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MARCH 2000 | VOL. 4, NO. 3



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Congressional Criminals
Congress is a representation of the people, but what are they representing?

The Constitution of the United States was written to ensure that our government would be comprised by a representative sample of our population. The Founding Fathers wanted it in writing that the American government wouldn't become an elitist society that is out of touch with its constituents and the real world. A quick scan of the 535 current members of congress shows that these representatives may be too much of a core sample and not enough the cream of the crop. In their corrupt and illegal dealings, they epitomize the degradation of American society where such "petty" crimes are becoming too common place and accepted.

Here are the numbers that shape our country:

29: accused of spousal abuse
7: arrested for fraud
19: accused of writing bad checks
117: bankrupted at least two businesses
3: arrested for assault
71: cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14: arrested on drug-related charges
8: arrested for shoplifting
21: current defendants in lawsuits
84: stopped for drunk driving in 1998 alone

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