Jesse Jackson Jr. is a disgrace. Apparently being a former congressman has its perks. Aside from the surety of a nice plush job with a lobbying firm, there’s always the possibility of becoming the mayor of a major U.S. city. Which is pretty cool especially if you’re into exercising the privilege of sexually harassing female employees and subordinates in your office. You know, because even as a congressman you didn’t know you’re not supposed to do such a thing.

Or, you can be like Jesse Jackson Jr. who is on his way to a federal prison for stealing campaign funds to the tune of $750,000 with the aid of your wife. What can I say? The family that preys together, stays together. So yeah, you too can be like Jackson and claim to have a mental disorder which for whatever reason compels you to purchase celebrity memorabilia.

This from CNN:

Washington (CNN) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.

“I misled the American people,” Jackson, 48, said before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the term, which also included an order for restitution and community service.

The ex-Illinois lawmaker’s wife, Sandi, received a 12-month sentence for her role in her husband’s misuse of roughly $750,000 in campaign funds over several years.

[…] After the hearing, Jackson acknowledged his failings and hoped for a renewal.

“I still, believe in the power of forgiveness. I believe in the power of redemption. Today I manned up and tried to accept responsibility for the error of my ways,” he said before climbing into a waiting vehicle.

Of course, like Jackson, once convicted — because you will be convicted — like Jesse Jackson Jr., you too can file and receive social security disability benefits while humbly repaying your debt to society. I’m not sure of this is Junior’s plan of action; but if so, he’s eligible to receive $8,700 per month while on lockdown for 30 months. An ashamed Jackson cried in court this week; but, I get the feeling that it’s his constituents who should be crying. It’s bad enough that he misappropriated campaign funds. But to be eligible for benefits while in prison though?

This from ABC 7:

Ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is eligible to receive $8,700 dollars per month in disability pay due to his bipolar condition and could receive a partial federal pension of $45,000 per year once he reaches 65.

While on the city council, Sandi Jackson had automatic pension contributions of more than $50,000 withdrawn from her pay, even though she chose not to be a member of the city pension fund.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Addresses Being Named In Blagojevich ScandalThe Jacksons spent some of the $750,000 in campaign funds on property– some of which has already been forfeited to the government. Twenty-four items valued at more than $61,000; twelve items surrendered that are listed at more than $21,000, including some Michael Jackson memorabilia and a mink cape.

According to these records from the U.S. Marshal service, there is a guitar once owned by the dead pop star; a gold Rolex watch valued alone at $43,000; a Bruce Lee wall hanging and a pair of elk heads that once hung in the Jackson home. Much of it now headed for a rogues gallery auction block.

[…] And the reason Mr. Jackson will receive only a partial pension is because his offenses were related to his official duties. That was part of pension reform legislation Congress passed in 2007– legislation that Mr. Jackson voted in favor of.

Like I said before, clearly you and I are in the wrong racket. Yep, if only regular people like you and I for whom crime doesn’t pay were able to claim crazy and draw a check from the government while doing time in prison. Or better yet, betray the public trust and still receive a partial pension to the sum of $45,000 per year while having at least one  felony on our criminal record. Yep, clearly, crime pays for the privileged. But for the regular folks whose vote they depend on?

  • Val

    I feel sympathy for JJ, Jr., Rippa. It seems to me that he wanted to throw away his career. He was just so reckless. Also, considering his mental illness, I doubt that a White politician suffering from the same mental illness would have been sent to prison.