Jul 16 2010
When the country heard the word ‘transparent’ coming out of the inexperienced young senator from Illinois during the presidential campaign season of 2008, they rightfully assumed it meant there would be no more back room deals, special interest favors, bribes or kickbacks. Â Well, apparently what the audacious and arrogant candidate meant was he would be quite open about the graft, greed, bribes and kickbacks when he said his administration would be ‘transparent':
Sources tell ABC News that Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, has informed the White House that he would like to consider remaining in public service after his Senate term ends at the end of this session, and White House officials are keeping an open mind about possible job openings for him.
Specter, who was defeated in his March primary by Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pennsylvania, is a close friend of Vice President Joe Biden and someone praised for his leadership in pushing for greater funding for the National Institutes of Health.
Specter is also a bit of a Benedict Arnold, who flipped to the Dems on the promise of Obama removing Sestak and other competition from the Democrat primary so he could hold onto his seat. The bribe of an administration job was offered to Sestak, right on queue (more here), but Sestak balked. Clearly plan B in the quid pro quo was some cushy (and highly paid) government job if Specter failed to be elected.
As we know Sestak was not the only one offered a bribe to get out of a senate primary. And those are the two we know of because the DECLINED the offers. And how about the wheeling and dealing being exposed in the Blago trial?
But wait, there’s more! Remember that greeding-frenzy during the health care debate? You had the Louisiana Purchase bribe for Dem Senator Landrieu and Â theÂ Corn Huckster bribe for Dem Senator BenNelson. Florida’s Medicare Advantage plan was spared cuts other states would have to shoulder, a special deal for Dem Senator Bill Nelson. And of course the one set of health insurance plans immune to Obamacare are union health care plans.
Yep, from where I sit the bribe and greed in DC is very much visible. The problem is of course, this is just the tip of a foul iceberg. This goes way deeper and broader than what is being reported ‘in the open’.