Monday, April 10, 2006

Handouts for felons

The Houston Chronicle reports that when Tom DeLay officially resigns, he will immediately begin receiving his Congressional pension. EVEN if he's convicted.
The Sugar Land Republican, who will turn 59 on Saturday, would get a total of about $1.3 million in pension payouts in the next 20 years alone. DeLay also will be eligible to participate in the health plan available to all federal retirees.

His pension would be unaffected by any conviction on the campaign finance charges he faces in Travis County or any charges rising from the congressional lobbying scandal in which two of his former aides, and former ally and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, have pleaded guilty.
Question for Congressional Republicans: what's more morally reprehensible: a poor, undocumented farmworker sending his kid to a taxpayer-funded school, or an ex-Congressman who has been convicted of a felony getting a pension from the institution he tried to corrupt?


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