October 19, 2009

“Congress will protect its own, no matter what”

Taking office in 2006, Congressional Democrats promised to stop the "culture of corruption" that had permeated Congress. How has it been working out for them?

Not well:

With high-profile investigations under way against Democrats and Republicans, Congress is facing a series of difficult tests of the toughened ethics system that it put in place to weed out corruption and malfeasance among its members…

Since then, however, no member of Congress has been censured, the toughest punishment short of expulsion, despite a number of recent scandals involving sexual impropriety, financial dealings and conflicts of interest. The record illustrates how Congress has struggled to police itself after years in which its ethics committees were often derided as ineffectual. (Emphasis added)

Despite the lofty rhetoric, John Ensign, Charlie Rangel, David Vitter, Chris Dodd, and Maxine Waters are all facing questions regarding potential corruption or impropriety.

No wonder Congressional approval ratings are in the 20s.