Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Most Ethical Congress

In time for the Labor Day weekend, when no one reads what little news gets published, it seems that Charlie Rangell, chairman of the Ways and Means committee, which writes your tax laws, has discovered some $660K of assets that he forgot to mention in violation of the house ethics rules. This would normally be reason to loose the hounds and demand that he step down from his committee chairmanship, if not resign his seat in the house, except that he has significant protections from such a fate.

First, of course, is that he's a senior member of the "most ethical party evah", which invokes the memory of Edwin Edwards who famously claimed that "Unless I'm caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl, this job is mine as long as I want it."* Pelosi, who is in charge of keeping order in the asylum, as yet sees no reason to act.
“Unless they find $90,000 in his freezer, like they did with Jefferson, we’re going to wait [for the outcome of a House ethics probe],” said a Democratic aide familiar with Pelosi’s thinking on the matter.

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