Dem Mayor Claims He Was Too Stupid To Know Stealing is a Crime

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


It’s the Mexican Joe Biden.

Let’s call this the Joe Biden Defense.

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

  • JCS

    Sounds like a future czar for Obama.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      It certainly wouldn't sound like Obama, he would never apologize for taking more money
      than is proper or legal, he would just take it all and defy you to do anything about it.
      William

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Most importantly, those who scam the public's coffers help in the deconstruction of the US, layer by layer. And this is precisely what the radical Dems have in mind and why jail time is never their fate – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/07/barack-hussei

      Criminals are literally running the public's daily business and they get away with it.

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Mary Sue

    And their idiot constituents will gladly re-elect him because they all have rap sheets as well.

  • Questions

    This is a Hispanic ethnic scam, first and foremost. Democratic Party membership is an auxiliary trait.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This is a Hispanic ethnic scam, first and foremost. Democratic Party membership is an auxiliary trait."

      How is that?

  • Flowerknife_us

    It doesn't speak well of the voters. Especially the Demoncrats who had to have put him up for office. Those are the handlers who knew the Voters who would vote.

    Ya gotta love Public Education. Where learning stupid is on the rise.

  • Gee

    Stupidity is not a valid excuse of the law, nor is ignorance.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Stupidity is not a valid excuse of the law, nor is ignorance."

      Technically no. But in leftist la-la land it is a "mitigating factor" to reduce your punishment to basically nothing.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    We see this but Democrats under Obama take trillions and no one can really tell
    where it all is and just how much is payoff to political cronies, go figure, will we ever
    understand he is behind the largest fraud in World History?……………..William

  • FPF

    The attorney knew what he was doing, he just tried to test if he and Hernandez can get away with it if the judge and/jurors are dumb. He should be disbarred. If he won, Hernandez's money goes to him and citizens of Bell get nothing.

  • Sean Amodon

    What about the voters who voted for this guy?.

    • JacksonPearson

      The dirty little secret…Bell, CA is probably 75% Hispanic illegal aliens.

  • Bob Jones

    Mexifornia's future! Dont forget the invasion is essentially a criminal conspiracy by leftists
    politicians in Mexico (they now brag how good their economy is doing with low unemployment)
    and the Dem-marxist Party of the USA. Massive tax costs for uneducated drones (some of them
    even mayors too funny) and a whole new constituency. Multiculturalism Indeed>>> Homos,
    La Raza, and now even fascist muslims. Filthy democrats! Let me count the ways I despise
    the Dims Party!

  • TheRandyGuy

    Sorry, but we have more important issues than greedy politicians. As a society, we have decided that graft and corruption doesn't matter that much anymore (Look at the dirt in the Obama administration and we didn't care then). Lock up violent criminals and stop wasting time trying to put away greedy a-holes like this: They are the vast majority of our government "officials", anyway.

  • GratefulAl

    " Stupid is as stupid does" – (Forest Gump) – doesn't even apply anymore?