Friday, February 24, 2006

Dems on Ethics: A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Newton's Third Law of Motion states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Newton obviously never met the Democratic Party. The Republican Congress has proven to be the most corrupt in generations and has bungled its response to the ethics problems by electing special-interest favorite Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as its new House majority leader. As one of his first acts, Boehner proposed to water down the already weak Republican package on ethics reform. To counter, the Democrats should have proposed an ethics plan as strong and bold as the GOP's is weak and floundering. Yet in early February, a top Democratic staffer was quoted in a Capitol Hill newspaper saying, "It's not clear that we have to go out with a bold, comprehensive package." So much for Newton. Only the Democrats could come up with such an underwhelming plan on ethics reform when a strong proposal would have been a political grand slam. In case you missed it (and you're not alone if you did), the ethics reform proposed by the Democrats is a peashooter aimed at the edges of the 800-ton blob eating Washington: corruption in politics. It includes proposals like banning corporate-paid travel, improving lobbying...
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