Wednesday, January 04, 2017


Fresh off their Nov. victories, some house Republicans wanted to increase their ability to engage in unethical/criminal acts by gutting the House's independent ethics watchdog.  Apparently they thought the result were a mandate to increase  their spoils.  Given Republican domination of the House, one shudders to think what might go on once the dogs of corruption are unleashed even further.   According to USA Today:
"WASHINGTON — After public denunciations from watchdogs and criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans on Tuesday reversed course and dropped plans to gut an independent agency that polices potential ethical wrongdoing by lawmakers.
The controversy over GOP plans to sharply curtail the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics overshadowed the opening day of Congress, where Republicans control both chambers and soon will welcome a Republican president for the first time in eight years.
The about-face came a day after House Republicans met behind closed doors and moved to rein in the office, approved by Congress in 2008 as an independent arm to investigate lawmakers after scandals sent three lawmakers and high-flying lobbyist Jack Abramoff to prison."  [The old House Ethics Committee, composed of House members, had an uninspiring record.  They stalled on the 3 cases that led to convictions]

The leader of this a anti-ethics  movement. was Dallas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, House Rules Committee Chairman.   The Dallas Morning News editorialized against the movement but conveniently neglected to mention Sessions.  [link not available at this time]. Is this an example of editors attempting to protect a local politico?
Kudos to House Leader Republican  Paul Ryan, and the President-elect, for opposing the move.  To paraphrase a famous saying, 'eternal vigilance is the price of controlling corruption."

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