The "Willie Sutton" Republicans
Here are a couple more GOP outrages for you tonight. First, we find out that after the House GOP leadership closed the energy bill to further amendments, and after committee chairman Corrupt Joe Barton gaveled the debate to a close, Tom DeLay added a provision to the bill that amounts to a $1.5 billion giveaway of taxpayer dollars to his district, Marathon Oil, and, you guessed it, Halliburton. None of the conference committee members saw the provision or had a chance to review it and debate it before Barton closed the debate and DeLay inserted his payola. The tactic is similar to what the House GOP leadership did last week in inserting into a medical malpractice bill a liability shield for drug makers after the bill had been closed for further debate in committee and sent directly to the House floor. Henry Waxman caught DeLay’s payola on the Halliburton giveaway and is requesting that Denny Hastert have it stripped from the energy bill before it goes to the House floor for a final vote.
Second, as you know Bush has nominated House GOP representative Christopher Cox to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, a post for which he is ethically unqualified. Keep in mind this is the same guy who claimed a moral outrage at Clinton over the alleged passing of nuclear technology to China in exchange for campaign contributions. Well, now it turns out that the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights has uncovered evidence that in his confirmation hearings before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Cox perjured himself by failing to disclose his role in a $130 million scam of small investors and a fraud lawsuit naming him as a defendant. Yet Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are poised to vote for Cox.
Look, we’re dealing with the most arrogant, corrupt generation of GOP sleaze balls we have ever seen. These guys are acting like brazen bank robbers trying for several more scores before the law (the 2006 elections) catches up to them. Barry Goldwater is turning over in his grave.
Now that the GOP has established such behavior as standard operating procedure in Washington without a whimper from the corporate media, I guess this means that when Democrats reacquire power we can behave the same way for our friends and lie to Congress as well, right?