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CBC Fights To Keep a Crook in Place in the Finest Traditions

Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:33 pm

Nancy Pelosi vs. Congressional Black Caucus

Emboldened by support from his fellow Black Caucus members, Rep. William Jefferson has decided to force the hand of Democratic leaders who want him to resign from the powerful Ways and Means tax-writing committee in the wake of allegations that he stored $90,000 in bribe money in his home freezer.

Mr. Jefferson, a New Orleans Democrat, told the 50-member Democratic Steering Committee on Wednesday night that he would fight to keep his seat because he has not been charged with any crime. He thus represents a big political headache for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has made no secret of the fact that she wants to make Mr. Jefferson an example of how Democrats don't act as if they are part of a "culture of corruption" that tolerates ethical missteps by their members.

However, the only way to strip Mr. Jefferson of his committee assignment if he won't leave voluntarily is to have the full House vote to remove him. Given that Black Caucus members are standing firmly behind one of their own, Ms. Pelosi would have to rely on Republicans to vote with her. That's something the hyper-partisan San Francisco Democrat is loath to do.

-- John Fund

On the wildly improbable chance that the Dems take the house, this may be the tipping incident that costs Pelosi the leadership position. She can't even buck a minority of the minority to appear effective. What's the principle that the CBC is upholding? That minority crooks should be treated better than other crooks just because they are minorities? Whatever the reason, I and other conservatives are deeply grateful.
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Post by Ralph » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:41 pm

Much depends on whether Mr. Washington will be indicted.
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Post by Donald Isler » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:52 am

Of course Corlyss would have you believe the nonsense that only Democrats can be corrupt........................................


June 10, 2006
Editorial
The Million-Dollar House on the Hill
Let's hope no rock is left unturned by federal investigators looking into the shady Congressional art of winning friends and dishing "earmarks" — the lucrative favors that lawmakers secretly cram into spending bills at the behest of deep-pocketed contractors. Former Representative Randy Cunningham massaged earmark abuses into a prison term for bribery. And now investigators are focusing on the office of one of Congress's budgetary potentates — Representative Jerry Lewis, the California Republican who is chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which writes the major spending bills.

Mr. Lewis denies any wrongdoing, as does his former staff aide and earmarks maestro, Letitia White. Ms. White honed the process well enough to become a high-powered lobbyist dubbed "queen of earmarks" for her continuing knack for attaching special-interest contracts to spending bills written in her former boss's committee.

As a Capitol Hill staffer, Ms. White helped direct hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks to clients of the lobbying firm that she eventually joined, and where she has lately been making more than $3 million a year. Investigators suspect there's been a tidy taxpayer money churn in which Mr. Lewis may have traded earmarks for political campaign donations from defense contractors and lobbyists enjoying the inside track. Illegal or not, the facts of money-greased politics slowly emerging deserve full attention from voters who fantasize that lawmakers are battling nobly for lobby-bereft little people.

In her first year in the private sector, Ms. White bought a Capitol Hill house for $1 million cash, according to the Times reporter David Kirkpatrick, and half of the cost turned out to be paid by a defense contractor who reaps millions in earmarks via the lobbying firm. The house, in turn, became the locus for a fund-raising organization founded by the defense contractor, who — like Ms. White's lobbying firm — is a leading donor to Mr. Lewis's campaign kitty.

If this circle of insider back-scratching is not dizzying enough, it should be noted that Congressman Lewis's stepdaughter was hired to direct the fund-raising shop at the million-dollar house.

Thus goes business as usual on the Hill, where lawmakers refuse to properly police themselves but have the gall to rail at criminal prosecutors showing up on behalf of the public. The earmark cornucopia shows how the fear of President Dwight Eisenhower 45 years ago about the rise of the military-industrial complex was dead-on prophecy: "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:50 pm

Donald Isler wrote:Of course Corlyss would have you believe the nonsense that only Democrats can be corrupt........................................
Well, they are.

But that wasn't my point in posting the story. My point was that sleazy politicians shouldn't be cozzened by their parties, either one, but the CBC has a special duty to be better than others and not cozzen an obvious crook just because he's black. They can't hide behind "due process" with the pleas and convictions on the record. But they haven't known that since the reelection of Adam Clayton Powell, the election of Alcee Hastings, and their treatment of the two Republicans that they refused to seat. The CBC is scarcely more than a fundraising tactical arm of the DNC. I guess their motto is "Hey! We can do all the crooked sleazy things white folks do!" I can't believe John Lewis still associates with that bunch.
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Post by Donald Isler » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:17 pm

Which John Lewis?
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:28 am

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Post by RebLem » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:38 am

Corlyss_D wrote: On the wildly improbable chance that the Dems take the house, this may be the tipping incident that costs Pelosi the leadership position. She can't even buck a minority of the minority to appear effective. What's the principle that the CBC is upholding? That minority crooks should be treated better than other crooks just because they are minorities? Whatever the reason, I and other conservatives are deeply grateful.
I would guess it would be the same principle that Dennis Hastert is upholding. My initial reaction was to support the FBI action. Now I am beginning to wonder. If someone in the Administration has records subpoenaed by a Congressional Committee and refuses to turn them over, if he is suspected of a crime, who goes to his office to confiscate the records if the President doesn't want it to happen? If you can search a Congressman's office against his will, but you can't search the President's office against his will, are they really co-equal branches of government?

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:01 am

RebLem wrote:
Corlyss_D wrote: On the wildly improbable chance that the Dems take the house, this may be the tipping incident that costs Pelosi the leadership position. She can't even buck a minority of the minority to appear effective. What's the principle that the CBC is upholding? That minority crooks should be treated better than other crooks just because they are minorities? Whatever the reason, I and other conservatives are deeply grateful.
I would guess it would be the same principle that Dennis Hastert is upholding.
Damn right! It was stupid in the extreme of Hastert and Sensenbrenner to open their mouths about it. They bludgeon and extort plenty from the executive branch in the way of information ever since Watergate. The Congress is out of control vis-a-vis the executive branch. For them to go whining about their institutional integrity while coincidentally protecting a crook was a severe optics problem. I'm sure my email to Sensenbrenner had nothing to do with it, but within a day or two of my sending it, they shut up about it. Why? Because it was further damaging Congress' image and that of the Republican leadership. The "he's not even a Republican so we are being very bipartisan about this" didn't fool anybody. The public was and should have been outraged.
My initial reaction was to support the FBI action. Now I am beginning to wonder.
Stick with your original hunch.
If you can search a Congressman's office against his will, but you can't search the President's office against his will, are they really co-equal branches of government?
:roll: So the proper test of co-equality is whether they can search each others offices? Gimme a break. 8 months was plenty of time for the crook to deliver up the paper. I'm q uite certain the protocols were observed by the FBI because guess who provides the money for the FBI? The executive branch walks on egg shells around the appropriators. The fact that the Congress flipped the bird to the FBI merely underscores the extent to which the members have become Legislative Princes of a Royal Congress.
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