Skip to comments.Editorial: Is Pelosi serious about cleaning up the House?
Posted on 01/02/2007 9:56:46 AM PST by george76
There is so much wrong with the Conyers situation that Pelosi shouldnt have to think twice about nixing Conyers chairmanship. Let us look at how the Conyers scandal epitomizes the ethics mess in the House:
First, releasing its report late on Friday before the New Years holiday weekend made it clear that the House Ethics Committee intended to minimize public understanding of the Conyers scandal. This is classic Washington Establishment manipulation of the news cycle to insulate itself against public accountability.
Second, Conyers responded to the Ethics committee by accepting responsibility for a lack of clarity in asking aides to work on his re-election campaign while on the official payroll instead of going on a campaign staff, as the law requires, and to do personal chores for him. The allegations came from senior staff members, including a former chief of staff, not interns or other short-term aides who might have questionable motives.
Third, the Ethics committee report also concerned a second investigation of Conyers from 2003 on allegations that his aides also worked on the Carol Mosely-Braun presidential campaign and JoAnn Watsons Detroit City Council race. Would Conyers have applied the same slipshod legal standards to his Bush impeachment effort?
Fourth, the Conyers scandal shows its still business as usual for the Ethics committee. Pelosi should demand that Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., the committee leaders who signed off on the Conyers report, be removed permanently from the panel and barred from leadership of other House panels.
Finally, Pelosi should heed ... Leon Panetta, who said you can attack one party for having a lack of ethics, but if any of your own members have problems, it dulls the message with the American people, they begin to put everybody in the same box.
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If you have to ask, you are reading and watching the MSM too much.
Of course not.
I don't hear the proclamations of "the most ethical congress ever" any more. Apparently they would like to avoid reminding America of the E word.
Pelosi's "clean up the House" means removing Republicans from positions of power or driving them out entirely, using House rules and "investigations".
It does not mean cleaning up the house of ethics violators and common criminals. Are you kidding? That would return power to the pubbies!
Here are some possible responses, in the form of rhetorical questions.
Does a bear crap in the men's restroom?
Is the Pope Muslim?
Is the sky iridescent green?
Do "progressives" really care about the poor?
Cleaning, with Nancy
Pelosi was flapping her gums,
While her face hinted she needed Tums.
She longed to clean House,
To squash-dead each louse
Alas! She's learned Libs are the bums.
I've talked to plenty of liberals who claim to be outraged about clear ethics violations and crimes of democrats. Unfortunately their "outrage" extends to somewhere just short of actually calling for action.
That's because so many liberals are unethical themselves.
sun comes up in east,
water is wet.
Film at 11.
Bipartisanship is Dead
Pulosi learned everything from her father who let Lucky Luciano treat Baltimore like a candy store.
I hope she is, and I think she should be supplied with a broom and a mop. Does she do windows?
" this witch is the same women who owns more then a few vineyards in Napa Valley and will only hire non-union firms to pick their grapes. Why? Because they don't have to pay a "living wage" to the workers then.
She also owns a large stake in the ritzy hotel in Napa called Auberge du Soleil. All employee's are non-union.
She is also a partner in the restaurant chain Piatti again, all non-union. "
Another big issue is the environment. She always makes statements that, with us, the environment is not an issue, its an ethic, its a value. Which is a nice way of saying, I love the environment, but not when it comes to our own businesses.
in 1996, Nancy Pelosi and her husband and fewer than 10 other partners wanted to build a golf course and country club outside of San Jose, California, called the CordeValle Country Club.
They never followed the environmental regulations. The ponds were never built for these endangered species. For seven years, they also failed to file any of the environmental reports required by the California Fish and Wildlife Commission.
A 2004 County Environmental Compliance Report found all kinds of environmental problems on the Pelosi's golf course.
What does that actually mean in practical terms? Did they turn around and build this habitat and comply?
No, they solved the problem the old-fashioned way: they hired lobbyists and they got the environmental regulations changed.
"Editorial: Is Pelosi serious about cleaning up the House? "
Only the Republican side.
Short answer - HELL NO!
For one, she's interested in a four-day bacchanal to celebrate her assumption of the monarchy. As for ethics, look no further than John Conyers!
Clean up is not the word. Kill and destroy are the words.
Just as serious as I am when I say I'm going to stop drinking beer and that I'm tall dark and handsome.
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