Tarry for the Nonce

January 4, 2006

It Gives One Pause

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:03 am

My mother forwarded me an email about the criminal activity of the U.S. Congress. I didn’t investigate the particular crime statistics, but some reputable sources seem to think it a legitimate summary of a series of Capitol Hill Blue articles in 1999:

29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.
7 have been arrested for fraud.
19 have been accused of writing bad checks.
117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.
3 have been arrested for assault.
71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a credit card.
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.
8 have been arrested for shoplifting.
21 are current defendants in lawsuits.

And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.

To be sure, some members are serial offenders, but those numbers are still astonishing. Are the American people sure that character doesn’t count?



  1. They should be term-limited.

    Comment by auntlori — January 4, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Scary stuff.

    By the way, what would you all think of increasing the size of the House of Representatives and selecting members by lottery? I think that it would be an interesting experiment.

    Comment by Troy — January 5, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

  3. I should point out that being accused of spousal abuse, running a business that goes into bankruptcy, having bad credit, or being sued are not actually crimes.

    Comment by Toly — January 5, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Nice point Toly….as usual, I went straight to snopes w/ this…

    This article indicates the story is vaguely true, based on the resources cited at Capitol Hill Blue; however, the article does point out that this little piece of journalism doesn’t seem to cite any sources. If this is truly the case, then can it really be considered journalism?

    Not to defend Congress…I hardly trust anything over email without checking snopes &/or the sources first.

    Comment by Andrew P. — January 6, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

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