Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ethics is soooo 1995.

David Sirota has this blast from the past:

"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they working hard to represent their constituents? The people, the American people, have a right to know... I say the best disinfectant is full disclosure, not isolation." - U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, 11/16/95


Feeding at the public trough, check.

Taking lobbyist-paid vactions, check.

Wined and dined, check.

What was that other thing our elected officials are supposed to do? Oh, right, represent us. I guess DeLay will get around to that eventually.


  • It is interesting that the R's ran against "special interest" and corruption, and have given us the most corrupt congress in modern times. However, the American public has only itself to blame. I live in District 22 and yet I would wager walking up and down my street that no more than 60% of the people would even know who Tom Delay is, yesterday I was ask what party he belonged to, that is pitiful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 PM  

  • Every voter left behind

    The information is available -- but people are not able to process it. The blogs have done a lot to engage the electorate in active political discourse, but for every advantage there's a countersetback from networks like Fox or Air America (which I listen to religiously).

    The public as an electorate, in almost any district I know of (with the possible exception of my own here in Manhattan), is not positioned to monitor and check the abuses of DeLay and others.

    The standard of fairness varies too greatly from district to district, time to time. Also, the electorate has allowed themselves to painted trapped into a number of separate compartments of partisanship, where we stand defensively and ceaselessly barking at the opposition (everything that moves outside of our cage door.)

    There has to be broader bipartisan consent on what constitutes "fairness" and reason.

    In the latest issue of Harper's, Lewis Lapham writes that "the disparity of the incomes of a CEO and a common laborer standing at 475 to 1 in America, 15 to 1 in France, 13 to 1 in Sweden."

    There are plenty of people outraged by DeLays legislative practices and their results. But until we can all get on the same page about fair and reasonable representation, the same B.S. is going to happen over and over again.

    By Blogger liberal elite, at 1:21 PM  

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