GorT’s liberal relatives fired up this morning regarding the GOP’s late night move to attempt to dismantle the Office of Congressional Ethics. The problem is that any move against an office purported to be in existence to provide independent oversight for ethics is fraught with peril – soundbites are easy and the stories almost write themselves: “Crony politicans out to gut office providing ethics oversight”. Yeah, that’ll go well.
Let’s be clear: GorT is no fan of politicians and thinks many are pretty slimy and an ethics oversight body is likely warranted. In addition, GorT finds himself struggling to identify with the GOP per se as they have been blundering about for so long and not focused on the main issues that matter in my eye(s).
Having said that, here’s a piece of advice to those who would care to engage a liberal on this matter. Did you know that the democrats tried twice within the last seven years to do similar damage to that same office?
First, in 2010, Representative Marica Fudge (D-OH) and the Congressional Black Caucus authored and supported a measure to, in the words of the Politico report, “gut [the] ethics office”.
Second, in 2011, Representative Melvin Watt (D-NC) tried to cut the budget of the OCE by 40%. This only a year after that same office had him under investigation for campaign fundraising events. According to the NY Times blog, Republican leaders were pressured, upon taking on the leadership role in the house in 2011, to reign in or kill the office but resisted.
In neither case did Pelosi, Reid, Obama, or other democrats decry the move. So now you have pieces like this in the Huffington Post with Rep Pelosi saying that the Republicans had “clear contempt for ethics in the People’s House”. Where was this back in 2010 and 2011 when she was the Speaker of the House and her OWN party was trying it?
We’re in for years of this kind of thing…just wait.
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