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Losthwy
04-22-2011, 02:19 PM
From- Capitol Hill Blue
Didn’t take long for the new wave of so-called reformers swept into Congress in the 2010 elections to learn how to play the Washington game of piling on the pork.
West VirginiaRepublican (http://www.gop.com/) freshman Rep.David McKinley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McKinley), one of those who campaigned on tea party themes of cutting spending and ending waste, needed only three weeks to drop a bill to help a big campaign contributor,Arch Coal (http://www.archcoal.com/).
McKinley’s bill, Politco reports (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53490.html), would help the coal company by overturning anEnvironmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov) ruling. Then McKinley would introduce another bill, doing after an EPA regulation that places restrictions on architectural and engineering firms that promote coal-ash bricks and drywall.
And it turns out McKinley founded one of those firms before running for Congress.
While McKinley’s actions didn’t directly violate any ethics rules, they did skirt the limits of propriety for a member of Congress and his actions, along with those of other members of the tea party “reformers’ show that they quickly learned how to do things the old-fashioned Washington way.
A review by Politico shows at least nine members of the freshman class of House Members introduced bills that would directly help major donors or industries in their districts.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

road kill
04-22-2011, 02:27 PM
From- Capitol Hill Blue
Didn’t take long for the new wave of so-called reformers swept into Congress in the 2010 elections to learn how to play the Washington game of piling on the pork.
West VirginiaRepublican (http://www.gop.com/) freshman Rep.David McKinley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McKinley), one of those who campaigned on tea party themes of cutting spending and ending waste, needed only three weeks to drop a bill to help a big campaign contributor,Arch Coal (http://www.archcoal.com/).
McKinley’s bill, Politco reports (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53490.html), would help the coal company by overturning anEnvironmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov) ruling. Then McKinley would introduce another bill, doing after an EPA regulation that places restrictions on architectural and engineering firms that promote coal-ash bricks and drywall.
And it turns out McKinley founded one of those firms before running for Congress.
While McKinley’s actions didn’t directly violate any ethics rules, they did skirt the limits of propriety for a member of Congress and his actions, along with those of other members of the tea party “reformers’ show that they quickly learned how to do things the old-fashioned Washington way.
A review by Politico shows at least nine members of the freshman class of House Members introduced bills that would directly help major donors or industries in their districts.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Thank GOD those pillars of righteousness (the Democrats) are there to set all this right with that moral compass that guides them so well!!!:rolleyes:


RK

Losthwy
04-22-2011, 05:00 PM
Thank GOD those pillars of righteousness (the Democrats) are there to set all this right with that moral compass that guides them so well!!!:rolleyes:


RK

Speaking of moral compass which way is Sen. John Ensign pointing today?

huntinman
04-22-2011, 06:13 PM
Speaking of moral compass which way is Sen. John Ensign pointing today?


Ensign is and idiot and is getting what he deserves... but you guys don't have much room to crow. Macanudo in the Oval Office regards.

road kill
04-22-2011, 07:33 PM
Speaking of moral compass which way is Sen. John Ensign pointing today?

I don't know, maybe he could get some guidance from Barney Frank or John Edwards!!:D

(making no excuses for the slimey Ensign)


RK