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Roland W. Burris II received a $75,000 a year job from then-Governor Rod Blagojevich in early September 2008.  This came six weeks after the IRS slapped nearly $35,000 in fines against Burris II for failure to pay income tax.  The job itself?  Senior counsel to the state housing authority.  This appointment came three weeks after Burris II had his own home foreclosed upon.  So let me get this straight; a federal tax deadbeat with a foreclosed home somehow got appointed as a counsel to the state of Illinois' housing authority?

How exactly did Roland Burris the First ever become accepted as a Senator?

Did the Senate Democrats even bother vetting Mr. Burris?   I bet the Senate Republicans did.  That would explain why they didn't put up a fight against Mr. Burris, who has his own monument.  From now on, self-made monuments will always be seen as a "red flag".  But seriously, how many twists and turns have there been for Mr. Burris in just the past couple of weeks?   I think we all now know he was "being cute" in his testimony to the state house in regards to his contacts with Blagojevich.  Yet even after that, we found out that he did try to raise money for Mr. Blagojevich.  Unsuccessfully.   So how the heck is this guy still in D.C.?

I blame Bobby Rush's race-baiting when he criticized the Senate for not accepting Roland Burris in a way that suggested that race was involved.   Bobby Rush has always been a douche-nozzle.  Heck, he's such a douche-nozzle that some guy named "Barack Obama" tried to unseat him in 2000.   Thanks Bobby for being a real jerk face.  Now we're stuck with this ridiculous sideshow that will inevitably result in a temporary Senate vacancy and lead to a statewide showdown in 2010 that shouldn't have been difficult for the Democrats to win, with or without the foolishness of Blago the Clown.

Roland Burris has been consistently "cute".   Consistently not-forthcoming.   Consistently an embarrassment for the Democratic Party and the great state of Illinois.   (Bleep) him.

Originally posted to Setrak on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 07:25 AM PST.

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  •  Tips For Better Democrats (16+ / 0-)

    "Change has come to Washington, and I hope Karl Rove is ready for it. After two years of stonewalling, it's time for him to talk." Mr. John Conyers Jr.

    by Setrak on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 07:25:38 AM PST

  •  Nothing to see here (0+ / 0-)

    I find it really hard to believe that Burris is the most corrupt Senator in the U.S. Senate.  He's just a poor, black Democrat from the plains of Illinois trying to get by.  

    It's Illinois, people.  Chicago, for goodness sake.  The place is run by mobsters and criminals.  Everybody's a little crooked.  

  •  But, but... Roland (9+ / 0-)

    Burris asked Roland Burris how Roland Burris would feel about Roland Burris resigning, and how that would make Roland Burris's Monument to Roland Burris appear. Roland Burris decided that the best move for Roland Burris would be to continue the mega-manical Roland Burris tradition of doing what was best for Roland Burris."

    Roland Burris for Roland Burris

    well, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time...

    by Thinking Fella on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 07:33:00 AM PST

  •  What exactly do you think they should have done (2+ / 0-)
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    nightsweat, BleacherBum153

    to stop the seating of Burris? I don't think they had any legal option when he was appointed to prevent it.

    I demand prosecutions for torture.

    by heart of a quince on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 07:35:34 AM PST

  •  Christ, this guy NEEDS TO GO! (2+ / 0-)

    he made a monument for himself. he named his kid after himself. he takes the job apopinted by a corrupt gov bc he can't win himself.

    the guy is just nuts.

  •  Seems kind of strange (4+ / 0-)

    that Burris II got a job with a housing agency (that according to one senator, advises people on avoiding foreclosure), when his own home is in foreclosure and he's had a lien put on him from the IRS for $34,000 plus.

    Burris II had resolved two federal tax liens in 2005 before being hit with the $34,163 lien in July. That lien against his property seeks unpaid taxes for 2004, 2005 and 2007.

    A month after the IRS filed the lien, Burris II's lender filed its foreclosure suit. Since Burris II and his wife got the $372,000 mortgage on July 18, 2006, they've paid less than $3,000 on it, the suit alleges. The balance due is $406,685, including interest and penalties.

    •  I'm sort of torn on this (3+ / 0-)

      first, it's the son, not the father.

      Second, how does this fit in the timeline? Could it be more of a matter of who you know rather than a bribe?

      Third, if anyone starts hiring again, there will be tons of people who lost homes and/or owe the IRS money who will be looking for jobs.

      Fourth, does anyone know if Burris II had a legit dispute with the IRS? It happens.

      I will say, though, that getting a plum attorney job with the state seems to require that you follow the law.

      •  Are you suggesting that (1+ / 0-)
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        Colorado is the Shiznit

        any other lawyer being considered for a senior staff position for a housing agency would not be vetted about his personal housing experiences???

        Let's look at banking - a favorite topic these days.  If a major bank were advertsing for a senior bank compliance attorney, might they ask the applicants, "Have you ever embezzled from a major bank?"

        Or health care - another hot topic.  We are looking for a senior liability legal advisor for our hospital.  "Have you ever been sued for non-payment of hospital bills?"

        Oh, your name is Roland Burris.  Sorry for asking.  You're hired.

        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 08:19:21 AM PST

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        •  yes. It's no one's business (2+ / 0-)
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          BleacherBum153, freakofsociety

          you are assuming embezzlement or malfeasance. I have very deep feelings that employers SHOULD NOT be entitled to your personal financial history. They could do a judgment search, but your credit history and personal information is none of their fucking biz.

          •  If the employer is the government, (2+ / 0-)
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            Eman, skohayes

            then ANYONE is entitled to ask for exactly that. ESPECIALLY when the job is appointed, rather than based on civil service exams or other professional qualifications.

            •  Amen. Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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              It is a matter of PUBLIC TRUST.  Even the appearance of wrong-doing is inappropriate for public appointments.  Otherwise we wouldn't have appointees withdrawing their names from consideration when the appearance of impropriety emerges.

              Many on this site slam Illinois and all our elected officials "...after all, Chicago is in Illinois..." when they know nothing about our state-wide culture.

              Yes, Illinois has produced Roland Burris and Roland Burris II.

              However, we have also produced President Barack Obama and Senior Senator Dick Durbin, both of whom have set a high bar for public accountability and public trust.

              Thank you for your post :)

              "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

              by Eman on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 10:05:39 AM PST

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            •  Why are they doing it though? (0+ / 0-)

              Why were they looking through his records and stuff? That's the question you need to ask yourself.

              •  Because, in a properly functioning (0+ / 0-)

                universe where the media does its job, its job is to look closely at whether the public trust is being upheld.

                I lived in Chicago for years and really enjoyed it. I just paid no attention to local politics.

          •  I assume no such thing. I do expect that (0+ / 0-)

            appointed senior advisors in government must set for themselves higher standards as President Obama and Senior Senator Durbin have done.

            Defaulting on one's home mortgage is absolutely relevant to a statewide appointed job.

            If background checks and drug testing are relevant to clerk in a home supply store, then asking about personal mortgage history is relevant for any senior housing advisor.  Defaulting on one's home mortgage is absolutely relevant to a statewide appointed housing job.

            Whether it is your business or not, as a taxpayer in Illinois, it IS my "f$%*&@g biz."

            "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

            by Eman on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 10:11:27 AM PST

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            •  eh (0+ / 0-)

              I don't think government is entitled to drug testing either.

              People have mortgage problems now. While the IRS liens, I think, are more relevant, just because a mortgage is related to housing doesn't mean that has really anything to do with his job. I'm assuming that a senior housing attorney has more to do with setting policy in public housing. They MAY advise on state funding of public projects, but they don't do much with mortgages.

              When the dust clears, there will be a LOT of people with foreclosure on their records.

              •  I'm just not sure (2+ / 0-)
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                that someone who is supposed to be counseling people about staving off foreclosures, and has allegedly defrauded the government by not paying taxes (this is the third lien he's had, two others have been paid off), and is himself facing foreclosure is the best person for the job.
                According to the lender, he's lived in the house for two years and has only made about 2 payments.

                •  I don't know that that is his job (0+ / 0-)

                  usually counsel to a housing authority deals with public housing, not private mortgages. And there are many, many people with IRS problems. The minority of those folks are defrauding the government and it's a huge step to say that's the case here.

                •  I take that back (2+ / 0-)
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                  freakofsociety, skohayes

                  I looked up the Ill. state housing authority and it does have some first time buyer and foreclosure assistance.

                  It's odd to find myself defending a Burris, because I really don't like the senator and think he should resign, but I think there is a bigger issue here.

                  I predict there will be hundreds of thousands of people with mortgage problems on the job market in the near future. I also understand that every dispute with the IRS does not mean fraud. I'm hesitant to jump to the conclusion that Burris II is a deadbeat, when the problems he apparently has aren't explained in detail and when there will be so many people in trouble in the next two years if it becomes common practice to deny those with foreclosure on their records or tax problems employment.

                  I'm trying to look at a bigger picture here.

                  I think the bottom line is that he, if he's an appointee by the governor for his job, has a higher level of accountability IF that's part of the appointment process. If not is it fair to hold him to another standard because of his father?

                  Foreclosure doesn't automatically mean DEADBEAT these days. Tax issues don't automatically mean fraud. It sets my back up when folks jump to that conclusion.

              •  I agree there will be LOTs of foreclosures. (1+ / 0-)
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                But I don't want my state's senior housing advisor being a double deadbeat.  Multiple tax liens and foreclosure for a senior statewide official is not the high standard I expect.  That is obviously just my personal opinion, but I will stick with it.

                I'm looking for a cite right now because somewhere in all the Burris-Blago nonsense, I have a faint recollection that Burris justified one of his Blago associate phone calls because it only mentioned the Senate seat tangentially while the primary reason for the call was Burris "checking" (campaigning) about a job for his son.  I may be dead wrong on this, but I'm reviewing the transcripts.

                This thread however, did give me a new reason why some of us are so frustrated with Roland's many pontifications in the Papal Plural.

                "WE are the Junior Senator" = Roland I + Roland II + Rolanda

                "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

                by Eman on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 10:53:10 AM PST

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          •  I'm sorry but ksh he has a point n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Nail. In. Coffin. (1+ / 0-)
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    Colorado is the Shiznit

    He can still keep a line for being a US Senator on his pyramid.

  •  Yeah, Well so what (0+ / 0-)

    Snark ON

    So it turns out that Burris has been parsimonious
    with the truth. Well, so what.
    You seem to be forgetting one minor detail. We're talking about
    CONGRESS here. That means that LYING and back-room
    dealmaking are REQUIRED Credentials. That goes
    DOUBLE in the Chicago area, where obfuscation and
    disambulation have been raised to an art form.
    It's a Tradition. Besides, He was picked by BLAGO.
    What did you expect?

    Snark OFF

  •  good grief (1+ / 0-)
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    Randall Sherman

    They need to shuffle this corrupt lying hack back to his old political sewer er, uh, Chicago. THings/people like Burris, (Dodd, etc.) provides fodder for GOP in 2010.

  •  Hopefully, (1+ / 0-)
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    Colorado is the Shiznit

    this will provide the pressure to force the Senate into beginning expuulsion proceedings of Burris!

  •  Well, Duh. (0+ / 0-)

    Did the Senate Democrats even bother vetting Mr. Burris?

    The replacement Senator is named by the Governor in Illinois.

    The Senate Dems lost nothing in seating him while in not seating him just kept everything on the front page.

    Burris will be gone soon enough.


    Yes We DID!!!!!!! Now back to work!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Thu Feb 26, 2009 at 08:13:28 AM PST

  •  Ugh. (1+ / 0-)
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    Please, just shoot me now. This is effing ridiculous!

  •  Does Burris wear a wig? (1+ / 0-)
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    What's all this about "pay-toupee" politics?

    Does he rent one for ceremonial occasions? Who owns the wig shop?

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