Ted Stevens's Offense

by Don Boudreaux on August 1, 2008

in Politics

Here’s a letter that I sent on Wednesday to the Washington Post:

Re Michael Crowley’s “Stevens’s Payback Moment” (July 30): I’m
delighted to see Sen. Ted Stevens face jail time for crimes he committed while
in office.  To charge him with concealing gifts totaling $250,000,
however, is the equivalent of charging a confessed mass murderer with
jaywalking.  If that’s the only way to bring the criminal to justice,
fine.  But Sen. Stevens’s most significant misdeeds – ones of which he
boasts! – are his decades-long success at directing billions of
taxpayer dollars to special-interest groups for no reason other than
the fact that he possessed the power and position to buy himself even
greater security in office by doing so.

Of course, punishing all the criminals guilty of that offense would depopulate Capitol Hill.

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Ike August 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Well, they *did* bust Al Capone for tax evasion…

Ironman August 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm

"Of course, punishing all the criminals guilty of that offense would depopulate Capitol Hill."

And why would that be a bad thing?

More seriously, the reason the elected officials do it is because it pays them dividends. For the people on the other side of such transactions, it's a low-risk, high payoff investment strategy.

The situation can be corrected. All it takes is quality leadership. Sadly, the depopulation of Capitol Hill would seem to be a good place to start….

SC August 1, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I think you'll enjoy taking a look at this video of Steven's wiretapped conversation with a business associate:


Laffe R. Curve August 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm

POW! Right in the kisser. Great letter.

vidyohs August 2, 2008 at 11:26 am

Yes, bust all the crooks; but……

I'll believe Congress is taking a serious look at corruption when Jefferson from Louisiana is behind bars.

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