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Culture of Corruption Still Exists

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The spin machine was working overtime yesterday.

First, there was Tom DeLay, trying to blame liberals for his resignation from Congress.

Get serious. It wasn't pressure from liberals that forced DeLay to hang it up. It was his own greed, arrogance, hypocrisy - and criminality - that finally caught up with him.

Then, there were his fellow Republicans, trying to make us believe that the issue of corruption has suddenly disappeared, now that Delay has resigned his seat in Congress.

Fat chance!

First, DeLay himself is hardly out of trouble. Even after his resignation, he's still on trial in Texas for laundering campaign contributions. And, now that his top two aides in Washington have admitted taking bribes from Jack Abramoff, he's expected to be the next one nailed in that scandal, too.

And he's not the only Republican in trouble.

Jack Abramoff, the top Republican lobbyist, is under investigation for bribing members of Congress.

Bill Frist, the top Republican in the Senate, is under investigation for insider trading.

Bob Ney, Richard Pombo, John Doolittle, and Katherine Harris - leading Republican members of Congress - are under the gun for taking cash from Abramoff.

Scooter Libby, former top Republican aide in the White House, has been indicted for lying to the grand jury.

And Karl Rove and Dick Cheney - after Bush, the two most powerful Republicans in the White House - are under investigation for violating national security by leaking the identity of Valerie Plame.

So, you see, Delay's resignation isn't the end of the culture of corruption. It's just the beginning.

Tom DeLay may soon be gone. But - from the House to the Senate to the White House - the stink of Republican corruption remains.