The other day with the House Ethics Committee, of course we know that the democrats are ripping Rep. Tom DeLay again yet there is no proof of wrongdoing. Now, what the democratic party wanted was a return to the old rules in the committee where if it was ruled 5-5, then an investigation would take place. Currently, 5-5 means that the investigation is over. In a move to try and accomodate the left, Rep. Dennis Hastert who is the house majority leader decided to ok the changing of the rules and go back to the rules that were in place before. A letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi was sent. Denny Hastert's comments below are taken from the Rush Limbaugh Show.
HASTERT: They took issue with process. Well, I'm willing to step back. We had a long discussion about that. I think we need to move forward in the ethics process. I think that there are issues out there that need to be discussed. I think that there's a member, especially on our side, that needs to have the process move forward so he can clear his name. Right now we can't clear his name. The media wants to talk about ethics as long as the word is stalemate. That's all that is in the press today is the ethics stalemate.
Interestingly enough, the minority leader Nancy Pelosi decided to actually reject the rules that her party wanted in the first place. Nancy Pelosi's comments are also taken from the Rush Limbaugh Show.
PELOSI: What I'm hearing them say is they may want to return to the old rules. That's like taking two steps forward in terms of undermining the ethics process and one step back if they don't also change the staffing changes that they have made there. So we have heard nothing from them.
Am I reading this right??
Seeing this, here is my individual take on this situation. Personally, the democrats are doing nothing but whining and complaining because after being in power for 40 years, we took that away when we won the House back in 1992, which then led to Bush in 2000/2004 and then winning the Senate. It is about control of power. Any concessions that the republican party are never good enough. Also, any solution is never good enough for the democrats because they have to propose an idea which if its actualy good is surprising to many. Republicans have clearly dominated in the arena of ideas for many years. A perfect example not related to this is the privitization of social security. Back around 1997-1998, President Clinton proposed the exact same thing that President Bush is proposing now. Yet the media is ga-ga over Clinton yet hates Bush with a passion. Thats another issue...
Back to the Ethics committee...part of the reason that Nancy Pelosi rejected the return to the old rules is simple. Her aides have also violated ethics standards and have failed to file with the FEC for trips that were taken to places like Korea. Now the office is filing after the fact while DeLay had always taken care of his paperwork with the FEC and everything else before the fact. My idea is that Pelosi doesn't want to end up in a similar situation where DeLay is being grilled by the partisan media and also the partisan left. She will try to do anything to get out of a possible ethics investigation, and that is anything. Including going back on the party's wishes to change back to the original rules of the House Ethics Committee.
Needless to say, the democrats want total control of power, and will stop at nothing to gain all power. America is waking up to the partisan left however, and democrats have been losing ground a ton in recent years. It's documented. I think its a case where there just is the notion where no amount of power is ever good enough.
What the republican party needs to do is strengthen their rule. Personally, I don't like Bill Frist as a leadership figure. He needs to rule more with an iron fist, similar to what Hastert does. If we keep being easy, then we will have taken the position of the minority, which we had for more than 40 years. We do not need that again. Can anyone say Jimmy Carter as one of our worst presidents ever?
As for the arena of ideas, good luck to the democrats using strategy from many moons ago. Times have changed.
My prediction on DeLay...he will be cleared. I can't say the same for Pelosi as there will probably be an investigation at some point. It would be interesting to see how she would handle that notion.
House Rules: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/da
Pelosi's answer: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/da