A surprising fact on congressional corruption

John Fund wrote in Opinionjournal's Political Diary today that "Just under a dozen of the nearly 10,000 individuals who have served in Congress have ever been convicted of bribery." I assume that he means the number is eleven. I guess that I would have thought the number was a little higher. The one other fact that I would like to know is how those eleven cases are distributed over time. Are most of them relatively recent?


Blogger E. David Quammen said...

Would have thought that number to be MUCH higher. In the HUNDREDS, at least. IMHO, if those in congress are not guilty of crimes of commission. Than they, most certainly, are guilty of crimes of omission. To qualify that statement, one has just to consider the UnConstitutional 'gun control' laws across the country.

The courts are just as guilty, if not more so. For the same reason.

3/04/2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Convictions are not the same as allegations--even credible ones.

Bribery's WAY too obvious.

"Lack of principles" would get you a more realistic number of Congresscritters who are, ah, useless.

Likely 90+%.

3/05/2006 10:33 AM  

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