|A Rare Display Of Sanity
||[Jan. 4th, 2005|10:55 pm]
Clean The House: Government Ethics Watch
House Republicans today reversed a rule change and will now again require that House Republican leaders and committee chairs to step down from their leadership posts once indicted. |
Most of the republican complaining say that the tougher rule means that the indicted leader is guilty until proven innocent. In my opinion, not exactly. It is not a new idea to hold elected officials to a higher ethical standard. In fact the tougher rule wasn't even adopted by the party until 1994, when the Republicans took control of the House. It seems avoiding the very appearance of impropriety was important to Newt Gingrich in those days.
One of the funniestest quotes about the rules meeting comes from Rep. Zach Wamp, R, Tenn, as quoted in the Houston Chronicle:""I feel like we have all taken a shower and now we can all go to war." I'm still trying to figure that one out.