pay to play

Any guesses on whether this will happen?

From The Hill:

A bipartisan contingent of freshman and sophomore lawmakers is pushing House appropriators to cut the salaries of lawmakers by $8,700 each next year.

The 5 percent cut would save taxpayers $4.7 million and comes more than a month after Congress voted and President Barack Obama signed a measure to freeze congressional pay for 2011.

Are you holding your breath? Then again... They already do make most of their money when they hit the ground running as lobbyists. So a haircut now wouldn't be unfathomable.

Paying to Play And Paying The Price

Now crossposted to DailyKos and Docudharma.

The Daily News has obtained an exclusive photo of President George W. Bush shaking hands with Isaac Toussie's father;1 the photo had been taken earlier this year. According to Daily News political correspondent Celeste Katz, it was not immediately clear whether the photo was snapped before or after Toussie's father made his April contribution of $28,500 to the Republican National Convention.

The timing of the picture -- both the appearance of it now, as well as whether it was taken before or after the hefty contribution -- could significantly add to the potential controversies that the Bush Administration and the Republican party have to worry about, particularly with regard to Bush's legacy.

Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP

The Bush-Toussie picture was first published exclusively on the New York Daily News; the Bush-Abramoff photo was found on Tennesseefree.com and was apparently originally posted on MSNBC.msn.com