Jewish World Review June 12, 2003 / 12 Sivan, 5763
What's wrong with the way policy is made in Washington, D.C.?
All last week, we had mean Martha Stewart splashed across the front page of newspapers and our TV's. Her crime? Possibly lying about possibly getting inside information that could have possibly made her $200,000.
This week, Washington lawmakers and the Pentagon just awarded a $45 million contract- that comes straight out of your wallet to a company that defrauded Americans out of tens of billions of dollars.
WorldCom is the company that the Feds are paying to provide phone service to Iraq, despite the fact that this past year, they filed the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States, a bankruptcy that didn't cost $200,000, but a bankruptcy that cost American taxpayers over $100 billion dollars.
The boys and girls at Enron look like corporate do-gooders compared to those who ran WorldCom into the ground and admitted cooking the books to the tune of $11 billion dollars.
The fact that your congressmen and senators allowed this to happen is shameful. Did our young men and women risk their lives so the biggest corporate criminals in American history could get rich off the post-war contracts? Of course not.
A sweeping investigation needs to be launched because Americans deserve answers, fast. Washington has been caught asleep at the switch again, and once again it won't be the politicians and bureaucrats who pay for their neglect. It will be American taxpayers like you.
It's Washington at it's worst.
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