Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pelosi's "Operation Swamp Drain" a Total Joke

...but not the kind that makes you laugh.

If anyone needs me, I'll be out pitchfork shopping this morning.

CQ Politics: Firm with Murtha Ties Got Earmarks From Nearly One-Fourth of House

More than 100 House members secured earmarks in a major spending bill for clients of a single lobbying firm — The PMA Group — known for its close ties to John P. Murtha, the congressman in charge of Pentagon appropriations.

“It shows you how good they were,” said Keith Ashdown, chief investigator at the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. “The sheer coordination of that would take an army to finish.”

PMA’s offices have been raided, and the firm closed its political action committee last week amid reports that the FBI is investigating possibly illegal campaign contributions to Murtha and other lawmakers.

And, what kind of ROI are we talking about here?

Not too bad, it turns out. How does more than 16,500% grab ya?

Those House members, plus a handful of senators, combined to route nearly $300 million in public money to clients of PMA through that one law (PL 110-116).


According to CQ MoneyLine, the same House members who took responsibility for PMA’s earmarks in that spending bill have, since 2001, accepted a cumulative $1,815,138 in campaign contributions from PMA’s political action committee and employees of the firm.

In case you haven't figured it out by now...

Our representative government has been voluntarily nullified by the very individuals who had taken an oath to defend it from harm.

Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has ceased to exist in this country.

He who has the money, has the government.

Our once-representative government no longer derives its power (both just and unjust) from the consent of the governed, but rather from the consent of their shadow financiers.

"When in the course of human events..."