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"DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot"

OK, so let me see if I've got this all sorted out:

  • Tom DeLay gets indicted on charges of illegal corporate campaign donations and has to quit as Majority Leader.
  • As punishment, he gets the job as head of the Appropriations Committee - which deals in money.
  • He also gets a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department - you know, the ones that investigate people who do illegal things with money (like Jack Abramoff, the example quoted in the article - you know, that crooked lobbyist who did illegal things with money and, you know, is connected to Tom DeLay).
  • DeLay replaces Duke Cunningham on the committee who had to resign because he did illegal things with money.
I'm sorry, but I feel like I'm stuck in an Escher print, a snake that keeps feeding on itself. WTF are the Republicans thinking?

I find myself in agreement with this quote from the article:

"Allowing Tom DeLay to sit on a committee in charge of giving out money is like putting Michael Brown back in charge of FEMA..."

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boywhocantsayno
Feb. 9th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
You think that's crazy? Our new Minister of Justice and Attorney General has a criminal record for breaking campaign finance laws.

Our new Minister of Finance held the same position in the provincial government a few years ago, and following the last election when his party lost, the new Premier took one look at the books and said, "Deficit? You said we were running a surplus!"

Our Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics was elected as a member of the other major party, and defected when a cabinet seat was dangled in front of him (after the Conservatives went apeshit over Belinda Stronach doing the same thing last year; the difference being that she did it over a year after the election, over a disagreement with the party leader - who is our new Prime Minister - on same-sex marriage).

Oh, and our Minister of Public Works isn't even a Member of Parliament. The Conservatives campaigned on changing our Senate to an elected body, so what's the first thing they do? They appoint this guy to the Senate so that he can be in the Cabinet.

Both of these last two were placed into cabinet because Stephen Harper thought it important to make sure that Vancouver and Montreal had cabinet representation, since his party failed to elect a single MP in either city. Well, they didn't elect anyone in Toronto either, but we didn't get a cabinet minister parachuted in. The closest we got is a guy who represents a suburban community to the north - the area that benefitted the most from Toronto being hosed by the provincial government. The same provincial government that our new Minister of Finance (see above) served in.

Okay, I'll shut up now...
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paladin_of_gaia
Feb. 9th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
The republican party is a parasite, its purpose is to gorge itself on the bloated host that is the United States. They feed, we weaken. None of this is surprising, but outrage is a good feeling to have about it.
esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
And we know how much you enjoy outrage. :D
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esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
At the risk of further damage to their already tattered reputation.
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jezebelleinhell
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
even republican's don't like DeLay
esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
So they give him a cherry spot?
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darrelx
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Simple answer: An indictment is not a conviction. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The GOP Party's Rules (internal rules, not binding laws), in an effort to protect the party, say that if there is an indictment you can't be the party's leader. That is the only reason DeLay had to step down (and probably the only reason he was being targeted for investigation in the first place).

Until (and IF he gets convicted, he is still a representative of his state. He still has a job to do. He was already ON the appropriations committee, and was the senior member after Duke Cuningham resigned... so he got the job.

The only reason to make a point of this is if you already have him convicted in your mind.
esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
You're right, it's not a conviction. However, given that he is now on a governing body that presides over the very institution that is doing the investigating, doesn't that sound a little fishy to you? He should recuse himself for blatant conflict of interest (at least from the subcommittee).

And for the pure sake of political appearances, how does it look when a man accused of illegally handling money gets the top spot on the governing body that handles money?

IMHO, Bush and the Republicans just keep digging themselves in deeper and deeper, and rank and file party members keep defending their actions. Why? Either blind devotion, the drunkenness of power, or they're simply not scared that any viable Democratic candidates are going to dethrone them.

IMHO, at least.
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liberal talk shows - jezebelleinhell - Feb. 9th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
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jezebelleinhell
Feb. 9th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: conservative talk shows
Ah, there it is. :)
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jezebelleinhell
Feb. 9th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
and how are we feeling about Nancy Pelosi?
esprix
Feb. 9th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't done any research to have an opinion, but it sounds like you're ready to lay some info on me. :P
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jezebelleinhell
Feb. 10th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
now what's REALLY funny is that I got my Limbaugh Letter in yesterday's mail *giggle*
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