January 05, 2007

How Do You Spell Ethics Reform Business As Usual?

I guess the question is really a misleading one, everyone with a lick of sense knows the Democratic Party (as opposed to say, any particular Democrat) uses Ethics against Republicans only at election time or when they think they can embarrass a Republican big-wig.

Thus, one can see that the Democrats who were "aghast" at the antics of Mark Foley would stand up and applaud (the "infamous" Democratic standing ovation) Jerry Stubbs for having sex with a page while calling Foley's emails part of the culture of corruption. Then too, we have a Republican member of Congress (Bohnner) recalling

Pelosi, who has served in Congress since 1987 and was part of the last Democratic majority, should recall that corruption well. It wasn't that long ago that gifts and personal loans from S&L interests to a Democratic committee chairman, made in hopes of winning favorable treatment from regulators, resulted in a half-trillion dollar scandal and a $125 billion tab for the American taxpayer. Nor was it that long ago that the Democratic chairman of the House Administration Committee stood idly by while drugs were being dealt from the House Post Office, hundreds of Members of Congress were bouncing checks and floating themselves zero-interest loans from the House Bank, and lobbyists were being given assigned parking spots on the Capitol grounds. Nor was it that long ago that the Democratic chairman of the Ways & Means Committee was trading taxpayer-purchased stamps for personal cash, leading to his conviction and jail time in 1993.
Well, Democrats have done it again. They have given William Jefferson, (D - La) a standing ovation. William Jefferson, you remember him don't you, the fellow that is under investigation for accepting a $100,000.00 bribe?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- On the same day that the 110th Democratic-led Congress convenes with a plan to immediately pass lobbyist and ethics reforms, the Congressional Black Caucus Thursday gave a standing ovation to Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who faces an FBI probe into bribery allegations.
Yep, same old, same old!!!

Party of reform my hind foot!

Posted by gmroper at January 5, 2007 03:00 PM | TrackBack

In other words, "Meet the new boss...same as the old boss...".

Posted by jim hitchcock at January 5, 2007 06:22 PM

GM and Jim, you both hit it on the head. I love R&R references.

While Gore isn't an elected official at the moment, he is a prominent Democrat still publicly active. Seems he may be having ethics problems also.

Posted by DADvocate at January 6, 2007 08:37 AM

Jim, more like "The old boss is a crook and a liar.... hey kid, get away from that curtain... no, no, don't open that curtain... arggghhh!!!"

Posted by GM Roper at January 6, 2007 08:44 AM

That ovation came only from the Black Caucus -- not the Democratic Majority.

Unlike the GOP, which refused to kick out Bob Ney after his felony conviction last year -- the Democratic leadership stripped Jefferson of all power in Congress to which they legally can. He was removed from his committee postings and pretty much shut down.

A far cry from the protection the GOP leadership offered a pedophile fundraiser in their midsts for more than a year after they discovered his taste in young boys.

Posted by Ronald Reagan at January 8, 2007 01:16 PM

Might I remind you, Ronald, that the investigation proved that the Democrats knew about Mark Foley's emails a full year before they decided to make an issue of them right before the election. If they cared about "the children," then they would have said something early and put politics last. At least the Republicans did something rather than give a standing ovation to him, as the Democrats did to one of their own when he discussed his elicit relationship with another page.

Regarding Ney, he resigned before the ethics study was complete. At least he had the honor to leave, unlike Democrat Jefferson who ran again and was re-elected, leaving no choice but to take away some of his privileges. They didn't kick him out, as they should have.

You have a very selective memory.

Posted by Woody at January 8, 2007 02:55 PM

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