I Wonder: Does Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Have a Deep Freezer?
By: Michael John McCrae
I must weigh in on this Democrat Congresswoman Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson who took liberties with a scholarship program sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation, to hand scholarships to 23 of her kinfolk. I address this simply as an outside observer to the inner workings of a Program run by Democrats. This scholarship program has been abused by someone who was supposed to be honestly and honorably responsible to award these funds to children other than direct relatives through nepotism. Her defense is that she â€œdidnâ€™t knowâ€ and that she was â€œsorryâ€ for giving away money to applicants not in her own congressional district, or the districts of any other CBC member.
Twenty-three counts of fraud against another member of Congress. The question is, will she be arrested, charged and put before a jury of peers. Well, her peers are already circling the wagons to protect this 18-year member of the fraud-laden Congress. This may be another case where a Democrat apology, attached to a payback of what was stolen will be all the gold necessary to purchase her â€œGet-out-of-Jail-freeâ€ card. Reference: Barney Frank and his page bordello, Charles Rangel with his 54 counts of fraud and tax evasion, Tim Geitner, tax evader, John Kerry, tax evader, Maxine Waters and her current ethics violations and Tom Daschle, tax evader. Are any of those folks behind bars?
Media is not covering this story because it concerns a Democrat for one thing; a black Democrat for another; a woman Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. None of that should matter. She is the person who defrauded children who should have benefitted from the scholarship program; passing out money like candy to her own grandchildren.
The lengthy article appeared in the â€œDallas Morning Newsâ€. Written by Todd J. Gillman, he goes into detail with a solid report, well sourced. Quoting from his August 31st article entitled: â€œRep. Eddie Bernice Johnson says she’ll repay scholarship funds by week’s endâ€: “While I am not ashamed of helping, I did not intentionally mean to violate any rules in the process,” Johnson said in a written statement issued Monday night, after two days of national scrutiny and sniping from critics, including her campaign opponent. “To rectify this matter immediately, I will reimburse the funds by the end of this week.”
So the Congresswoman believes she can â€œrectify the matterâ€ by paying back stolen money. She can afford it; having been a member of Congress for 18 years, but thatâ€™s not the point. Had this been anyone else not associated with the American Congress, arrest and incarceration would have been the almost immediate result. This is a glaring double standard.
Now the Honorable Mrs. Johnson is 74-years old. This being a first time offense might get her probation by a lenient Democrat-selected judge. There is no question she should return every penny she â€œignorantlyâ€ took from the program. It would be wise for the CBC to simply accept the apology, the returned money and her convoluted explanations; thank her for her service and tell her to go home. Like most congress people making rules these days they donâ€™t bother to read the things (i.e. National Health Care) and then are permitted to claim ignorance (i.e. Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters) when they get caught breaking the very laws they wrote.
Quoting Mr. Gillmanâ€™s article: â€œLast week, Johnson initially defended her scholarship choices, then acknowledged violating the scholarship rules, though she said she did so “unknowingly.” She also said that all qualified applicants have gotten a share of scholarship funds each year, and that she might not have picked relatives had there been more qualified applicants.â€
I would want statements like that investigated. Were her grandchildren actually â€œmore qualifiedâ€ for these funds? Even being more qualified, did any of these relatives live in her congressional district, or in any district under the CBC program? Who determined her grandchildren were entitled to two scholarships apiece while other applicants, not family, were only entitled to one? A trial, with investigation and discovery would answer these questions. An apology with payback just doesnâ€™t seem appropriate. Censure and impeachment might be more of a deterrent against future abuse.
I recommend reading Mr. Gillmanâ€™s detailed report. Itâ€™s a real page-turner.