WSJ pays loving tribute to most ethical Congress ever’s most ethical member

posted at 1:10 pm on October 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

So long and detailed you’re guaranteed to end up exasperated, wondering by the time you’re two-thirds or so down the page, “How much more of this can there be?”

Exactly the point.

Take the time to read it all, not just because it’s difficult for me to pull any one passage as emblematic but because, in point of fact, you built Murtha’s home district. You should see for yourself how your “investment” turned out. In fact, the next time you hear him talking about reducing the funds spent on the war, don’t think of it as a victory lost; think of it as a whole bunch of new Johnstown shell companies for his military-contractor campaign contributors gained.

I’ll give you one quote that I can’t resist. This gives me the same feeling as being accused of conspiracy-mongering by Prison Planet. How sick with pork do you have to be to have the Pentagon telling you to cut back?

One beneficiary is New Jersey-based DRS Technologies Inc., a multibillion-dollar maker of military electronics. The company entered Mr. Murtha’s district a decade ago when it bought a small cable assembler. Since then, the congressman has helped fund nearly $400 million in contracts for the local DRS unit, building data-display terminals installed in Navy destroyers and submarines.

The Pentagon didn’t ask for many of these contracts in its annual budget requests. Mr. Murtha assured the work would be done in his district by earmarking part of the program to DRS…

Military officers and agency officials sometimes gripe about congressional orders to spend money on projects they didn’t ask for. But the Pentagon tends to go along with Congress to facilitate earmarks, keeping lawmakers happy and ensuring political support for other military programs. T. Michael Mosely, the Air Force chief of staff and a featured guest at this summer’s Murtha breakfast, shrugs off the issue. Congressional earmarks for local projects have been in the military budget “for at least 200 years,” he says.

Remember, this was Pelosi’s hand-picked choice for House majority leader, which stands to reason: she’s number two in earmarks on the Democratic side, right behind Happy Jack, in the pending budget bill.

Exit question: How come the section on Concurrent Technologies didn’t mention the lost earmark? Bummer.


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Is the trial still going on?

Mike Honcho on October 30, 2007 at 1:15 PM

most ethical Congress ever’s most ethical member

Willie Jeff wants a word with you.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM

The congressman, not the ex-prez.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Murtha.

Anti-military when it comes to winning a war. Pro-military when it comes to flooding his district with kazillions of dollars so he gets voted back into office every election.

He is the worst of traitors, only interested in his own political self-preservation.

Term Limits are the ONLY answer.

fogw on October 30, 2007 at 1:37 PM

What’s with those two Republicans at the top of the list. Time to drop them.

StoutRepublican on October 30, 2007 at 1:43 PM

I always love it when these self-serving, political pigs in perpetuity use the term “federal dollars.”

I prefer that they use the term “monies forcibly confiscated from the People, by our use of a taxing entity that will take everything the People own, if they don’t do our bidding.”

Now, isn’t that much better?

OhEssYouCowboys on October 30, 2007 at 1:44 PM

send this asspig to prison.

He’s a crook and a traitor.

georgej on October 30, 2007 at 2:31 PM

AP, you’re being sarcastic I hope. I didn’t take the tone of the article to be loving whatsoever. I rather enjoyed The Journal’s coal raking with Murtha’s traitorous behind…

Biffstir on October 30, 2007 at 2:33 PM

And this is exactly why Murtha will never be voted out of office in his district. He is a conduit for cash from Washington to his community. He has discovered a way to legally steal from the rest of the country.

Basically, he is stealing money from the rest of the congressional districts but the thing is, only people in his district get to vote for him. Everyone in his district probably knows someone on the Murtha gravy train.

crosspatch on October 30, 2007 at 3:23 PM

This gives me the same feeling as being accused of conspiracy-mongering by Prison Planet.

You got accused of conspiracy-mongering by Prison Planet??? Good God, I think I’m in Bizarro World!!

crazy_legs on October 30, 2007 at 3:28 PM

And this is exactly why Murtha will never be voted out of office in his district. He is a conduit for cash from Washington to his community. He has discovered a way to legally steal from the rest of the country.

Basically, he is stealing money from the rest of the congressional districts but the thing is, only people in his district get to vote for him. Everyone in his district probably knows someone on the Murtha gravy train.

crosspatch on October 30, 2007 at 3:23 PM

you got it.. i grew up in his district and was talking to my uncle a few months back who is a repub. and he said as long as murtha keeps his kid employed hes got his vote. i argued but to no avail…

gberez on October 30, 2007 at 3:32 PM

I also have plenty of friends that work for a few of the named companys and I know they vote for him as well..

gberez on October 30, 2007 at 3:34 PM

The only way I could see to get people to turn against him would be to do some kind if interview campaign. Have a video camera and ask people “Are you voting for Jack Murtha?” and if they say “Yes” then the interviewer says “You are aware that he is a liar and a thief, aren’t you?” at that point the person is on the TV has being supportive of a liar and a thief.

What needs to happen is he needs to lose his seats on committees. Like that is ever going to happen …

crosspatch on October 30, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I just want to say that’s my favorite pic of the good Congressman.
It looks better with the funny hat and the “Bang” flag hanging off his finger, but whenever I see that pic, I picture those things as well.

Veeshir on October 30, 2007 at 4:43 PM

When he was “low profile” this stuff never came up. Now that he is “high profile” I wonder how long he can stay in office.

duff65 on October 30, 2007 at 4:49 PM

Willie Jeff wants a word with you.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM

The congressman, not the ex-prez.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM

that guy wishes he was murtha

urbancenturion on October 30, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Term Limits are the ONLY answer.

fogw on October 30, 2007 at 1:37 PM

How true!

Longhorn Six on October 30, 2007 at 5:36 PM

If this example doesn’t bolster the case for term limits, nothing will. Sadly, voters are human, and will keep voting for him (as well as the other morons) over and over as a means of self preservation.
I don’t like tinkering with the constitution at all, but our founding fathers could never have seen this grand scale of graft & cronyism coming. Hell they could never have imagined 300 million people, and they damn sure never EVER envisioned these bloodsuckers staying in office 40 frickin’ years.

TERM LIMITS!!! It’ll hurt like pulling off a scab at first, but we’d heal all the better for it.

Murtha is no better than your garden variety mid-level mobster squeezing money out of all of us to take care of himself and his pals.

commonsensehoosier on October 30, 2007 at 5:48 PM