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May 31, 2007

So Much For 'Ending The Culture Of Corruption' - Part 2

In our previous post today on the culture of corruption in the now Democratically-controlled Congress, we posted on a CNN investigation into how Congress spends taxpayer money, and noted that it did so, "quickly, secretly and by the truckload.

Here, CNN looks at more Congressional Democrats and earmarks, concluding: "The democrats promised reform. It's not happening." And "What does congressman Murtha have to say in defense of the "National Drug Intelligence Center" in Pennsylvania? Surprisingly, nothing at all."

Says CNN: [A Murtha] Spokesman told us the requests had all been submitted. They are available for review with the committee. Then we got another e-mail saying that he was mistaken, those earmarks aren't available for review after all."

Related: Murtha's an embarrassment the Democrats can't hide:Democrats controlling the House of Representatives demonstrated this month the hollowness of their claim that they have ended the corruption of 12 Republican years. Rep. John Murtha quietly slipped into the intelligence authorization bill two earmarks costing taxpayers $5.5 million. The beneficiary was a contractor headquartered in Murtha's hometown of Johnstown, Pa., whose executives have been generous political contributors to the powerful 17-term congressman.

This scandalous conduct would be unknown except for reforms by the new Democratic majority. But the remodeled system is not sufficiently transparent to expose in a timely manner machinations of Murtha and fellow earmarkers to his colleagues, much less to the public.

Posted by Richard at May 31, 2007 9:05 PM

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