Politics, Technology, and Language

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Pleased no violations of the law were found? Pleased?

Posted by metaphorical on 10 December 2006

As we wait for the Democrats and the 110th Congress to begin in January, let’s remember that in the 109th, the minority party didn’t exactly abstain from earmarks, boondoggles, or ethics violations.

So when we look at this, are we seeing the dying gasp of Republicans, putting their own malfeasances to bed while still the majority party, or is it a harbinger of demoralizations to come? Here’s a clue, 110th Congress. We didn’t elect you to make sure laws weren’t technically violated. Start doing the right thing, or you’ll go the way of the 109th.

Panel blasts Hastert in Foley scandal

WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Mark Foley was described as a “ticking time bomb” for his sexual come-ons to male pages, but Republican lawmakers and aides for a decade failed to protect the teenagers vulnerable to his advances, the House ethics committee concluded Friday. Despite that finding, the panel said no rules had been broken and no one should be punished.

The committee harshly criticized Speaker
Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., saying the evidence showed he was told of the problem months before he acknowledged learning of Foley’s questionable e-mails to a former Louisiana page. It rejected Hastert’s contention that he couldn’t recall separate warnings from two House Republican leaders.

Hastert said he was pleased the committee found “there was no violation of any House rules by any member or staff.”

Hopefully we the voters can’t be so easily pleased.

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