Whoever said that crime does not pay must not follow liberal politics. For example, consider the continuing lucrative career of Jesse Jackson Jr:
Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a “mood disorder” as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it’s considered a debilitating mental illness.
Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2 ½ years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a “mood disorder” during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged.
Jackson — son of the infamous mau-mau artist — was involved in conspiring to buy Obama’s nearly unused Senate seat.
But that’s not even what Jackson Jr. is going to jail for. In fact, he’s getting off real easy serving just 30 months for illegally using campaign funds as his “personal piggy bank,” according to the federal judge who sentenced him this week. The former congressman spent around $750,000 in campaign cash on outrageous luxury items like celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads, fancy jewelry and cashmere caps.
Even after he has finally been put in jail, his looting of taxpayers will continue:
The late onset of what we now know is a debilitating mental illness makes Junior eligible to get $8,700 per month in government disability pay, according to a news report that also says the slammer-bound politician can get a partial federal pension of $45,000 despite his transgressions.
The US Congress, home to the likes of Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel, is among the most disreputable organizations in the country, held in contempt by nearly everyone for having ethical standards that would shame a jailhouse. Is it too much to ask that someone so conspicuously corrupt as to be forced out of a cesspool for stinking it up also be forced off the public teat?
By the way, Jackass Jr. was national co-chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The rot that is killing our country goes straight to the top.
On a tip from Ben S.