Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hastert stripped of teacher pension, still gets legislative and congressional ones

One down, two to go. The Illinois Teachers Retirement revoked sexual predator Dennis Hastert's yesterday. The state has the power to pull his General Assembly pension. What will Congress do about Hastert's federal pension?

From NBC Chicago:
Illinois state Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced Thursday that she wants disgraced former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert stripped of all taxpayer-funded pensions in the wake of his recent criminal conviction for violating banking rules and lying to the FBI.

"I urge you to immediately revoke Hastert's pension," Bertino-Tarrant wrote in a letter to the General Assembly Retirement System. "In light of what we now know about Hastert’s abuse of children and misuse of the public's trust, the taxpayers should no longer be required to pay for his retirement benefits."

1 comment:

Holding My Nose said...

Hastert's crimes are reprehensible, but there are other former (and current) members of Congress who have been less than law abiding. Instead of picking on Hastert why not just abolish all Congressional pensions and let them get by on Social Security like their constituents. That would be one way to ensure the strength and longevity of the program.