Assigned Reading: Once, We Would Have Called it a Scandal
(FROM: Human Events)
I’m a little torn about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. On one hand, he’s absolutely brilliant and can articulate conservative talking points as well as anybody. On the other hand, as a candidate he comes with baggage and could be perceived as a symbol of entrenched Washington politics.
Honestly, as I said at the beginning of April in Hat in the Ring, or Just Old Hat?, I would like to see Newt Gingrich in a highly-involved, behind-the-scenes role, developing strategy and whispering in the ear of the newest face in the conservative movement.
Whatever his role, this particular statement from the Human Events piece is dead-on correct:
There was a time when we would have called it a scandal.
In 1921, oil tycoon Harry Sinclair gave several prize head of cattle and around $269,000 to President Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall.
In return, Sinclair got the exclusive rights to drill in an oil field in Wyoming. Sinclair’s no-bid contract became the Teapot Dome scandal, the most notorious example of political corruption in America prior to Watergate.
Between 2000 and 2008, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union gave $23,675,562 to the Democratic Party and its candidates.
In 2008 alone, the UAW gave $4,161,567 to the Democratic Party, including Barack Obama.
In return, the UAW received 55 percent of Chrysler and 17.5 percent of GM, plus billions of dollars.
But nobody’s calling this a scandal. It’s time we start.