Jewish World Review March 28, 2001 / 4 Nissan, 5761
The Senate’s charity case
NOW we know which political party is truly the Party Of The Little People. Noble Senate Democrats have come to the aid of a downtrodden
woman. They are furiously passing the plate for this destitute soul, pulling out all the stops to help her get back on her feet.
Who is this charity case? Not a welfare mom. Not a Cuban refugee. Not a homeless teen. It’s poor little Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the
former dot-com executive who spent $10 million she doesn’t have to win her seat. Cantwell’s personal fortune, estimated at $40 million, went
poof when her tech-heavy portfolio plunged last fall. Her campaign debt reported at the end of December was $4.3 million.
Young staffers went uncompensated for months. Dozens of small businesses still await payments. Two weeks ago, Cantwell failed to pay a
hefty bank loan for which she had used her volatile stock in Seattle-based RealNetworks as collateral. Cantwell has another bank note due in
full in June.
Bills, bills, bills. What’s a politician on the public dole to do? Cantwell’s deep-pocketed colleagues in the Senate feel her pain. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, this week that "this is a very hard time" for Cantwell. Well, break out the
ultra-strength Kleenex and super-sized checkbooks. "We're trying to raise money to help her, trying to give her good advice - good financial
advice," Feinstein said.
Cantwell will certainly be learning from a pro. Feinstein, the eighth richest member of Congress, is worth an estimated $50 million. How did she
make the big bucks? She married multimillionaire businessman Richard Blum, who has helped Feinstein secure shady loans and refinanced one
of their many lavish homes to fund her Senate campaigns.
Also on the Cantwell salvation army band: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York). She plans to hold a fund-raiser for her impoverished
colleague next month at her $2.85 million mansion in Washington, D.C. Like Feinstein, money honey Hillary is a financial whiz who can give
Cantwell sage advice on such varied topics as securing lucrative book deals, speculating in cattle futures, saving money on home furnishings,
stiffing struggling waitresses, and purchasing not one, but two, seven-figure homes (with favorable mortgage terms, of course) -- all while
carrying more than $5 million in legal debts she owes with that guy who’s loafing around her house in Chappaqua.
The filthy rich Democratic men of the Senate are offering a gallant hand and open wallet, as well. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has
reportedly offered to host a fund-raiser for Cantwell and hook her up to his Massachusetts campaign donor base. Kennedy, of course, is the
senior heir of his daddy’s booze biz fortune – totaling some $850 million, according to Forbes magazine. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) – who
earned his wealth as a glorified ambulance chaser -- chaired a $200,000 fund-raiser for Cantwell at his D.C. mansion last week.
By day, these loaded Senate Democrats attack President Bush and the Republicans for catering to the rich and powerful. They oppose income
tax cuts, capital gains tax cuts, and death tax cuts. They oppose school vouchers for poor children. They champion campaign finance reforms
to punish big political spenders like Cantwell, then fill their nights drumming up dollars for themselves and cash-strapped colleagues…like
Such are the Democrat Party’s grand acts of compassionate liberalism. Where would we little people be without
JWR contributor Michelle Malkin can be reached by clicking here.
03/23/01: Humorless at Harvard
03/21/01: Hollywood’s Bush-bashers
03/16/01: Why is trial involving marathon torture session by gays against a teen being ignored?
03/14/01: George W. Gore?
03/12/01: Ralph & George & Fannie & Freddie
03/08/01: Sen. Robert Byrd, ex-Klansman
02/28/01: Backstreet Boy’s off-key crusade
02/23/01: Don’t fund dubious reading programs
02/21/01: Freedom and "the Freak"
02/16/01: Mr. Bush, give back this church
02/14/01: Torricelli turns on his friends
02/12/01: The FICA tax fakeout
02/07/01: In search of honorable men
02/05/01: Ally McBeal’s trophy baby
02/01/01: Mel and Bill: Bosom buddies
01/29/01: Gun shows under fire
01/24/01: American citizenship for sale?
01/22/01: Look who supports AmeriCorps
01/17/01: Some questions about Elaine Chao
01/15/01: What America owes me
01/10/01: Temptation and trash TV
01/05/01: Cop-haters welcome in Hollywood
01/02/01: Ignoring a hate crime in D.C.
12/26/00: Use ultrasound to combat abortion
12/26/00: Pardon Clinton? Just say no!
12/21/00: Smacking down free speech
12/18/00: Brace yourselves for Floridation
12/14/00: Blame enviros for electric mess
12/11/00: UNICEF's deadly mission
12/06/00: The Amish vs. the feds
12/04/00: Downey and the Drug War
11/29/00: Let the sun shine on the Supremes
11/22/00: Peace prize for a murderer?
11/20/00: Baby Boom parents are asleep on the job
11/15/00: Fog horns of the Fourth Estate
11/10/00: Who cares about election fraud now?
11/08/00: Ms. Houston, you have a problem
11/03/00: The Million Mom Murmur
11/01/00: GOP revolutionaries head for the hills
10/27/00: My impeachment referendum
10/25/00: Gore’s Good Daddy Gambit
10/23/00: Tribulations of a dubious 'tribe'
10/20/00: Pharmaceutical butchers of Beijing
10/16/00: How the West was seized
10/12/00: Fight the anti-pesticide pests
10/10/00: Moochers at the multiplex
10/05/00: Pay for your own day care
10/02/00: Not every senior demands a handout
09/27/00: Racial hype at the Olympics
09/25/00: Watch the other Washington
09/20/00: Textbook case of media arrogance
09/18/00: New York: Land of medical pork
09/13/00: Voices from the womb
09/11/00: No cure for generational pain
09/08/00: Notes on a West Coast wilding
09/06/00: Race matters at Washington Post
09/01/00: For those who labor 24/7
08/28/00: There's something about Rudy
08/25/00: A conservative case against Napster
08/22/00: Death Row Marv mocks justice
08/18/00: The party of Maxine Waters
08/14/00: "Make-A-Wish" shoots down dreams
08/10/00: Who will stop Bill Lann Lee?
08/07/00: Emily Dickinson's lesson for rude drivers
08/03/00: Leave the slogans behind
07/31/00: Hey, GM: Build cars, not quotas
07/28/00: Stop milking The Juice
07/24/00: Silencing Jeff Jacoby
07/21/00: Score another one for TV execs who want to keep us brain-dead
07/17/00: Can somebody say McStupid?
07/12/00: Beware of Ugly Building Syndrome
07/10/00: The miracle of a lead pencil
07/07/00: Partying on the people’s dime
06/29/00: When "Indians" exploit their own
06/23/00: Kids in a public school daze
06/21/00: Fed up with Fannie and Freddie
06/19/00: D.C.'s gag order for Christians
06/16/00: Dads, daughters, and PETA's spoilsports
06/13/00: Tune out Eminem's pitiful "poetry"
06/07/00: "Pained" Dem leader Torricelli deserves to feel some; Why hasn't he?
06/05/00: Tom Green's hidden health-care lesson
06/01/00: Farming out the pork
05/30/00: The perils of medical quackery
05/26/00: Awarding medals by race is a disgrace
05/22/00: Have Simon & Schuster execs lost their minds!?
05/17/00: Sports plebes vs. plutocrats
05/15/00: Whitewashing Red China's record
05/12/00: Our mothers' hands
05/08/00: Focus on the real Waco
05/05/00: An Internet victim's sad story
05/03/00: Phony pooh-bahs of journalism
05/01/00: Zoo tragedy triggers dumb reaction
04/24/00: Ecoterrorists on the loose
04/19/00: Beware of Elian's psychobabblers
04/17/00: The truth about Erin Brockovich
04/13/00: In defense of an armed citizenry
04/10/00: Playing hardball with taxpayers
04/06/00: Read W.'s lips: More new spending
04/04/00: The liberal media-in-training
03/31/00: Sticking it to the children
03/28/00: Declaring war on HOV lanes
03/22/00: Clinton and the Echo Boomers
03/17/00: Is Bush a Liddy Dole Republican?
03/13/00: Katie and the politics of disease
03/10/00: Maria H, Granny D, and the media Z's
03/07/00: Bubba Van Winkle wakes up
03/03/00: Double standard for day traders?
02/28/00: Sluts and nuts --- and our daughters
02/24/00: Zoning out religious freedom
02/15/00: The Baby Brain Boondoggle
02/10/00: Buddhist temple untouchables
02/08/00: CDC: Caught Devouring Cash
02/04/00: Hillary's poisoned poster child
02/01/00: Corporate welfare on ice
01/28/00: The silly sound of silence
01/26/00: The Old Media meltdown
01/20/00: The pied pipers of KidCare
01/18/00: Our imperious judiciary
01/14/00: Tune out Columbine chorus
01/12/00: Dying to be an American
01/10/00: Time for smokers' revolt?
12/30/99: Reading, writing, PlayStation?
12/27/99: Fight money-grubbing mallrats
12/23/99: Christmas for Cornilous Pixley
12/20/99: Who will help the Hmong?
12/16/99: Shame on corn-fed politicians
12/13/99: EPA vs. the American Dream
12/09/99: Look behind the Pokemon curtain
12/06/99: Amateur hour in Seattle
11/30/99: Stop the Ritalin racketeers
11/23/99: Welfare for a sports fatcat
11/19/99: Jeb Bush's political ploy of the week
11/16/99: Ben & Jerry serve up junk science
11/12/99: A monumental waste of our veterans' resources
11/10/99: Tax-and-spend schizophrenia
11/05/99: Spooky Guy Haunts the Capital
11/02/99: Mourning the loss of the last Liberty Tree
10/27/99: AOL goes AWOL on parents
10/22/99: The persecution of Harry Potter
10/20/99: Don't doctor the law
10/14/99: The trouble with kids today
10/12/99: Pro-animal, pro-abortion, anti-speech?
10/07/99: Beltway press corps needs more skunks
09/30/99: ESPN overlooks athlete of faith, grace, and guts
09/27/99: Personal freedom going up in smoke
09/15/99: Farewell, "Miss" America
09/10/99: Will George W. work for a color-blind America?
09/03/99: Feminization of gun debate drowns out sober analysis
08/27/99: America is abundant land of equal-opportunity insult
08/10/99: Protect the next generation from diversity do-goodism
08/04/99: Sweepstakes vs. state lottery: double standards on gambling
07/21/99: "True-life tales from the Thin Red Line"
(or "Honor those who sacrificed their lives for peace")
07/21/99: Reading, 'Riting, and Raunchiness?
07/14/99: Journalists' group-think is not unity
06/30/99: July Fourth programming for the Springer generation
06/25/99: Speechless in Seattle
06/15/99: Making a biblical argument against federal death taxes
© 2001, Creators Syndicate