A Crook Takes His Seat
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Despite the promise made by House Minority Whip Roy Blunt to require a roll call vote on the appointment of William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana, to the Homeland Security Committee, Jefferson has quietly taken his seat on that committee.
In case you are wondering, the picture accompanying this story was taken at a hearing conducted by the Homeland Security Committee today in which Cold Cash actively participated and questioned witnesses.
What does this say about the ethics of the House Democrats? Not much and a lot.
We all know the story of William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana. He participated in a con, using his seat in Congress as his entrée into the scheme. During Hurricane Katrina he commandeered a National Guard vehicle to take him to his home to retrieve an undermined amount of cash presumably in small denomination bills with non-sequential serial numbers. Later an FBI visit to his home and office found some $90,000 squirreled away in his freezer. Unfortunately, it also found then-Speaker Denny Hastert with his head firmly planted in his fourth point of contact who contrived some ersatz separation of powers crisis to cover for this cretin.
Naturally, being from Louisiana where being a felon has never been a bar to elective office, he was easily reelected to his congressional seat.
In the aftermath of this, while Nancy Pelosi was still engaged in the hornswoggling of some millions of feckless voters, Jefferson was jettisoned from his lucrative seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. In a letter to Jefferson, Pelosi wrote:
"In the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee.''
She later elaborated:
“Democrats are determined to hold a high ethical standard," the party's leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday night after engineering a 99-58 vote of the rank and file that stripped Jefferson of his seat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
"This isn't about proof in the court of law. This is about an ethical standard,"
Last night on Larry King (sort of) Live she furiously backpedaled”
KING: What's about the flak over Congressman Jefferson?
He had $500,000 of alleged bribe money in his freezer and yet you put him on the House Homeland Security Committee.
PELOSI: Well, not that it makes any difference, but I think it was $90,000 in his freezer. And what I said to my colleagues is, you have $90,000 in your freezer, whatever the explanation, you have a problem with me.
So I had him removed from the Ways and Means Committee last year.
KING: Oh, I'm sorry. I had it wrong. It was -- I had it written 90. I read it wrong.
PELOSI: But Mr. Jefferson's district has been New Orleans, greatly affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. And the committee of jurisdiction there, Homeland Security, is an appropriate place for him to be. But I removed him from the Ways and Means Committee, that had something to do with the accusations made against him. Homeland Security does not.
This is nothing short of bizarre. Apparently graft and corruption is acceptable to the Speaker so long as it is done from the correct committee. Apparently the high standards of ethics which the Democrats claim to uphold are only operative so long as they are in the minority because not a peep of protest has been heard from the Democrat caucus.
There was a political joke that was au courant in the Philippines around the time Ferdinand Marcos was booted. It went:
“What is the difference between George Washington, Richard Nixon, and Ferdinand Marcos? One couldn’t tell a lie, one couldn’t tell the truth, and one couldn’t tell the difference.”
Right now Nancy Pelosi is somewhere between Nixon and Marcos on this continuum.