“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Turncoat Democratic Lobbyist Dick Gephardt

The Wall Street Journal ran an article earlier this week concerning Chinese telecom vendor Huawei Technologies.

At issue is the alleged connections Huawei may have with the Chinese military. It goes without saying that it would be a mistake to allow a telecom provider from a potential enemy country, with ties to that nation's military, to sell equipment into the US telecom networks.

To overcome this impression, Huawei has recruited the usual cast of US lobbyists with connections into the political arena.

To me, most notable among these is former Democratic House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt.

Whether Huawei has connections to the Chinese military is, in Gephardt's case, beside the point. Instead, consider that he was a rabid unionist when he was a Representative and Minority Leader.

So how can a staunch American union apologist now lobby for a foreign firm? Isn't it likely that Huawei's success will mean fewer American jobs and more Chinese ones?

Isn't this about the ultimate in whorish, hypocritical behavior by a one-time US elected official?

I guess so much for deeply-held convictions, beliefs and values by Dick Gephardt. Instead, he's as shallow and mercenary as they come.

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