American people. While the gop’s and fox fixed news noise’s massive and pervasive propaganda attacks against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have resulted in vastly mistaken beliefs about the Act, individual elements have massive support, and many such portions of the Act have provided enormous benefits to millions of Americans.
None of the elements of the ACA have been as vital to so many as the prohibition against health insurance carriers denying coverage to applicants due to pre-existing conditions. Due to this prohibition, carriers across the US made windfall profits due to their not having to insure sick people, and by keeping insured people with serious medical conditions locked in to their current coverage, unable to switch to more affordable carriers and coverage, and suffering the economic plight of continually rising premiums. By eliminating the right of carriers to discriminate against the sick under the moniker of “pre-existing conditions” millions of people who could not qualify for coverage were able to and did purchase health insurance with the advent of the ACA, and, despite the lies and deceit of the gop and fox, millions more have been able to obtain new coverage at significantly lower rates. I, for one, due to my wife’s serious medical problems, was locked into one policy with one company for many, many years. With the passage and implementation of the ACA, we were able to obtain new, very similar coverage, at a savings of over 65% BEFORE any subsidies. Yes, other carriers could and would provide similar coverage at a price more than 2/3 less than we had been forced to pay for years. Many years. And they still make a substantial profit.
Well, Ryan wants to take all that away. This week, Ryan proposed setting up high-risk pools for the sick, OBVIOUSLY to enable higher health insurance rates across the board, and to no longer entitle the average American to pick and choose among available plans as the ACA has provided, now into its third year. This constitutes institutional discrimination against the sick of the worst possible kind. State run pools for the sickest Americans – what could go wrong with that? Just take a look at the three dozen gop-run state
There are, I’m sure, many more stories of the exploits of miserable people having occurred over the past few days, some may even involve democrats. But, these four stories of fraud, deceit, felonies and uncaring profit-at-any-cost activities clearly demonstrate the true nature of the gop, and the fate of the country if they should ever again occupy the White House. Their control of Congress is already causing untold suffering; don’t give them even more power to destroy what smart, reasonable people built over more than two centuries.