The former mayor of Bell, California, was too stupid and uneducated to know his $100,000 salary for the part-time city job was illegal, his lawyer argued today.
Oscar Hernandez is illiterate, has no high school degree and didn’t even finish elementary school, defense attorney Stanley Friedmand told jurors.
Hernandez and five former members of the Bell City Council are on trial, accused of stealing $1.3million in exorbitant pay from the working-class city of 35,000.
We’re told that we can’t have voter literacy tests because they’re racist. But can we at least have politician literacy tests? Otherwise we’re electing people whose defense is that they’re too stupid to know that crime is criminal.
Without politician literacy tests, every politician can just argue that he’s too stupid to be let out of the house. And in the Obama\Biden era that is no longer a disqualification for public office.
Mayor Oscar Hernandez was not too stupid to run for office or collect a huge paycheck. But when it comes to serving time, then he is suddenly too stupid to be aware of what he was doing.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Edward Miller took aim at the defendants, saying that instead of serving their low-income constituents, they were more interested in fattening their wallets.
“I’m talking about taking big money — money from poor people, money from tenants in low-income housing,” he said.
Well obviously. That is what the Democratic Party does. That is what Obama has been doing. If Hernandez is to be imprisoned, why not also lock up Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the gang?
Instead we have the Too-Big-To-Jail politics where a Jesse Jackson goes down for an expensive watch, but the people at the top hand out billions to their friends in return for millions in donations.
Miller called Bello’s work with the food bank, a job he was given after resigning from the council, a scam.
“Every time one of the recipients looked at him as an angel of mercy, they were actually looking at nothing more than a charlatan, a fake, a phony, a $100,000-a-year volunteer,” he said.
I hate to break it to Miller, but the Do-Gooder Democratic complex consists of $1,000,000-a-year volunteers. Elizabeth Warren wouldn’t sneeze at you for $100,000. Most non-profits are run by men and women making far more than 100 grand.
And how stupid and illiterate is Hernandez anyway?
“Since my first day as mayor, my priority has been to make Bell a city its residents can be proud to call home. I apologize that the council’s past decisions with regard to the indefensible administrative salaries have failed to meet that test.”
That doesn’t sound like an illiterate man, but like your run-of-the-mill crooked Democratic Party weasel