Why would a couple risk so much — respect and even their freedom — for furs, furniture and a fedora? This was the question that came to my mind when I read the federal charges against Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former congressman from Illinois. He’s charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud. In all, he’s accused of misusing about $750,000 in private campaign funds. Jackson’s wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, who resigned her seat on the Chicago City Council, reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.
He is a disgrace to the family name. His father is a preacher and shake-down grifter that sired a child out of wedlock and Junior is an under-achiever in this circle. I am beginning to think there is a dishonesty flaw in the entire family.
There is an easy answer. He watched his daddy get away with all kinds of thievery, without penalty, including personal expenditures from foundation money, paying off an employee that the rev knocked up, and junior thought he could do the same. But trying to buy the senate seat got his people caught up on the telephone taps on Blago (which were shut off quickly when the kenyan klown´s operatives showed up) and federal attorneys had no choice but to investigate the congressman.
Link does not work - but the question in the header is worth examining.
The writer´s moral confusion is apparent in the question itself, which, instead of dealing with right and wrong or even obedience to law and order, proceeds directly to a risk-benefit analysis. Not "Why did they do something that was wrong, i.e. misappropriate campaign funds for personal use," but "why did they not give more consideration to the consequences if they were caught?"
The latter question might be asked of anyone who commits a criminal act. The answer, in most if not all cases, is self-evident: the criminal does not expect to be caught. Precautions of various kinds are inevitably taken to escape apprehension.
In the case of a Federally and politically and journalistically protected personage like Junior Jackson, of course, an additional consideration undoubtedly applied. Jackson and his wife surely figured that even if their illegal use of funds was noticed, no really severe consequences would befall them because of who they were.
Thus it is no mystery why they thought they could get away with it. It is a mark of the columnist´s naivete that such a question would arise. The more important question is, why were their ethical and moral values such that they would engage in such behavior in the first place - even if they could be quite certain they would not be caught or suffer consequences if they were?
If you are going to pretend to be wealthy, it is important to know that a platinum Rolex is easily identified by those "who know" as an expensive piece of jewelry. I am fascinated by the gold-plated Rolex. It truly is a case of gilding the lily.
The Post ends their article asking why we should not have compassion for the Jackson´s. Don´t we have the same faults and problems as the Jackson´s in our spending? they ask. As if to condone their actions. The Post still trying to cover for their ilk. We have problems with credit cards and mortgage and car payments. But we don´t break the law doing it. So Ms. Singletary, don´t try to bring the rest of us down to their level. Just report the facts and forgive us the moral story. That is why we go to church.
The money Corzine stole (keeping a nice % for himself) went to paying for early Obama campaign ads. To this day, not a dime has been repaid. And Corzine is living the good life. This is the signal event that convinced me that the country is likely done for.
JJ Jr. and Sandi lived like most of the other black people in their district, it´s all for show. My in-laws lived in a very poor and mostly African American suburb in the 2nd Congressional District. The houses in their town were tiny, cheap and rundown but the cars the driveways were big, flashy and expensive. On Sundays we´d see their neighbors coming home from church and based on the way they dressed you´d think they lived on the Gold Coast and not the one of the poorest southern suburbs. Living within your means appeared to be a foreign concept in that town.
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Bad Dog, 2/21/2013 8:52:44 AM (No. 9188520)
Great responses all, and excellent analysis by the esteemed #12.
But I can summarize #12 in three words: No moral center.
Perhaps just ´no morals´ would suffice. Despite his heritage, or quite likely BECAUSE of it, he may truly not know right from wrong.
I´m beginning to wonder if all liberals hear ´right´ and don´t connect it to its opposite of ´wrong´ or something morally desired and achieved, but rather equate it to ´entitlement´ or perhaps even ´evil Republicans´.... ??? Could they be that far gone?
I learned a long time ago that common sense, brains & class have nothing to do with what kind of "bling" you wear. I knew a highly successful lawyer who bought his watches at Walmart, because he was always losing them. I know another woman who with her husband own a very successful business. She shops at thrift stores for clothes & household items - but they pay cash for cars & bought a huge house & land with CASH. She says they do not like to make payments to credit card or mortgage companies. I suspect that JJ Jr. doesn´t think about anything but instant gratification - a sign of a small mind.
Why should anyone feel sorry for them? JJJ lived a life of privilege. He attended the same private school in DC that algore attended--St. Albans. JJSr had plenty of money from his shakedowns and Operation Push donations. Maybe he taught Jr. how to skim a little for himself. The only time JJJ has been in the ghetto is when he has been trolling for votes. Why did they do it? Because they could.
If the named sum total was $700,000.00, you can bet you last dollar it was at least 10 times that amount. Maybe he can run a big bank when he get his sentence reduced at the next hearing. You know, steal $2 Billion, pay $10,000.00 fine.
"We´re going to take the only thing Chicago cares about--its money." Tom Hanks as Mike Sullivan in "The Road to Perdition." This was Three J´s mistake. Those campaign donations were supposed to be spent on bribes--to voters, to judges, to union goons, to aldermans, to election committees. He was supposed to buy bumper stickers and yard signs from union print shops. He was supposed to spread the wealth around. Instead, he bought bling and Michael Jackson memorabilia. The Chicago machine could not look away--not this time.
The writer is confused about her objective with this piece. She pretends "not to make excuses" for this criminal couple -- then, she proceeds to insinuate excuses.
And what a weird little sermonette Ms Singletary delivers at the end of this embarrassing piece: "Before you pass judgment on the Jacksons, think about the mess you might have made of your finances..."
Dear Ms. Singletary, many of us in America have not made a "mess" of our finances. We live within our means --while we pay through the nose for legions of liars and chiselers, and their enablers ... like you.
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