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Lack of Ethics in the Ethics Committee - (Why Dems won't convene Ethics Committee; shrewd!)
CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | APRIL 22, 2005 | Frank Salvato

Posted on 04/21/2005 9:47:43 PM PDT by CHARLITE

It’s business as usual in Washington DC, the land where the only thing more confusing than the word “is” is the word “ethics.” Yet another political standoff is playing out, this time in the House Ethics Committee. Democrats refuse to convene a hearing citing their “outrage” over rules changes that could protect Republican Congressman Tom DeLay from investigation. But a few facts suggest they could be refusing to meet in order to protect two of their own while allowing their pet 527s to politically damage DeLay as much as possible.

Like the evil flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz, liberally slanted 527 organizations like Democracy 21 and Common Cause – many of whom reap the benefit of George Soros’ billions – are swiping at DeLay as if he were “the scarecrow.” It’s a good thing “The Hammer” isn’t made out of straw.

The paradox here is this; Democrats are demanding an investigation into whether or not DeLay accepted trips inappropriately from lobbyists but they refuse to convene a hearing because they say the ethics panel has been stacked with DeLay supporters who would refuse to authorize an investigation. Meanwhile, the liberal leaning 527s – now dubbed the “left-wing syndicate” – are in full attack mode spouting exaggerations and half-truths as if they were carved into the stones that secularists are trying so hard to get banned from every corner of the public square.

The Democrats have a pretty good scam going. To analogize, it is a kin to a playground bully beating up another child while a larger bully holds a crowd who wants to stop the fight at bay, all the while lecturing about the ills of fighting on the playground. As long as the Democrats refuse to convene an ethics committee hearing their sympathetic 527 organizations can continue to pummel DeLay.

It’s disturbingly brilliant when you think about it. That is until you add a few things to the mix, then, like almost all other tactics employed by the liberal left, their motives become transparent and their true colors start to show.

The only open investigation pending for the House Ethics Committee has to do with Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA). You might remember him as the US Representative who was sympathetic to genocidal maniac and former dictator of Iraq Saddam Hussein.

This investigation would look into a 1996 incident where then ethics committee member McDermott leaked illegally obtained recordings of phone conversations between two House members to the New York Times. The Justice Department tried and won their case against those who illegally recorded the conversation but refused to initiate proceedings against McDermott for accepting the recording. Rep. Boehner, one of those taped, filed a civil suit against McDermott and in August of last year the US District Court for DC found that McDermott had indeed participated in an illegal transaction by accepted the recording. McDermott broke the law and thus a mandatory ethics investigation was to take place pursuant to the rules of the House Ethics Committee.

Then there is the matter of whether or not US Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH), who currently sits on the House Ethics Committee, accepted a trip to Puerto Rico from registered lobbyist firm Smith, Dawson & Andrews in violation of House rules. In 2001 Tubbs-Jones included herself in a trip by Democrats to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques designed to protest the island’s use by the US Navy as a bombing range. Where all of the other elected officials cited the private group Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques as the financier for the trip, Tubbs-Jones official filing credits Smith, Dawson & Andrews as the one picking up the $8,311 tab. Tubbs-Jones spokeswoman Nicole Williams contends the filing was “in error.” Neither she, nor James P. Smith, a managing partner from the lobbyist firm, offered any evidence to prove the filing was in fact an error.

So, while those evil 527 monkeys use the mainstream media as their weapon of choice against Tom DeLay, it would seem that back at the Witch’s Castle two “hench-monkeys” are being protected from harm. All the Democrats of the House Ethics Committee have to do to allow “the 527 playground bullies” to continue their assault on Tom DeLay is nothing.

As Dana Carvey’s creation the “Church Lady” would say, “How convenient.”

Ethics committee Republicans said they would initiate an investigation into the allegations against Tom DeLay if the Democrats would accept the rules change requiring a majority on the panel to approve the initiation of any investigation. This would go a long way to muzzling the political beast and taming bureaucracy when it comes to the House Ethics Committee.

Meanwhile, Tom DeLay has stated time and again that he welcomes an ethics investigation into the allegations brought against him. He believes an investigation would clear him of the charges. Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen but at least he welcomes the investigation. That is more than can be said for McDermott, Tubbs-Jones, those on the committee who protect them and their evil 527 monkeys. They choose to play the “cowardly” game of political obstructionism rather than having the “courage” to do what they know is right.

Related Reading:

DeLay Blasts ‘Left-Wing Syndicate’

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,153885,00.html

McDermott Ethics Probe Blocked, GOP Aide Says

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050414-115251-4578r.htm

Lobbyist Paid for Jones ’01 Trip

http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050420-124450-3932r.htm

Committee on Standards of Official Misconduct

http://www.house.gov/ethics/

About the Writer: Frank Salvato is a political media consultant, He is a distinguished columnist, and is regularly featured in The Washington Times, CNS News, GOPUSA and in over 50 other publications. He is the owner and managing editor of the website, TheRant, at http://www.theRant.us.
Frank receives e-mail at oped@therant.us.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 109th; 527; 527groups; antibush; committee; congress; corruptdems; delay; ethics; georgesoros; house; iraq; leftwing; lies; mcdermott; media; propaganda; senate; slander; tactics; tomdelay; trips; tubbsjones; ushouse
"As Dana Carvey’s creation the “Church Lady” would say, “How convenient.”

.......and "Well...isn't that speh-chull?!"

1 posted on 04/21/2005 9:47:47 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE
Politics and Ethics are two things that will never meet.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
2 posted on 04/21/2005 9:49:50 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: CHARLITE

Ethics = Boxer

Religion = Pelosi

Beautiful = Janet Reno

Evangelical Christian = Hilldabeast

Sexual Virtue = B J Billy Clinton

War Hero's = John "I'm hit, give me a Snoopy Bandaid" Kerry
and his Personal Journalist: Al "The Combat Reporter" Gore

Yes that's a real Ethical group!!


3 posted on 04/21/2005 10:06:13 PM PDT by 26lemoncharlie (Defend the US CONSTITUTION - Locked and Loaded)
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To: CHARLITE
It’s business as usual in Washington DC, the land where the only thing more confusing than the word “is” is the word “ethics.” Yet another political standoff is playing out,

Demoocrat, republican....it doesn't matter. They are all a bunch of louses. All the serious issues this country has to face and these jerks just keep playing their stupid, petty games while they enrich themselves. When will the American people wake up and trow them all out of office. Someone please show me one single congressperson that is worth a shit

4 posted on 04/21/2005 10:51:30 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: CHARLITE

"The Democrats have a pretty good scam going. To analogize, it is a kin to a playground bully beating up another child while a larger bully holds a crowd who wants to stop the fight at bay, all the while lecturing about the ills of fighting on the playground. As long as the Democrats refuse to convene an ethics committee hearing their sympathetic 527 organizations can continue to pummel DeLay."

The great thing about this analogy is that in this instance, the crowd votes on whether to allow the bullies to stay in power. The American people are sick of this crap. I hope the 527's go after DeLay until 2006 so they'll remember just how worthless the libs are. DeLay will still be reelected, and a lot of libs will not be. They think they're all Newt-ish, but it's not like the Democrats are pushing a Contract for America--they don't want ANYTHING changed, and America knows it!


5 posted on 04/21/2005 11:12:16 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (The South will rise again? Hell, we ever get states' rights firmly back in place, the CSA has risen!)
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To: paul51
"When will the American people wake up and trow them all out of office. Someone please show me one single congressperson that is worth a shit."

Maybe one of these days, you'll haul off and tell us how you really feel!

All kidding aside, I'm inclined to agree with you. What IS it going to take for Americans to throw these children out of the play yard and elect serious, patriotic Americans to do the country's business?!

6 posted on 04/21/2005 11:21:45 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I lost my car keys............so now I have to walk everywhere.......)
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To: CHARLITE
Well, I noticed you couldn't show me one either. Disgusting, isn't it. I fear the citizens of this country won't wake up until we enter an irreversible slide into the toilet and it's too late.
7 posted on 04/21/2005 11:42:52 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: CHARLITE

My take:

IIRC .. the reason the repubs changed the rules was because that Earle guy in TX was constantly threatening to indict DeLay - after indicting 3 of the people involved in some fundraiser for DeLay.

However, DeLay knew that when Earle tried to prosecute Kay Bailey Hutchinson - the judge THREW IT OUT OF COURT.

The House did not want to take the risk that Earle would indict DeLay and force him to resign his leadership position .. when in a short time the judge would end up throwing the case out. Talk about an abuse of power. This Earle guy takes the case.

So .. the repubs changed the House rule which would have required DeLay to step down if "indicted" to only stepping down if "convicted". The dems are in a snit over it and that's why they're throwing such a tizzy.

The funny thing is .. I have noticed that suddenly Earle doesn't threaten to indict DeLay every day of the week. Hmmmm?? Interesting??


8 posted on 04/22/2005 1:38:02 AM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: 26lemoncharlie

You nailed 'em! ROTFLMAO!!


9 posted on 04/22/2005 6:50:05 AM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (Would you rather be O.J.'s girlfriend or Michael Schiavo's fiancee? - Ann Coulter)
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