Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The House of Representatives approve an independent ethics office

Talk about trying to polish a turd (to quote one of my late grandfather's favorite sayings). House Democrats got a measure through a virtual stonewall of Republican opposition to create an outside panel to review POSSIBLE (yes, you read that right, possible) ethical lapses by its members.

The new Office of Congressional Ethics will be in charge of reviewing cases and then referring them to the House Ethics Committee, the most ineffective and corrupt committee on Capitol Hill (which is saying a lot). The Office of Congressional Ethics will be made up of six people appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader, who cannot be current members, federal employees or lobbyists.

"The public really does not trust us on ethics issues at this point,"
said Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., who headed the task force that
proposed the new independent entity. "They think we are all here
protecting each other." No offense to Rep. Capuano, but DUH!

Now, the story to me here is the opposition by the Republicans. A vote of 229-182 followed what might actually be an actual stride forward in Congress. Not all Republicans opposed this idea, but at least 182 did. Now, in lieu of the last say, two years worth of scandals, I can completely see why we don't need this in our eyes: Rep. Mark Foley, Rep. Tom DeLay, Rep. Dennis Hastert, and Rep. William Jefferson, to name a few, in the last year or so...JUST IN THE HOUSE! That's not even Congress as a whole! The Senate is just as bad, if not worse.

So I say "shame on you Republican Representatives"! What arrogance, how dare we demand politicians to live by the same ethics we are expected to conduct ourselves with everyday?

In other news, I am considering encouraging all of my friends to change their middle name to Hussein. Its not being received very well, but:

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