Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Word to the Unwise

Dear Eric Massa,
Yes, it does seem that the attacks aimed at you are suspiciously timed. However, please consider that if you hadn't treated your intern pool like your own personal happy tickle factory they wouldn't have any ammo to come after you with. You can't complain about the timing of the assault when you've provided the weapons.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Paul Ryan

Working on getting my vote for President in 2012.

Read Read this.

and this.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Charlie Rangel: The Buck Stops Elsewhere

Charlie Rangel, arguably the House’s most ethically challenged member, has added to his running tally of oversights. Although investigations of Rangel’s actions are now almost routine, nothing seems to stick. Will Charlie Rangel finally be forced to resign from his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means committee?

Ethically challenged seems like a fair description of Rangel. The twenty term Congressman knows the ropes and exactly what he can get away with. In the past Rangel has flirted with ethical violations by using a rent-stabilized apartments in New York and by failing to declare income and assets on the annual financial disclosures congress members must complete. This time he enjoyed Caribbean trips in 2007 and 2008 funded by corporate sponsors. His excuse? He didn’t know who was paying for the trip. What kind of disconnect does being a lifetime member of Congress create that you have no idea who is springing for your Caribbean excursion and you don’t ask? He admits his staff knew who was paying, but that he was not aware. Convenient to have staff to throw under the bus.

Nancy Pelosi again refuses to remove Rangel or demand his resignation from the influential tax policy committee. While she admits it doesn’t look good for Rangel she quips “[i]t was not something that jeopardized our country in any way.” Lots of things don’t rise to the level of jeopardizing our country, but they are still punished. How long will Pelosi and Democrats look the other way and make excuses for Rangel’s ethical lapses?