...with the stink of Tom Delay hanging on him like the booze fumes from a weeklong Dewey Beach bender, Castle introduces lobbying, ethics reform bill.
Delawareliberal welcomes Castle's acknowledgment that Republicans are too unethical to governBy JENNIFER BROOKS
News Journal Washington Bureau 03/10/2006
WASHINGTON -- If Congress cannot police itself, Rep. Mike Castle says, there should be an outside agency appointed to investigate ethical misdeeds on Capitol Hill.
Castle joins a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for an overhaul of Congress's ethics code and lobbying rules in the wake of recent scandals.
On Thursday, the Delaware Republican introduced a lobbying reform bill he hopes will make it easier to track what lobbyists are doing and to hold them -- and members of Congress -- accountable for their actions.Hey - What ever happened to not doing illegal crap because it is wrong? What ever happened to not trading votes for money and trips because it is wrong?
I thought the Republicans were supposed to be the party of "personal responsibility". Now they need a "NANNY 911" to smack them down when they grab too much out of the lobbyists candy bowl.
Here is the money quote waaaaaaaaay down on the bottom of the NJ article "The problem, Castle said, as that the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct was not carrying out it duty to be Congress' ethical watchdog."
What Congressman "Pocket Change" Castle fails to mention is that Tom Delay and the Republican majority basically blew up the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct so that IT COULD NOT carry out it duty to be Congress' ethical watchdog.
This whole pandering proposal is like someone going around a WAWA store breaking and disconnecting all of the security cameras in order to let his friends run amok, then saying, "We need some security cameras in here."