Tuesday :: Aug 29, 2006

Jerry Lewis is not funny


by Duckman GR

They're corrupt, greedy, and entwined worse than the wires behind my entertainment center, and that's pretty twisted.

The North County Times, who did actual reporting during the cunningham corruption case, is at it again, this time discussing jerry lewis, 41st CD and only the chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Here's how it works.

His protege Leticia White rises through the ranks to become a top notch aide on defense issues.

She won friends and influence through hard work, a warm personality and detailed knowledge of defense spending bills.

She left that job in January 2003 and joined Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton, & White, ... She quickly acquired a stable of defense contractors as clients and began to lobby Lewis, then chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee. She and her clients also donated tens of thousands of dollars to him.

Yes, this nice, efficient lady seems to be quite the rainmaker.

The day after leaving the Hill, on Jan. 9, 2003, White signed up a major client -- General Atomics, along with one of its aeronautics subsidiaries. The companies received several multimillion-dollar earmarks that year in the defense spending bill for the 2004 fiscal year, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, including $3 million for General Atomics to provide anti-terror systems at Liberty Island, home to the Statue of Liberty, and $15.3 million for the aeronautics division to develop unmanned aerial vehicles.

This is my favorite part: Dorton said White consulted with the House Ethics Committee over the circumstances of her departure from the Hill, and that her salary cut in her final year was mostly because she didn't get a bonus.

The House Ethics Cmte, there's a force to fear. Did they do anything about cunningham and his bribary menu? What was that bit about tom delay not having to step down after being indicted? Yeah, I'm sure they gave her a thorough going over.

This how they operate. To benefit themselves. Lewis gets donations to keep him in office, gets his pet projects funded to hone his image, his protege's get big fat jobs, his business crony's get big fat government welfare checks, and San Bernadino gets squat.

San Bernardino=SB, California=CA Per capita money income, 1999 SB - $16,856 CA - $22,711 Median household income, 2003 SB - $43,185 CA - $48,440 Persons below poverty, percent, 2003 SB - 16.0% CA - 13.8% Retail sales per capita, 2002 SB - $8,828 CA - $10,264

So who benefits from his position again?

And as an aside, here's what lewis was doing before the Appropriations Cmte days, according to his website, unlinked coz he doesn't need the traffic.

From 1994-1999, Lewis was the chairman of the VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee, the panel responsible for funding federal housing, veterans affairs, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies.

All underfunded agencies the gop would love to kill. And lewis certainly has done his part, if the performance of these agencies since he left is any indication.


Duckman GR :: 11:28 PM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!