Oh, What a Joke the DC Council Is: Harry Thomas Jr. Exhibit A

How can you  be an elected official  sued by an Attorney General for diverting (stealing) $300,000 in taxpayer money, have the FBI and IRS conduct an eight hour raid of your house, seize property and you still remain in office?  Only in DC government. Sadly, the behavior exhibited by Ward 5 council member Harry Thomas is what residents have come to expect from our elected officials: corruption or intent for unethical behavior.

Thomas can keep denying any wrongdoing until the cows come home but after this embarrassing ambush of his home, he really needs to give up the innocent act and resign from his seat immediately. This raid is surely a prelude to criminal charges which is even more reason for Thomas to step down and save what little face he has left. His constituents in Ward 5 who continue to stand by their man Harry, also really need to give up their hackneyed cries these are trumped up charges against Thomas because he’s black. These charges against Thomas are of his own making; he thought he could steal taxpayer money and get away with it. Race had nothing to do with it but stupidity and arrogance did.

But what’s more repugnant than Thomas’ behavior is the lack of condemnation and collective demand from his 12 other colleagues on the Council that Harry L Thomas Jr. resign. Council chair Kwame Brown’s lack of leadership and silence is particularly troubling. More on that later. Apparently, the council is considering asking Thomas to take a paid leave of absence and stripping him of his committee assignments amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Making DC government look even more farcical, like one big joke, is the council’s feeble attempt at ethics reform.  After scheduling hearings on ethics reform last month, council member Muriel Bowser drafted a bill without teeth. It still allows council members to maintain constituent service accounts, which are nothing more than slush funds they use to raise money and spend on anything but resident needs.  Washington Post columnist Colbert King commented recently about this mess Bowser created as “a toothless wonder.”

As the dust settles on this real-life corruption unfurling on the council, I bet DC council chair Kwame Brown is thinking he’s the next marked man in the line up for the federal raid brigade. The DC Board of Elections and Ethics referred his case to the US Attorney’s office in July. Apparently, Brown forget to report some $270,000 in 2008 campaign funds along with slipping his brother some $200, 000 to do “work for his campaign.”

It looks like truth or consequences time for some DC council members. But until DC residents start recalling candidates, demanding reforms and electing credible people to office, we all should grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the jokes the council keeps giving because it sure isn’t sound governance.

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7 Responses to “Oh, What a Joke the DC Council Is: Harry Thomas Jr. Exhibit A”

  1. Real one percent says:

    Why do the republicans disrespect the president and not call him by his title?

  2. The Relationship Between Inept Leaders (Primarily Affiliated with the Democratic Party) is Making U.S. born Blacks Fodder for the System!

    http://voices.yahoo.com/black-leaders-support-ku-klux-klan-8321947.html?cat=75

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/10/4177568/supreme-court-orders-new-trial.html

    http://www.ceyseau.net/

    Just as described in “Black Leaders Support the Ku Klux Klan” Inept/Treasonous Black Leaders, who are mainly affiliated with the Democratic Party, (Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas……being an exception because he is a Republican) in contemporary years contribute to making U.S. born descendants of slavery “Fodder for the System”.

    President Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus have the power and influence to recommend that the U.S. Congress (U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives) take action to impeach Justice Clarence Thomas, but thus far these individuals do not serve Black America.

  3. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mexico-remittances-20120112,0,6700884.story

    “Remittances to Mexico are rebounding, Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. sent an estimated 8% more money back to relatives last year compared with 2010, thanks to an improving U.S. job market.

    by Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 5:40 PM PST, January 11, 2012

    Head to 4th Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles and you’ll see signs of a labor market on the mend.

    At a Continental Currency Services Inc. branch, a check-cashing and money-transfer business, housekeeper Maria Guadalupe Gutierrez waited patiently in line on a recent afternoon to wire $200 to her mother in Chiapas, Mexico.

    Gutierrez used to send more before the economy tanked and clients stopped having their houses cleaned as frequently. But things have picked up lately, and she is getting more calls.

    “I hope it keeps getting better,” said Gutierrez, 38, before rushing off to finish errands downtown.

    Ending a three-year slump, remittances to Mexico are finally on the upswing, thanks to an improving U.S. job market. Analysts expect that money sent home last year by Mexicans living abroad, most of them residing in the United States, will top $23 billion when Mexico’s central bank releases annual figures this month. Although still below the peak of $26 billion in 2007, that would be a solid 8% increase over 2010……”

    Other ethnic groups are competing for finite resources to improve the quality of life in their own communities.

    The Black community cannot afford to remain silent when our own black leaders betray our community!

  4. Indeed Harry Thomas Jr. is a disgrace to the essence of what it means to be an elected official. Harry Thomas, Jr. can’t play the race card to escape being held accountable.

    It is good to see that more individuals are waking up to the reality that our own black leaders must be held accountable or removed from office in the event he or she disgraces the “oath of office” and duty to serve the people.

  5. Hi CBC,

    The political landscape in DC is beyond repair – all across the board.

  6. Wayne Perryman says:

    Dear Friends:

    Yesterday we received the final brief from Obama’s attorneys on the lawsuit we filed against Obama and the Democratic Party for racism Case No C-11-1503 MJP. And it is hard to believe that in 2011, there is a political party that believes so strongly in the racist practices of Jim Crow and slavery, that they will hire one of the most prestigious law firms in the country to defend those practices rather than to simply apologize. In several of our briefs we provided facts showing that Democrats and their leaders:

    Literally cut blacks up in pieces
    Burned them alive
    Beat them to death
    Burn down black communities
    Bombed black churches
    Lynched thousands of blacks
    Proudly endorsed the institution of slavery to enslave millions of blacks
    Called Republicans “Nigger Lovers”
    Call the original Republican Party “Black Republicans”
    Killed blacks outside the voting booth who voted Republican
    Killed white teachers who taught black students
    Burned down black schools
    Proudly called themselves “the Party of White Supremacy”
    Stacked the United Supreme Court with Pro-slavery and racist judges
    Sponsored racist legislation from Jim Crow Laws to Black Codes and Fugitive Slave Laws
    Supported Judge John Ferguson in the case of “Plessy v Ferguson” & opposed Brown v. Board of Education
    Praised the Dred Scott Decision that classified blacks as “property”
    Fought the integration of Public Schools
    Forced blacks to sit in the back of the bus and in the balcony of movie theatres
    Killed little black girls in their Sunday School classes
    Hung blacks without a trial
    Decapitated blacks and formed terrorist organization like the Ku Klux Klan
    Denied blacks employment
    Force them to go to the backs of resturants to be served
    Made all types of racist statements including the following by Lyndon Johnson

    “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they got something now that they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now wee got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down and not enough to make a difference. For if ewe don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way to stopping them, we will lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again….”

    After all of this, they have the audacity ask blacks for their vote, then they hire the most powerful attorneys in the country so they will never have to apologize to African Americans and the whites that support African Americans. Never before in the history of the world has any group ever done this. Germany apologized to Jews, Congress apologized to Japanese, and South Africa apologized, but the Democratic Party feel that is was their right to treat blacks as they did and that blacks do not deserve an apology. This is why I am spending every dime I have – to finance and sponsor this lawsuit. They have to be insane! This precisely why their name ends with “rats.” — Past this one to everyone on your e-mail list and facebook.

    Rev. Wayne Perryman

  7. Jim Tapscott says:

    The DC council is infected with the same arrogant, we can do no wrong, cause we black, attitude that seems to be endemic in liberal/progressives political sphere. Should we then assume that they should not be held to a higher standard…….because they are not expected to have any? Hmmm!

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