Monday, March 31, 2008

Another crooked Republican on the way out

It should happen this morning: Bush's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Alphonso Jackson, is expected to announce his resignation at a press conference at 9:45 this morning.

I'm not sure why it is, but I think part of the problem is that the Republicans are at least neutral, if not actively hostile, to the mission of HUD. If that's the case, and if your agency isn't doing anything that really should be done, why not use it as your personal piggy bank, or as a way to funnel profit opportunities to your friends, or as an opportunity to punish your enemies?

That's what they did when Reagan was president, and that's what Jackson did under Bush, and now, as when Reagan was president, Jackson's been caught.

So HUD is once again a hotbed of corruption, local housing authorities don't know from one month to the next how much they're going to get to run their vital programs, and homelessness is still getting worse.

Once again, they've proven Howard Dean right: the Republicans can't be trusted with money.


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