The Chicago Tribune Watchdog says the Federal Election Commission has determined that campaign funds boost politician lifestyles. Well Chicago Political Commentary says no shit Sherlock! You would think that the FEC would actually do something about rather than allow the legal use of campaign funds for personal expenditures.
You know, there is just something fundamentally wrong with the system when it allows politicians to file their disclosures and listing $2,600 Cuff Links or $1,500 in Concert Tickets as U.S. Representative Aaron Schock did and still be deemed legal. Even more perverse is the nifty neato paycheck U.S. Representative Bobby Rush pays his wife to manage his campaign because "one out of every four dollars raised goes directly to "Keeping It All In The Family."
Of course I really laughed my ass off when the Tribune exposed U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez's campaign committee for spending more than $130,000 on "hotels, airfare and other travel expenses to destinations like Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico and Mexico over the past five years." Nothing like a little vacation time on someone elses dime eh?
And we wonder why government in America is so broken? I mean didn't anyone there learn anything from former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his attraction to what campaign cash can do?
Unfortunately politicians are self-serving creatures of habit and expecting them to take any sort of initiative to abide by the spirit of the rules or to use campaign funds for what they are actually intended for is akin to having an the same expectation for a lifelong crack addict to wake up one morning with a desire to go cold turkey or ask for intervention.
Well it just ain't gonna happen!
Why? Because campaign money is like Forrest Gump's "box of chocolate" and so long as "life is like a box of chocolate" - nothing will ever change with these sleazeball politicians who meander through life pretending to make a difference for their constituencies.
Seems to me the truth tells us the only difference a politician makes - is the net effect to their own bottom-lines.
Either that or they are looking to buy baby new walking shoes.
You know like the pair Forrest Gump was admiring.
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