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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.
Senator Scott Brown-(R MA) got his first lesson in the fallacy of Washington Democrat bipartisanship after being broadsided by a very partisan attack from Vice President Biden.
Sen. Scott Brown thinks Vice President Joe Biden was “off base” when he suggested Sunday that the Massachusetts Republican get his facts straight on the legal procedures for military tribunals.
“It was insulting,” said Brown, who frequently jabbed the administration during his Senate campaign for giving suspected terrorists legal representation.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” last weekend, Biden shot back that “he doesn’t know whether the new senator from Massachusetts understands that when you get tried in a military tribunal, you get a lawyer, too.”
“He’s trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didn’t think it was appropriate,” Brown told POLITICO. “And I thought he was off base when it comes to explaining to the American people that somehow I need a lesson on whether people get attorneys — of course they get attorneys. There’s a difference as to what type of attorney they’re going to get and when they’re going to get that attorney, and how are they treated, and what rights do they, in fact, get.”
Brown said he is particularly incensed by Biden’s remarks because he’s served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard’s top defense attorney in New England.
“I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z,” Brown said.
Biden’s comments came as part of the White House’s effort to defend its move to try alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court, as well as the decision to read Miranda rights to the accused Christmas Day bomber.
“I’ve always felt that suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals and not civilian court, and as a matter of fact so do the majority of Americans,” Brown said. “The big difference is are we going to pay $1,000 an hour for a private attorney and treat him as a civilian or ordinary criminal in a criminal court, or are we going give him a military attorney who’s going to be paid as a captain, major or lieutenant colonel, and obviously go through the military tribunal process?”
American voters are listening to Senator Brown and like what they hear. The consensus surrounding Sloppy Joe Biden is that he is pretty much an idiot that lucked into his present situation.
What? No Christian Envoy?
Of course there is, but which likely lad is it – Reverend Wright, Reverend Al Sharpton or Reverend Jesse Jackson?
Reaching out to Muslims around the world, President Barack Obama used a taped video address on Saturday to make the surprise announcement that Rashad Hussein, deputy associate White House counsel, will serve as a special U.S. envoy to the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
Obama made the announcement about his pan-Islamic overture to delegates at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, an annual event hosted by the Saban Center at Brookings and the Government of Qatar.
The OIC calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” working “to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world.”
“Appointing a special envoy to the OIC is an important part of the president’s commitment to engaging Muslims around the world based on mutual respect and mutual interest,” an administration official said.
As much trouble as Obama is having with the “57 US States” you would think that he might appoint a special envoy to the American people.