Congressional Ethics Reforms Take Hold

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200701/POL20070112a.html

    Mollohan's Bid to Allay Conflict of Interest Criticism Falters

    By Randy Hall
    CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
    January 12, 2007

    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), the new chairman of the panel that determines the budget of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has promised to recuse himself from matters related to the FBI while he remains under FBI investigation, but the attempt to fend off criticism of his appointment appeared to have backfired.

    The FBI is examining charges that Mollohan illegally benefited from distribution of federal funds.

    On Wednesday, Mollohan was selected to head the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee for Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies, which oversees the Department of Justice, including the FBI.

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    "It sets a new low for the House of Representatives to have a chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the FBI while he is under investigation by the FBI," Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative legal group, told Cybercast News Service.

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    Boehm noted allegations that Mollohan "has earmarked tens of millions of dollars to groups associated with his personal business partners, who have invested with him to make him a millionaire many times over in a short period of time."

    As Cybercast News Service previously reported, documents obtained by the NLPC show that Mollohan and his wife, Barbara, reported under $550,000 in assets in 2000. That figure soared to more than $8 million just five years later.
     
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    Senator Reid announces plans for the dems in the Senate to block exposure of pork barrel project spending, shooting in the foot the dems pledge of open government.
     
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    Got a source for that?
     
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    ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC

    In an amusing bit or turnaround Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) added an amendment to Harry Reid’s ethics bill that would have the shocking, shocking effect of bringing earmark reporting in the Senate ethics bill in line with Pelosi’s bill in the House. Reid, chair of the Earmark Committee (known in some circles as ‘Appropriations’), tried to block the amendment but a small gang of Dem Senators jumped sides and blocked the block. Paul Kiel tells what happened next:

    nstead of then passing DeMint’s amendment, as would normally occur in the Senate, the Democratic leadership held the vote open, a move that Senate Republicans called unprecedented, and reminiscent of tactics used by the GOP-controlled House that voters just booted.
     
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    Didn't take their ethics reforms to take a backseart to politics as usual.
     
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    Crying out for ethics at home and abroad, Pelosi rams through HR1.........


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]HR1 implements 9-11 Commission recommendations. Senate soon to follow. Then we will be more secure, as in the creation of a national identity center and a few other creations:[/FONT]


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--Continuity of Government requires the suspension of our Constitution. It enables the House and Senate to appoint themselves, rather than be elected, in times of emergency.​
    [/FONT]


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--personal identity checkpoints on roads and highways and interstates across the USA. Probable cause? Reasonable suspicion? Not necessary. You're upset when stopped for a roadside breathalyzer test? Just wait until this happens: [/FONT]


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]"Just checking to see who you are, ma'am. May I see your international identity card, please? Thank you. Place your thumb on this electronic screening device, please. Thank you. Stare into this electronic screening device, please. Thank you. You may go." That means your thumbprint and iris are not recorded in the National Crime and Terroists Information Center in Washington, D.C. [/FONT]


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--Standard format for birth certificates, drivers' licenses, international identity cards, issued by the federal government. Shucks, folks. Let's simply do this. "Do you want your identity chip under the skin on your hand, or under the skin on your forehead?" "No ma'am, sorry. You can't put it there." [/FONT]​



    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--A requirement to defend Muslims against dictatorial regimes and the criminal element around the world. Is there a similar provision for everyone else?[/FONT]


    --Organize and financially support, internationally, opportunities for Muslim youth. $$$$, mortar and bricks, for places of learning [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]that will no doubt teach Wahabiism and Shari Law. You really don't believe that these youngsters will be permitted to adopt American values, do you? That is apparently the naive goal of this recommendation.[/FONT]​



    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--Some of us won't be able to use the airlines anymore because of our federal identity profile. Without realizing it, some of us will be on federal identity watch lists. Watch for federal oversight of all public airways. That's radio, TV, internet, E-Mail.......... and watch for a registered letter to some of us requesting an itemized copy of all of your financial transactions for the past month, year, 10 year time period. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]--International border security. Will the nation boundaries that formerly existed in Europe be restored? Will Mexico help us defend the USA?[/FONT]


    These outstanding examples among 41 recommendations now codified as law. Whoopee.
     

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