Punishments to fit the politicians' crimes

I enjoyed the letter "A punishment that fits the crime: Sentence Schurick to register African-American voters." Tailoring punishment to fit crimes is exactly what good judges do.

Here are some additional suggestions:

Sentence Democratic congressman and admitted tax cheat Charlie Rangel to perform community service work on behalf of the Tea Party Express or any other non-government entity that promotes responsible taxation initiatives and represents a middle class overtaxed in large measure due to corporate and personal tax cheats. Obama Administration appointee and confessed tax cheat Timothy Geithner can be sentenced to the same thing because long before he was writing tax law for the Obama administration, Mr. Geithner was cheating on his taxes and ripping off the American people.

Former Baltimore mayor and petty thief Sheila Dixon should be sentenced to 30 days in a Baltimore City public housing project for the theft of gift cards destined for poor children.

Vice President Joe Biden said of former New Jersey governor and senator Jon Corzine "The reason we called Jon is that we knew that he knew about the economy, about world markets, how we had to respond, unlike almost anyone we knew." This statement in and of itself goes a long way toward explaining why the Obama administration has made so many wrong turns on the economy.

Because in the days since Messrs. Obama and Biden took turns praising Mr. Corzine, it's been revealed that the company Mr. Corzine led was ripping off investors left and right. Oh, and he seems to have lost $1.2 billion. If Mr. Corzine ever goes to trial, the judge should take into account the millions of Americans who have lost all or part of their pensions because of the negligence and/or corruption of people like him. Many Americans will be forced to work long after their intended retirement date due to the type of corporate greed and negligence Jon Corzine represents. Hence, 90 days as a Wal-Mart greeter or cashier might be the appropriate punishment for Mr. Corzine, and for all those fat-cat CEOs who pay such little mind to the financial well-being of their middle-class and pension fund investors.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi promised to "drain the swamp" when Democrats took over Congress in 2006. During the two years that followed, we came to find that Ms. Pelosi, along with fellow Democrats Charlie Rangel, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, were some of the largest alligators in the swamp. They proceeded to give us the two worst years in Congressional history, mountains of debt and a financial mess that they helped create but that they couldn't fix. For these and other transgressions, and for disparaging the good creatures who actually live in swamps (and are not nearly as objectionable as the above mentioned politicians), what could be more appropriate than a quick (but not too quick) dunk in the Everglades?

Michael DeCicco, Severna Park

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