Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Noted without comment...

Come Thursday: “This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

E. J. Dionne advises:

“The Democrats who take power in Congress on Thursday have been given an opportunity that has not come their party's way for a half-century: They can remake their own image -- and Congress's -- and they can begin to restore public confidence in government.” The New Crowd's First Test


“In a report issued just before Democrats take control of Congress on Thursday, the bipartisan committee said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan has acknowledged "'a lack of clarity"' in communications with aides about their duties.

“The panel's three-year inquiry came amid newspaper reports that Conyers assigned congressional staffers to work in Michigan political campaigns.” Rep. Conyers promises better ethics standards – 1/2/2007 - washingtonpost.com

“When the Democrats take control of Congress on Jan. 4, ethics and budget restructuring will be the first orders of business. Among the provisions in the Democrats' ethics package are demands for more transparency in the doling out of federal funds to home-district projects and a required pledge that no earmarks benefit a member of Congress personally. That could put an uncomfortable spotlight on lawmakers such as Murtha.” Nonprofit Connects Murtha, Lobbyists - washingtonpost.com

“Nor is Murtha a newcomer to the culture of corruption. The Times recalls that after the 1980 Abscam scandal, the FBI named him an "unindicted co-conspirator." Jack Murtha and the Culture of Corruption

“The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) today disclosed that it filed a 500-page Complaint on February 28 with the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia detailing hundreds of ethics law violations by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV).”Rep. Mollohan is the ranking member of the House ethics committee and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. The Wall Street Journal this morning carried a front-page story about the case.” NLPC Complaint Alleges Ranking House Ethics Committee Member Hid Assets and Funded Business Partner’s Groups with Millions in Earmarks

Ed. Note: Congressman Mollohan stepped down from the House ethics committee but:

“WASHINGTON — Rep. Alan Mollohan, a Democrat of West Virginia, whose finances are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is in line to take over the House panel that sets the bureau's budget.” Mollohan, Despite FBI Probe of His Finances, Is Set To Take Over House Budget Panel - December 6, 2006 - The New York Sun

“Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said she believes it is only a matter of months before Jefferson himself is indicted for bribery. …

"So far, the House ethics committee has failed to take any action against Rep. Jefferson despite the fact that he has been caught on videotape soliciting a bribe and was found with $90,000 in his home freezer." Louisiana Voters Send William Jefferson Back to Washington -- 12/11/2006

Also this tidbit from Soccer Dad: Dingell-ling.

Still...just imagine if Alcee Hastings was going to head Intelligence.

That's a black-belt level take-down of Democratic pretense. Let them walk the walk, though in fairness Pelosi had the decency to replace a crook with an ignoramus to head Intelligence.
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