Denny Hastert Arrested for Taking His Money out of His Bank

We assume that Denny Hastert was corrupt, but the charges should worry everyone.

Here’s some news from the Associated Press: “Former House Speaker Denny Hastert hit with bank-related charges over hush money payments.”

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep an unidentified person silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday in Chicago.

The indictment, which does not describe the misconduct Hastert was allegedly trying to conceal, charges the 73-year-old with one count of evading bank regulations as he withdrew tens of thousands of dollars at a time to make the payments. He is also charged with one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the unusual bank withdrawals.

You know, Dennis Hastert may be the biggest dirt bag in history—I honestly don’t know, and as long as whatever he’s involved with doesn’t include any kind of official corruption, since he’s out of office, I really don’t care, and neither should you.

Let’s be clear about one thing, however: Hastert is being accused of a crime for taking his own money out of the bank. Yes, I know, he allegedly lied to the FBI about why he was taking the money out, but… what business is it of the government’s what a person does with his own cash?!

[See also, “Another Bank Limits Withdrawals: Is Your Deposit Account Safe?]

Again, Hastert may be the biggest jerk in the world, but this case is apparently nothing more than another example of modern, tyrannical, Police State America. What you legally do with your own cash is none of the government’s darn business!

Half the country will gloat just because the guy was of a certain political party, but every single one of us should be concerned about a government that prosecutes citizens for what they do with their own property. I’m sure the big, bad FBI agents are patting themselves on the back for taking down a big catch. But all they’ve done is shown themselves to be a part of a major problem in this country today—overpaid, over-staffed law enforcement with no real crime to keep them busy.