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After news broke that the House ethics committee plans to admonish Rep. Charlie Rangel for violating House rules, Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately came to Rangel’s rescue, once again.
No surprise here since in the past Pelosi has been Rangel’s most prominent defender through his many tax evasion episodes – thieves sticking together and all that.
“I think that every member is entitled to have his day before the ethics committee,” she said. “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules. And, again, if this were the end of it, that would be one thing. But there’s obviously more to come and we’ll see what happens with that. But every member has that right.”
Pelosi said, “All I saw was the press release where it said he didn’t violate the rules of the House.” She noted that the report said Rangel didn’t know he was violating rules that applied to a lobbyist-funded trip to the Caribbean.
Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found that Rangel’s staffers knew corporate money was paying for trips even though Rangel claims he didn’t.
“I think it’s quite a statement to hold members accountable for what their staffs knew,” she said. “I’ll be interested to see how that reverberates.”
Typical Charlie Rangel to go with the twofer “ignorance” and “the staffer did it” defense.
Pelosi failed to mention whether Rangel should stay on as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but this might be a good time to remind her about the promise of the most ethical administration ever.
“Obviously they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said. “We’ll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee.”
John Murtha could not be reached for comment.
No matter how much we would like to believe in our leaders – in the end they are only politicians.
The most recent disappointment comes from the new Republican Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown. It didn’t take long for this new face from the northeast to fall for the old bipartisanship con and side with the Democrats.
Up for vote was a $15 billion spending bill disguised as a job creation package. The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. A credit few businesses will find useful mainly because tax credits are not the reason employees are hired, unless you’re ACORN.
Then there are subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund.
So, instead of creating an atmosphere for long term growth we see politicians throw taxpayer billions at temporary government jobs.
Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.
Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work. “I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington,” he said in a statement.
It must be said that Republicans didn’t back Scott Brown so that he would restore bipartisanship or vote with Democrats on another massive spending bill. He was elected to help stop runaway spending, stop the hijacking of the economy, stop ObamaCare and stop the government takeover of the private sector.
After this unexpected move we might begin to wonder if electing Scott Brown was a mistake. The answer at this moment in time is no. He is still far better than any Democrat running for the seat. But his action makes it crystal clear that depending on any politician to always do the right thing is a fool’s ploy.
Indonesian authorities said they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.
The statue of “Little Barry” — as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s — stands in central Jakarta’s Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president’s former elementary school.
Critics say the site should have been used to honor an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed.
“We’ve been discussing for the past two weeks what to do with the statue… whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it. We’re finding the best solution,” Jakarta parks agency official Dwi Bintarto said.
Obama, who was born in Hawaii, lived for four years as a child in Jakarta from 1967 after his divorced mother married an Indonesian.
The bronze was designed by Indonesian artists and depicts the boy Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt with a butterfly perched on his hand.
Members of the “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Menteng Park” group on Facebook say Obama has done nothing for Indonesia.
“Barack Obama has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation. We could say Obama only ate and s (expletive) in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American,” the web page says.
“For the dignity of a sovereign nation, Barack Obama’s monument in Menteng Park must be removed immediately.”
The popularity of Obama continues to fade in the US and around the world. It looks like reciting bumper sticker slogans and blaming Bush has its limits before people finally catch on that Obama is all teleprompter and no substance.