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Excerpt: "Obviously this kind of thing has been going on forever in Washington, but some revolving-door hires feel worse and more shameless than others, and this is one of those."

Matt Taibbi talks about US politics. (photo: Robin Holland)
Matt Taibbi talks about US politics. (photo: Robin Holland)

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+29 # LeeBlack 2012-01-12 11:31
Taibbi is absolutely correct - this kind of reporting should be the top of the news instead of the circus of the Republican Presidential race antics. How many of these stories have been missed because the media devotes 90% of its coverage to the 'race'.

It is sickening that someone is awarded this much money for doing the opposite of what his job was.
 
 
+4 # John Locke 2012-01-12 17:22
LeeBlack: its called pay back, he did a favor and was rewarded, that sadly is how washington works, does anyone still believe the system can be changed from the inside, if you do, you must also believe in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy...
 
 
+23 # bugbuster 2012-01-12 11:35
So here is more corruption at the highest levels. Inevitably it must impoverish the rest of us as, in this case, we get fleeced us for overpriced commodities.

Trickle-down corruption must follow. People have to make a living, and if they can't do it honestly, they will find other means. The United States has no inherent qualities that immunize it from the corruption that plagues other great countries such as India, Mexico, and many others.

Impoverish the citizens, eviscerate the tax base, underpay your public servants, and then don't be surprised when you get shaken down at a traffic stop.
 
 
+11 # DPM 2012-01-12 12:09
Sadly, most people in this country are neither interested in, or can follow a story like this. "Moving Wars" is soooo much "easier".
The "dumber" t.v. gets, the more brazen our political and industrial criminals. A connection? You think!
 
 
-4 # disgusted American 2012-01-13 01:11
DPM,

The dumbing down of Americans has long been part of the plan. Includes advertising as well. Sadly, as you say, most people aren't interested in what's happening but they sure know all about blu ray or whatever other nonsense they really don't need in their lives.

Since the detention of Americans law King Obama signed (and crossed off words he didn't want and put in his own), I've mentioned this law to many people during my daily activities, and none of them even knew about it. A lot of people say they are so disgusted by this gov't and the politicial shenanigans that they don't pay attention any more.

Well, people need to stay tuned so they know how the schemes and scams work and can figure out how to duck for cover as best as possible.

Wait'll Obamacare kicks in. They will be in shock, not to mention really ticked off, when they find out they were either dumped into expanded Medicaid with no other choice or when they are told how much they afford to pay for the cheapest, crappiest plan based on their prior year income. They'll be struggling to pay premiums for a plan they can't afford to use.

I bet barely anyone has bothered to look into this horror which has nothing to do with access to affordable care. And when you try to give them info, they ignore it.

Dumb and getting dumber by the day!
 
 
+6 # jwb110 2012-01-12 12:18
How about making Lobbying a Capital Crime punishable by death?
 
 
+1 # John Locke 2012-01-12 17:25
jwb110: I agree but how, the perpetrators are all in congress the only way is through a constitutional amendment which begins with the states...when 3/4 of the states have signed on, we get it...
 
 
+5 # James Marcus 2012-01-12 12:46
Lukken, and other Lobbyist Maggots, are only doing the bidding of their 'Controllers', feeding off of the disease of Money-Wasting-A s-Usual in Washington
Where there is shit, Pigs will eat.
There is ALWAYS more Maggots to replace those who may get tangled and 'expended'. Point is, they won't be stopped 'One-by-One'
GET THE MONEY OUT!
 
 
0 # Pancho 2012-01-12 14:01
I wish someone, anyone would take a look at Stacia Hylton, who may have saved the Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group from bankruptcy during her tenure at the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee.

She ladled out hundreds of millions in unnecessary contracts to them. Upon retirement, GEO started paying her above board, about $28 thousand a month. After four months in "retirement," Obama/Holder nominated her to take over the U.S. Marshals Service, where she had spent much of a career prior to the OFDT.

Protests were made by activist and labor organizations, largely ignored by the Senate Judiciary Committee that was tasked to vett her nomination. I doubt if anyone ever asked her how she was "earning" that $28 grand monthly, or if she could produce a work product or a schedule that showed what she'd purportedly done.

She was confirmed in the last hours of the special, post-Christmas 2010 session, probably by voice vote when only a few Senators were on the floor and no one was calling a quorum.

Since Hylton's return to head the USMS, a number of agents have been killed during home arrests of minor criminals. Their involvement may be attributed to Hylton's grandstanding and trying to raise her profile. Her industry friends and former employer continue to land contracts from the USMS.
 
 
+5 # wleming 2012-01-12 14:28
Lukken, another sycophant paid off by the industry he paved the way for... and don't forget tom daschle... whose wife was raking in the same millions lobbying that tom was to be rewarded with after his failed re election campaign.. he made millions from the "healthcare" combines. arise ye wretched congressional losers.. there is money yet from those who abuse us.
 
 
+10 # elmont 2012-01-12 14:35
Once again, Taibbi shows why he is my favorite rsn guy. Keep it up, Matt!!
 
 
+1 # RLF 2012-01-13 06:22
Yuck! Just Yuck! When is someone going to jail for this crap! Just Crap!
 
 
+1 # shortonfaith 2012-01-15 15:44
Taibbi just keeps putting them out there & is a joy to read. Every Newspaper in America should be filed with stories from reporters like Matt.

A true American hero bringing us the simple logic of truth. Do not let them silence this voice. And give to OWS and the 99%.
 

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