Senator Cornyn (finally) comes clean

It's hard to fight the monumental corruption of this Administration when your own skirts are unclean. From today's National Journal, a report that Senator Cornyn of Texas has failed for some time to report pension payments he's receiving: Texas Republican John Cornyn supplemented his Senate salary with a trio of public pensions last year from his days as a Texas judge and elected official-a practice some fiscal watchdog groups have attacked as "double dipping." Cornyn, who is the minority whip and the No. 2 ranking Republican in the Senate, reported collecting $65,383 in public retirement benefits in 2012 in addition to his $174,000 salary as a U.S. senator.  Cornyn's office did not respond to requests for comment. Elected to the Senate in 2002, Cornyn is a former district judge, Texas Supreme Court justice, and state attorney general. In 2012, he collected pensions from three separate state retirement programs.  (Read Full Post)