Bribery and soul selling make Tom DeLay 2005's most important golfer
There is an obscure federal mandate that declares that all golf bloggers must have some type of year-ending awards presentation. It’s a Patriot Act thing and yet more proof that the best laws are ones that are actually read by those doing the passing.
So, in order to keep with federal regulations and to keep myself out of a secret Romanian gulag, I figured it was time to announce the “William K. Wolfrum Most Important Golfer of 2005″ award.
John Daly tried to drain every last cent from his popularity by starring in his own reality show, and somehow managed to play some competitive golf along the way. And, of course, Michelle Wie deserves some consideration for, well, existing.
But in the end, professional golfers will have to take a seat behind the one man who has truly changed the way the game is played. Ladies and gentleman, Tom DeLay was the most important golfer of 2005.
DeLay’s victory is more than just for what he did in 2005. No, it’s really more of an homage to the amazing golfing feats he and his cronies have accomplished over the past six years.
According to the Associated Press the former House majority leader has managed to take trips to at least 48 world-class golf clubs and resorts over the past six years. He’s also managed to receive 100 flights aboard company planes; 200 stays at hotels, many world-class; and 500 meals at restaurants, some averaging nearly $200 for a dinner for two.
The beauty of it all is that these trips were paid via donations collected by DeLay’s campaign, political action committees and children’s charity.
So you don’t worry about DeLay’s campaigns losing money, keep in mind that since he joined the House leadership as majority whip in 1995, DeLay has raised at least $35 million for his campaign, PACs, foundation and legal defense fund.
This type of dedication to playing at the world’s top golf resorts at other’s expense is what put Mr. DeLay over the top.
So for taking bribery to new and exciting levels, and for making soul-selling an art form, there really was only one choice: Tom DeLay. And in 2006, whether it’s behind bars somewhere, or preaching good, old-fashioned conservative values to his followers, Mr. DeLay will very likely be a strong contender for a repeat victory.
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Tom DeLay hosts golf tournaments around the nation for fundraisers, just like almost every organization. So yes, he plays golf around the world - in an effort to raise money. its what he has to do to defend himself against irresponsable generalizing "journalists" like you.
As for the childerns charities, you may be interested to know that he and his wife are devout foster parents who raise money to help abused and neglected children. Next time, at least pretend to do a little research.
I think the beauty of being extremely partisan is that, no matter how hard your own guys take it to you, you'll always be willing to overlook their discretions, forgive and defend.
Face it, it's Battered Ideologue Syndrome.
The exploits of Tom Delay and the decline of even the smallest attempts at honesty or cooperation in our political sytem truly saddens me. Hopefully Mr. Delay will have plenty of time to work on his short game at a nice comfy federal facility.
Don't be so quick to judge these "trips".
The rich and powerful work in a much different environment than we do. Their presence and "networking" at such an event, to Roy's point, is what brings dollars forward to charitable organizations and PAC's to advance their agenda. In many cases, people like Delay, in this case, donate their time to such causes and attend these events in lieu of any direct compensation. We might not like it, but it's the reality we live in. To my knowledge, he's not breaking any laws here. If you don't like it, help change the law and support politicians (McCain(R) and Dorgan(D))that champion campaign finance reform.
This does not represent a partisan defense of Delay. Nor is this an excuse of the excesses and abuses that have occurred within the political system. They have occurred in both parties, and transgressions should be prosecuted with vigor.
But don't believe the party line hype on either side.
I agree with Denver, if you dont like the laws, work to change them, dont hate those who conform to them.
Thanks for the compliment. However, I think Travelgolf would prefer someone with a little more argumentative approach to their blogging.
My style is more "News Hour with Jim Lehrer". Travelgolf has a more "Entertainment Tonight" approach.
I just haven't figured out which one on staff I would equate to "Cojo".
First of all, I agree completely with Denver about not believing either side's hype. It's only a two-party system and both parties are completely astray.
But here's a point: I'm based out of Brazil (I'm American, my wife's a Brasileira). Now, down here they have just been through a very large-scale corruption scandal in the government. There was huge media play, everyone was outraged, but every Brazilian I spoke with said they didn't expect much to come of it.
And nothing much has come of it. A few scapegoats got booted from congress. And that's what was expected, for the most part. The people I know here are defeatist regarding their politicians. They know they are going to get screwed, and they rarely get disappointed.
So I suppose seeing that attitude from so many Americans is troubling, somewhat. "Hey, he's ripping us off, but he gives money to needy kids, as well. He could just be ripping us off, he's a busy guy."
So while I don't think anyone here has been really radical or out-of-touch, the overall move toward defeatism needs to be thought about, perhaps.
And as for doing things to change laws, I am, right here. And so are you.
He's not ripping us off. If he is truly guilty, it is with laundering of funds to cover up corporate donations, not stealing or misappropriating public funds.
If he did do this, I would be upset that he was taking advantage of his position as a public servant, for sure. But, then again, when we pay our professional athletes 5 to 20 times what we pay politicians, what do we reasonably expect?
Our values are skewed.
You mean to tell me Wolfrum ISN'T a Brazilian name?
Here is how NETWORK works to Conspire against the public!~ CAUGHT RED HANDED CONSPIRING AGAINST THE PUBLIC!
Here is your Abramoff Foster Care Connection!
Here is your Abramoff Russian Connection!
NOTE: Lutheran Social Services has the largest Foster Care Contract in TEXAS!
NOTE: Lutheran Social Services went to Russia too!
Here is how Republicans FUND RAISE!
Guess where they got the DIRTY LIFE INSURANCE SCAM idea?
Off the DEAD FOSTER CHILDRENS BACKS DUMMY! SEE!
They didn't stick the LIFE INSURANCE LEGISLATION ON FOSTER CHILDREN in the Foster Care Legislation you might have noticed it there DUMMY!
SEE! Toward end OPTION C! Oh, we SEE alright! http://www.ita.doc.gov/hrm/fegli.html
After they got away with it they upped the limits a few months later by 500% on LIFE INSURANCE LIMITS ON CHILDREN! SEE! http://www.opm.gov/asd/htm/1999/bal99-212.htm
Repubublican BACKED STYLE!
Your Children and Rights been OUTSOURCED Republican Way!
Do you want the FAKE FALSIFIED FATALITY FOSTER CARE REPORTS too!
For (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) Oh, more DEAD CHILDREN than IRAQ WAR!
GUESS WHAT FAKE REPORTS don't come a country mile of REAL NUMBERS .......................you been DUPED ........REPUBLICAN WAY, Propganda WAY! Remember they say it is all for the kids! ALL THE DIRTY MONEY IS all for the CHILDREN.
LETS SEE PUBLIC STOMACH THAT.....the Indians couldn't stomach it, but our DEAD CHILDREN been paying with there lives. If you want to know how they are killed let us know we will post it too. Think about this for awhile.
VOTE ON UNELECTION DAY! HAPPY CORRUPTERS DAY!
You back Corruption you leave office now!
* Tom Delay sponsored legislation to move children across state lines. This will help the pedophile adoption mules get the children to drop points faster. NOTE: Children in Nigeria were adopted out of Houston Texas and found in NIGERIA THE CHILD TRAFFICKING hub drop point. Ask which adoption agency adopted them out. A state funded adoption agency, why was Ken Lay of ENRON giving to Spaulding Adoptions???
"DHS worker busted for running prostitution ring!" Austin Statesman *The so called worker was a manager and they used a foster care kid!!!
Texas Freedom of Information Request still being blocked two years later they don't want the public finding out that they have and had criminals working at Child Protective Services with criminal records.
DHS covered up millions in fraud we exposed, since that time DHS Albert Hawkins found sitting on nonprofit, State Audits show backdating, misappropriation and know way of knowing services billed ever provided by private contractors for foster care. Yeah, who owns the Fort Bend, Sugarland group foster homes! JUST WONDERING!
Tom DeLay showed up on June 6, 2004, with LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES SENSKE to thwarth a Congressional Investigation! http://www.familyrightsassociation.com * Falsified death reports admitted into evidence! We found out why it was coveed up! It wasn't easy finding the LIFE INSURANCE legislation which in my opinion is illegal since the foster children are patientts and state wards, its kind of like taking insurance out on hospital patients, a MAJOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST!!! They stuck it in the back end of a VETERANS bbill! Then jacked the limits up 500%! The real death rates sky rocketed the FAKE ones on the DHS report went down! NICE SCAM! DUPED THE PUBLIC! The kids are killed by natural causes/medical. You know the Rxing poisoning, you tend to die from it.
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