By Bill Maher
Lost in Bram Stoker's Giulani's recent brain farts was this nugget about Paul Manafort's conviction during a New York Daily News interview last month:
"It's a white-collar crime, who the heck is in jeopardy, the American public?"
Actually, he's onto something. When it comes to white-collar crimes, America's attitude is, "Meh." Manafort could be just the tip of a tax-and-bank fraud iceberg, but nobody cares to look. Why? As ProPublica points out:
"Resources have been stripped from white-collar enforcement. The FBI shifted agents to work on international terror in the wake of 9/11. White-collar cases made up about one-tenth of the Justice Department’s cases in recent years, compared with one-fifth in the early 1990s. The IRS’ criminal enforcement capabilities have been decimated by years of budget cuts and attrition. The Federal Election Commission is a toothless organization that is widely flouted."
This adds to the importance of Mueller's probe. Not only is it exposing a traitor, it's also reminding us how prevalent, bold and damaging white-collar criminals are. And sending a message to those that lost their will to prosecute criminal fat-cats that it's time to once again go after those that game the system. Remember, these are the architects of the 2008 meltdown that erased $34.4 trillion in wealth. Which—sorry, Rudy—does put people in "jeopardy."