Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Zell Miller and Money

David Sirota has a nifty little piece on this ex-Democrat and current foaming-at-the-mouth wingnut:

Georgia political analyst Bill Shipp reports that former Sen. Zell Miller - the guy who piously brags about his own integrity - essentially stole $80,000 from Georgia taxpayers upon leaving office when he was governor.

According to Shipp, who was quoting a WSB-TV investigation, Miller "pocketed more than $60,000 in taxpayer funds earmarked for entertainment and other expenses at the Governor's Mansion." Miller "also picked up a check for more than $20,000 for 'unused leave' - a sum to which he was not entitled as a constitutional officer."

Hilariously, Zell explained himself by "say[ing] that he was technically eligible to take the mansion money as his own because no one said he could not."

That's wingnuts ethics in a nutshell: some technical manual, somewhere, must tell them what is wrong. Otherwise it's ok to go ahead. I have had several righties explain that we need to have religion and holy books such as the Bible, because if there is no fear of hell people will just do whatever they wish, including mass murder. This makes me scared of the righties. If all that keeps them from mass murder is religion... In any case, the most recent mass murders in Iraq and in London were elicited by religion, not the other way round.

But to get back to Miller, I think that he just may have gone nuts.