Lord Acton famously said that power corrupts, and some Democrats have been in power for long enough in Washington that, if they weren’t already corrupt when they were elected, they are beginning to show that they are now.
Numerous calls forinvestigation into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s finances have been made in recent years. Former Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has been accused of Hatch Act violations. A large number of Democratic donors have come under investigation as well, both for illegal campaign contributions and other alleged criminal acts.
Now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi can add her name to the list of Washington Democrats under suspicion of breaching the public trust.
A new report from the Washington Free Beacon indicates that Pelosi is thought to have enriched herself and her husband, Paul, through her efforts to “steer taxpayer funds” to a San Francisco-area light rail project. Pelosi’s support for the project caused local real estate prices to escalate such that a large parcel of land owned by “high-dollar Democratic donor” Marc Benioff’s company may have received a huge profit upon selling it to the Golden State Warriors. Pelosi’s husband is also a significant investor in the company.
Click here to watch Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the radical Islamic terrorists of Hamas might be a “humanitarian” organization. Pelosi has been pushing for taxpayer subsidies for the rail project for over ten years, and that project has done much to boost the real estate market in the area, experts say.
The report says that “liberal billionaire hedge fund manager” Tom Steyer may also have been further enriched through Pelosi’s efforts to provide federal subsidies to the project. Power does corrupt, and not only on the Democratic side of the aisle. That’s why the Founders created checks and balances throughout the government. However, for anyone to remain in Congress for as long as some members have–close to thirty years for both Reid and Pelosi–amassing power, influence, and wealth, was not a consideration the Founders envisioned or planned for.
There is an easy solution, however: term limits. They won’t eliminate corruption–unfortunately, human nature will still be with us–but they can mitigate its effects, and that’s a good place to start. Please share this article on Twitter and Facebook if you agree that the career politicians of Congress are rife with corruption.
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