December 3, 2006

DID SENATOR BYRD DIE LAST NIGHT?:

Is the New Congress to Be Believed? (NY Times, 12/03/06)

Well before Election Day, the smart-money lobbyists of K Street were already shifting campaign donations to safe Democratic incumbents, greasing access to the next Congressional majority. That should be warning enough to the incoming speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to deliver quickly and credibly on their campaign vows to attack the corrupt, quid-pro-quo culture that besotted the Republican-controlled Capitol. [...]

There will be only one good chance to get this right. Once the new year begins, any feeling of urgency will fade, replaced by a determination to acquire, and protect, whatever power and turf are available. At a minimum, the reforms must include:

Creation of a public integrity office to do more than merely audit lobbyists’ filings.


Making an anti-constitutional non-starter the test of their seriousness is silly even for the Times.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2006 10:53 AM
Comments

Creation of a public integrity office

Oh,goodie. Another layer of bureaucracy that requires paid "consultants" and "advisors" and a little Congressional help to navigate and circumvent. What is it with some people who think that the solution to a problem is to keep doing the same thing, but harder and faster and lots more of the same? (And you find 'em in business, too. But at least there, the only people who get hurt are the stockholders.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 3, 2006 1:23 PM

With lots of the same people involved as were in Clinton's most ethical administration ever, you'd think integrity would be the last word they'd want bandied about.

Posted by: erp at December 3, 2006 1:34 PM

It's actually charming: The Ministry of Truth proposes The Department of Integrity.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at December 3, 2006 1:42 PM

Mike:

And the best part would be the Permanent Investigative Branch (to monitor only the Republican party, of course).

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 4, 2006 11:03 AM
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