Generally when people take over an organization and pledge to “drain the swamp,” heads roll. People get pinched and then, get shown the door.
However, under the diligent watch of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, there has been absolutely no wrongdoing in the House. No wait, I read that wrong. There has been no punishment for wrongdoing since she took over, three years ago:
In that time, allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been lodged against lawmakers. The most serious rebuke in the past year: a “letter of qualified admonition” to Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., after the Senate ethics panel concluded he misled lawmakers and inappropriately offered to raise campaign funds for then-governor Rod Blagojevich as Burris sought the Senate appointment. “Three years later, it’s the same old, same old,” said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The most rank example of this has to be Rep. Charlie Rangel:
Rep. John Carter (R-Mars) wrote a resolution that would have removed Rep. Charlie Rangel from his position. Rather than remove him, the Democrats “voted 246 to 153 to refer the resolution to the Ethics Committee,” allowing him to remain head of the committee that writes federal tax law, even though he has several flagrant tax violations.
Examples? Oh, there are plenty:
1) failure to report over $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions as required by the House,
2) failure to disclose at least $650,000 in assets he had previously failed to list on his House financial disclosure forms,
3) failure to disclose to the IRS or on his financial disclosure forms $75,000 in rental income for a beach villa in the Dominican Republic,
4) violation of state laws by claiming three primary residences and broke municipal laws by maintaining four rent-controlled apartments,
5) violation of House rules by using congressional letterhead to solicit donations for an education center bearing his name at City College of New York, and
6) delinquency in paying his property taxes on two New Jersey parcels and failure to report the sale of a $1.3 million brownstone.
When Pelosiclaimed to have a transparent Congress, I guess she meant it would be clear to see how corrupt it was. I was thinking she meant something different.
They also found nothing wrong with William Jefferson, and left him in his post:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has dropped her demand that Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., resign from the powerful House Way & Means Committee – in exchange for a promise from the Congressional Black Caucus that they won’t campaign against her in advance of this fall’s critical mid-term elections.
He’s now serving time for bribery.