The events of the last week surrounding the so-called “Government shutdown” are certainly shining a bright light on the cockroaches that inhabit Washington, DC and feast on Federal funds. Take Trent Lott, for example. A Republican whore who abandoned the job of governing in order to enrich himself as someone skilled in the art of getting clients Federal dollars. In an interview with David Corn, uber lefty who writes for Mother Jones, Lott was asked:
. . . if his old GOP pals still serving in the Senate have lost control of their party. How do they feel about that? I inquired. Lott shook his head: “That Ted Cruz. They have to teach him something or cut his legs out from under him.”
Cut his legs out? Yeah, Lott replied with a chuckle. He noted that when he was in the House in the 1980s he mounted a campaign against a fellow Republican who had challenged him for a leadership post. “Took me two years,” he recalled. “But I got him. And he was out of the House.” Recalling his vindictiveness and hardball politics, Lott chuckled once more. “Call me if you want more red meat,” he said, before heading toward the car waiting for him.
Yeah, goddamn Ted Cruz. Why? He actually stood up for something. Doesn’t that damn spic know his place?
Here’s the truth about Lott:
After working five years as a congressional staff member in Washington, Lott served 35 years in Congress, 16 in the House and 19 in the Senate. He became the Republican leader in 1996 but stepped down under pressure in 2002 after praising Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist run for the White House.
Lott abruptly resigned from the Senate in December 2007, less than two years into his fourth Senate term. Some pundits speculated that Lott chose that moment to resign because of a looming deadline — Senators still around after the start of 2008 would be covered by a new ethics law that prohibits former Members of Congress from lobbying for two years after leaving office. Lott responded that the new law ”didn’t have a big role in that decision.” OK, not a big role.
Within 20 days of his resignation, Lott had formed the Breaux Lott Leadership Group with former Democratic Senator John Breaux (LA). The firm has represented a large number of energy companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Entergy, General Electric, National Propane Gas Association, Plains Exploration, Shell Oil, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance. In 2010, Breaux Lott sold itself to mega-lobbying firm Patton Boggs, which itself also represents energy companies including ATP Oil & Gas and Total.
Let me be clear–Lott is but a symptom of a profound corruption that is the essence of Washington. Democrats do it too. Our system is now one of buying access. More so than at any time in our history. Instead of eager office seekers lining up at a politician’s office begging for patronage, the system is far more sophisticated and lucrative. Politicians need money to run for office and just stay in the game. That’s shy their door is open to lobbyists who, along with shilling for their clients, bring a checkbook and help the pol gather funds to run in the next election.
This is much like a system of organized child prostitution–it is disgusting but, despite its inherent evil, everyone plays.
This is the real reason that guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are aggravating the so-called traditional Republicans. They are not keen on playing the Washington game and are busy shaking it up. What Cruz and Paul understand and what Trent Lott does not is that a growing number of Americans are fed up with the bloated government and incestuous ways of Washington. We are mad as hell and ain’t going to take it anymore.
How about the shutdown? Business as usual in Washington, at least on the highways. I had to go to the airport this morning in the Washington, DC area. I was hoping that the shutdown would have cleared some of the traffic from the clogged thoroughfares. No such luck. Jammed on the George Washington Parkway. A normal 20 minute trip was a 50 minute endurance contest. At the airport, security lines were a breeze. We will see how this shakesout, but I suspect that, as with the dire warnings surrounding the sequester, that the negative aspects of the shutdown will be muted for most of the country.