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As always, money was the factor – donations dipped in to, favors being bought, sums not reported – a veritable grab-bag of questionable practices from those elected officials whose reputations go from squeaky-clean to odiferous in a matter of minutes.
This week is was House Majority Speaker Jim Wright, who offered a tearful apology and resignation, quickly followed by House Whip Tony Coehlo who likewise faced Ethics violation charges, but his were over an alleged $100,000.00 insider trading junk bond acquisition.
It marked the first time a House Speaker was forced from office by allegations of misconduct.
Ironically, the one leveling the charges and clucking jubilantly was none other than that newly-minted Paragon of Squeaky-Clean, Newt Gingrich.
Oh, how history comes around and around and around.
So this installment of the CBS Radio program Newsmark devoted a goodly amount of time to the fallout of the scandal – this newly uncovered hotbed of misconduct to grip Capitol Hill and wonders of just how far and to whom else these career-melting allegations touched. Only time would tell.
Elsewhere; news on the rising number of homeless Women was being looked at. Alarming rates of addiction and alcoholism were a major contributing factor. The 80’s were just like that. Shades of more and worse looming.
And China was undergoing an upheaval, with protests urging a shift to Democracy taking place in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The sound of constant being heard under the Politburo wasn’t that of air-conditioners, but rather the sound of Mao turning in his grave.
And that’s how this particular week was girding up, since May 28th was a Sunday and there was still Memorial Day to observe on Monday.
We giggle and roll our eyes now.But then . . . .