April 26, 2007

Breaking: Dollar Bill Keeps His Committee Assignment

Over the past week, two Republican Congressmen have resigned their committee assignments after having been raided by the FBI for investigations into potential corruption. John Boehner asked John Doolittle and Rick Renzi to step down to maintain confidence in the legislative process. Nancy Pelosi apparently doesn't care much about that, as Roll Call reports this morning (subscription required):

House Democratic leaders are not expected to pressure embattled Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to forfeit his lone remaining committee assignment, even as two Republican lawmakers who similarly face intense FBI scrutiny have relinquished their posts in recent days.

Democratic sources indicated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is unlikely to ask the Louisiana lawmaker, who is under federal investigation, to give up his seat on the Small Business Committee. ...

The Louisiana lawmaker has not been indicted in the investigation, but the FBI has asserted it videotaped Jefferson allegedly accepting $100,000 in marked bills from an informant, and a related raid of his home reportedly found $90,000 in cash in his freezer.

The FBI also raided Jefferson’s Congressional office in May 2006, an action that drew criticism of the agency from both Republican and Democratic leaders.

In addition, a former Jefferson aide and a Kentucky businessman have both pleaded guilty in connection with the case, receiving lengthy prison terms.

Democrats did force Jefferson to withdraw from the House Ways and Means Committee last year and declined to seat him there this year after his re-election. However, Nancy Pelosi originally wanted to assign Jefferson to the Homeland Security Committee, despite the corruption investigation and convictions of his associates. Only after the Republicans threatened a floor fight did Pelosi back down from that assignment.

When Democrats campaigned on the culture of corruption, voters thought they opposed it. Instead, they have been busy rewarding it. The Republicans have been the party which takes responsible action in Congress when corruption comes to light, and John Boehner has proven it twice over.


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Posted by IAmFree [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 10:01 AM

To the Democrats, the greatest moral offense one can commit is to be a Republican. Any GOP is guilty of simply not being a Democrat.

To Pelosi and her kind the most thoroughly corrupt Democrat is preferable to the cleanest Republican.

Posted by Duke of DeLand [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 10:40 AM

The problem is that excepting the blogs...such as yours...this word never gets to the public. We, as bloggers, still do not reach a broad enough audience to expose these actions to the electorate with an impact upon future elections.

Hopefully this will be changing in the next year or two as blogs power increases and both circulation numbers and believability of the MSM continues to dwindle!

Posted by Carol_Herman [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 10:52 AM

YOu mean, you don't know why?

Well, in 1994, Newt Gingrich "added" these ethics rules, WHICH WERE NOT ADOPTED BY THE WHOLE HOUSE. Just the GOP kiesters. They thought, I'd guess, it would bring them more dancing partners. Or something.

Then? In 1998, DeLay decided the HOUSE should impeach Bill Clinton. SO this was organized from his HOUSE job, as Whip. Doesn't matter. It was a religious decision. But God doesn't play fair. As a political decision it STUNK. Bill Clinton survived the republican impeachment. HE HAD THE PEOPLE ON HIS SIDE.

No. Not ALL the People. IN a democracy you never get ALL. But you get the MAJORITY.

That's why you have the two words: Majority and Minority. It tags each of the two competing parties.

Tom DeLay, after pelosi (who sat in the MINORITY Chair), to get even for the play gainst Bill Clinton, went after DeLay with overblown ethics charges; DeLay learned he didn't have all that many GOP friends.

Make fun of the donks all you want. They're not ripping into each other, with the novel appitites that beset those GOP kiesters that land in Congress.

Who forced DeLay to resign? Newt Gingrich. And, Dick Army. Hastert could have helped keep this fire from reaching DeLay. But Hastert "caved."

Doesn't sound familiar?

You could read (or listen) to DeLay's new book. It might open your eyes.

Of course, DeLay sees the GOP as a religious crusade.

So, when he admits that going after Bill Clinton with impeachment; ended up forcing our some House members, later. When they returned to their district. (Like Rogan. Here. In what was once John Birch society's home; for a GPS point of reference). You see how the voters react to the claims congress critters make when they're telling you they've brought religion to politics.

Nope. Just, sometimes, ideas that backfire.

The democraps do not have these ethics rules. Only the "group" that got them from Newt Gingrich. Remember him? Another kiester no longer in congress. But still ambitious.

You know what's most peculiar? The GOP seems to want the donks to follow them over the cliff. Nobody forced Newt Gingrich into adding this bullshit clause. But in the GOP, if you're CHARGED with an ethics violation, you must step down.

Hastert, et. al., voted on it. Well, I never said politics made sense. But it just doesn't quite cut it as a religious experience.

RULE #!: TO WIN. You need ONE PERCENT MORE than 50%.

I guess the GOP won't settle for the 1%. And, probably that's why they're always going for broke?

Of course, if you're praying your way through this thicket, I can't help you.

Posted by TyCaptains [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 2:44 PM

I hope the FBI is able to nail Jefferson to the wall. I sure do regret Hastert protecting him.

Taking Jefferson down should serve as a good warning to Pelosi that she can't run roughshod over justice.

Posted by BarCodeKing [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 5:13 PM

Two stinkin' years and "Freezer" Jefferson STILL has not been indicted? What's up with that? If he was a Republican, they'd already be fitting him for his prison uniform!

Off topic, but did anyone see that disgusting lying Catherine Crier on Court TV? She made me so angry with her intellectually dishonest liberal diatribe that I was actually yelling at the television. I believe I called her something like a "F**ing lying c***!" which is far stronger language than I normally use.

Posted by conservative democrat [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 26, 2007 9:38 PM

Jefferson should step down, why was Hastert defending him? People should quit picking on the poor,defenseless, wittle babies, the republicans. Because they would never pick on the dems. try getting real, you might like it.

Posted by hurricane567 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 27, 2007 12:52 AM

I am a resident of the state of Louisiana and, if i had the power to do so, i would have "Cold Cash" Jefferson handcuffed to Sen Landrieu and the pair of them launched into the Gulf of Mexico with a catapult. I would also demand a cut of the ticket sales and PPV profits for such an event lol