Who are these people who think they will never be held accountable for their actions? Oh yeah, democrats.
Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic, Menendez aides said Wednesday.Menendez (D-N.J.) initially contacted federal officials in 2009 about the government’s audit of Salomon Melgen, complaining to the director overseeing Medicare payments that it was unfair to penalize the because the billing rules were ambiguous, the aides said.
Last year, in a meeting with the acting administrator of the agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, Menendez again questioned whether federal auditors had been fair in their assessment of Melgen’s billing for eye injections to treat macular degeneration, the senator’s aides said.
Questioning the billing is fair. It is a mess. Questioning the billing on behalf of your donor and ride to hookerville? Not so good. This is the problem with getting favors and doing favors. If you are doing a favor but owe no one, you cannot be compromised or appear to be compromised. However, if you are waist deep in Russian and underage hookers in a villa owned by the guy who you are trying to help, it looks bad on the surface and is probably real bad underneath the surface.
Actually, saying democrats is not fair. It is everywhere in places where power is concentrated. Sooner or later you will be approached. Sooner or later, you’ll want to say yes because you can and you think nothing bad will happen to you for it.
I hope Menendez gets hammered over this. For nothing else but as a lesson for those who would follow in his footsteps. Remember politicians not only work for us, they are supposed to represent our better nature.
Anything else and the nation is doomed.