William Jefferson-Biggest Corporate Whore in CBC.

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At a time of absolute devastation and crisis, “Dollar Bill” Jefferson is too busy to help his constituents because he’s preoccupied with staying out of federal prison for taking bribes to help American based firms win African contracts.  Two of his aides have already plead guilty to paying $400K in bribes to him, an incredible sum.  And then, there is the small matter of 90K in marked FBI bills that turned up in Jefferson’s freezer that were supposed to go into the pockets of a Nigerian Vice President but ended up in his. 

Before all of this chicanery went down, there was the mundane tasks of taking care of business for constituents and the needs of New Orleans,ya know, levy monies, bridges, roads and other critical infrastructure that was sadly neglected allowing the catastrophe to occur.  Instead, “Dollar Bill” was too busy trying to find ways to line his children’s pocket’s with graft as well. 

Among the most jarring and enraging images from Katrina were the bodies of the dead piled up among the trash.  I shall never forget the body of an elderly woman sitting dead in her wheelchair lying under a dirty sheet.  Where was her Congressman? Commandeering military vehicles to “check on” his property while her home lay flooded by lake ponchartrain and her body underneath a dirty sheet decomposing in the stench filled open air.  I could only imagine what it would have been like for her family to have suffered helplessly and watched her die as her Congressman threw his weight around ordering military people to do his bidding while others sat on their rooftoops praying for a rescue.

It has occured to me that Katrina is what happens when your Congressman is too busy doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists and other greedy corporate devil’s.

“Dollar Bill” Jefferson voted for NAFTA, GATT, WTO, PNTR and a whole host of other acronyms that spell greed while his constituents suffered from some of the most persistent poverty, crime and social dysfunction in the nation.  His plate was full doing favors for the wealthy and powerful while black-on-black crime in New Orleans reached new heights and the public schools deteriorated. It never mattered to him because he could always get re-elected with coffers full of corporate cash while his constituents continued to suffer and rot.

The last straw for me was when he voted to repeal Estate Taxes for the wealthiest familes in the nation while large numbers of his constituents still had no jobs, no homes, no temporary assistance, and no hope.

His tenure in the Congressional Black Caucus is an open wound in the black body politic that needs to be closed with some damn body else. Whoever steps forward can’t possibly be any worse. I will relish the day when he is charged and subsquently convicted.

2 thoughts on “William Jefferson-Biggest Corporate Whore in CBC.

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