Letter to the Editor: Drain the swamp

Dear Editor: 

Roy Moore, a Republican, is running for senator of Alabama. He is accused of sexual harassment. Is he guilty? He will probably lose the election. 

Bill Clinton was accused of many sexual indiscretions but served two terms. He lied to Congress and the American people. What was his punishment? He lost his law license. He didn’t need it because he gets almost half a million dollars for a one-hour speech in Russia. Who needs it? 

President Kennedy was also guilty of sexual indiscretions but no charges were filed. Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo Koepeckne in a watery grave and went to “sleep it off” before reporting it. He and other men took their girlfriends for a special time together and what was his punishment? He was elected to serve as chairman of the Ethics Committee. 

Now we learn about Al Franken. He was being groomed to run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020. And these sleazy politicians are wondering if he should be put out of office. Really? Now we learn our state senator, Tony Mendoza, is also accused. 

On top of all this, we learn that $15.2 million of our tax money is used to pay off the ladies who have sexual harassment complaints against our government leaders. We should demand the names of these sleazeballs be released. They should be put out of office with no pension. But probably nothing will happen. 

The only upside that could happen is maybe this is the only way to “drain the swamp” since we can’t get much-needed term limits.

Another issue: I’m not a tax expert but I noticed in Jim Hightower’s article, whose articles appear often in the Downey Patriot, that he is concerned that President Trump’s tax plan will add $1.5 trillion to our national debt. I don’t recall in his other articles that he showed any interest when President Obama increased our debt more than all previous presidents combined. 

Elsa Van Leuven
Downey