Posts Tagged ‘culture of corruption’

Remember that old death panel debate that the MSM called a lie when Sarah Palin brought it up, but then was suddenly pulled from the legislation? Well guess what:

And now they’re able to accomplish through regulatory fiat what they couldn’t get through Congress, even with a playing field tilted steeply in their favor.

Now the author of a memo on the subject being a representative of the people elected in an open election decided to of course be totally open about this…or not

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

So according to Representative Blumenauer they shouldn’t talk about this “good thing” that they are doing because Republicans will know about. There’s open government for you.

Well now that the cat is out of the bad suddenly we hear a different tune from Representative Blumenauer

Blumenauer now says he regrets the letter’s secretive language, which has only bolstered conservatives’ claims that the Obama administration tried to sneak the provision in under the radar.

Yeah why would the idea that you said you didn’t want to let this be public make people think that you are doing something sneaky?

Weasel Zippers describes him best:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Shhhh)

yet these same democrats from the land of Shhhh are accusing Republicans of a “lack of transparency

But don’t just take RS McCain’s word for it, check out that fantastically conservative publication the Washington Post

Senators collected $469,000 from the financial industry the day before, the day of and the day after that key Sept. 16 vote, a Post review of donations shows. The biggest recipient was Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who shepherded the legislation and faced a tight reelection race.

The article only focus is on fairly new stuff but the best line from it is this response from Harry Reid’s spokesman:

Reid spokesman Zac Petkanas said the timing was not of Reid’s making. The vote was supposed to come months earlier but was delayed by Republican obstruction, Petkanas said.

Oh the timing wasn’t of Reid’s making. After all he is only the Senate Majority Leader.

Of course now that the election is long over this stuff can safely be reported. May I suggest to incoming republicans that the media are not likely to show such deference in timing for them. So do the right thing, it is usually the smart thing too.

You know if democrats keep giving us so many gifts we might spoiled:

The House ethics committee recommended on Thursday by a vote of 9-1 that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) be formally censured by the full House for 11 counts of violating ethics rules.

Of course there is no guarantee it will actually be done:

A majority of the full House would have to vote to censure Rangel or lawmakers could opt for a lighter punishment. That vote likely will wait until after the Thanksgiving recess.

If the House votes in favor of censure, Rangel most likely would have to stand in the well of the House for a formal rebuke and reading of the censure resolution by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). A reprimand would only require the House to formally adopt the investigative committee’s report on Rangel’s activities.

Charlie Rangel withstood some of the most horrific combat in Korea 60 years ago, if you think he will be bothered by a bunch of pampered pols whose every secret he likely knows staring at him in the well is going to bother him you are kidding yourself.

Dissenting Justice details the political calculus of Rangel’s decision to take it:

It is highly likely that Rangel calculated that the House would not expel him. The Speaker of the House cannot refuse to sit a representative simply because the individual has committed ethical violations. The Constitution, however, permits expulsion of House members by a 2/3 vote.

Rangel successfully ran for reelection with the ethics charges pending. Rangel probably believed that if he won the election, he could escape the ethics proceedings with a punishment short of expulsion. The committee’s recommendation that Rangel face a censure suggests that his gamble worked.

Gamble smamble if anyone thinks there was any chance that the democratic party would expel a senior member of the congressional black caucus when they are totally dependent on the black vote to win any national election, particularly when his own district didn’t care is delusional. Rangel has been in congress for 40 years he knows how to count.

Stacy is a bit more blunt:

In other words, a meaningless verbal scolding. He gets to keep his job, his pension, etc. Michelle Malkin live-blogged the hearings, complete with Rangel claiming he had been “smeared” and John Lewis calling Rangel a civil rights hero.

I don’t actually see an issue there. Rangel is a genuine war hero and I’m sure was active in the civil rights movement. Being a war hero and a civil rights hero doesn’t make it impossible for you to be corrupt in financial matters.

It will be interesting to see how the left handles this.

…Never give Robert Stacy McCain a legitimate reason run a photo of an attractive blonde in a bikini.

Conveniently enough, she managed to get herself involved in a serious political news story:

She’s certainly is a pretty young lady, I can certainly understand how a man could be tempted in this regard but I’ll have to defer to Harry Reid to establish her “hotness level” (BTW D.K Jamaal says this about Reid’s assertion Maybe Harry Reid has a point? ) oh and there is some bribery to be talked about as well.

Jessie Jackson Jr. Bringing rule 5 Four days early.

memorandum thread here, I understand the other story was the lead but this one has a song reference.

P.S. Is it not a shame that it takes something like this for us to notice a fine candidate for congress like Ill-2 Isaac Hayes? The fact that the address of his site is “www.issac4honesty.com” is priceless.