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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Friday, January 20, 2006

For the best representation money can buy...

All Aboard the Gravy Train

In the wake of the Abramoff bribery and corruption scandal, Republican legislators are scrambling to buiild up the facade of ethics in government. Thank goodness some of our GOP leaders are brave enough to buck the tide of appearances, and continue to show their true colors.

I'm talking, of course, about Congressman Joe Barton, who kicks of his gravy train, er, Texas Train Ride where, for the paltry sum of $2,000 ($5,000 if you're a PAC), you can spend several hours with "Cotton Bowl Joe" (okay, the Cotton Bowl isn't really part of the BCS, but it sounds much better than "Orange Bowl Joe", doesn't it?), get an after-hours tour of the Alamo, and spend an evening of drinking and gambling. Yessir, good ol' Republican values!

The invitation promises that "During the ride, we'll have lots of time to talk".

How's that for blatantly snubbing the ethics reform movement?

And in the spirit of the GOP's secrecy mindset, he's not reporting who'll be aboard the train. Wouldn't want any big PACs that are linked to Abramoff having any public association with this endeavor, would we?

In response, annatopia is asking for financial support of his 6th District opponent, David Harris. Compared to up to $700,000 Joe stands to make from this fundraiser, every dollar Dave gets will help combat the advertising blitz Barton is sure to mount in his attempt to retain his seat in Congress.


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