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Quote of the day
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to get her stalled "ethics reform" bill off the ground again and has struck upon a rather novel idea. They'll form an outside committee in which she picks 3 members and Republican Minority Leader Boehner picks 3 members (none can be members of Congress) and turn ethics probes over to them (it only requires 2 of them to bring charges and they can bring those charges anonymously).

Says Democratic Congresswoman and Rules Committee Chairwoman Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY):
“What makes people think that six people chosen at random would have more ethics, more intelligence, more judgment than we have?” (Rules Committee Meeting, February 27, 2008)
Excuse me, I'm going to be laughing so hard for the next five or so minutes I won't be able to blog.
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How about "The law of probability"?

If this gets through, what do I have to do to get appointed as one of the three republicans?
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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How about: You’re politicians; they will have worked for a living at a job other than pandering.
Written By: Acad Ronin
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Laughter is the only appropriate response. Guys, skip the probability lessons and/or logic. Just let go and laugh.
Written By: William Tanksley Jr
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You can pick six people at random from a phone book and I would be willing to bet they are much more honest and intelligent than members of Congress.
Written By: retired military
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"I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 people on the faculty of Harvard University."

-William F. Buckley

A modified version of that sentiment would apply here...
Written By: marc
They allow anonymous accusations by hand picked partisans and then wonder why we think six people chosen at random have more intelligence and better judgement.
Written By: timactual
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Where is she getting this idea that they’d be chosen at random? Pelosi and Boehner would be choosing them. This would be an outside committee only in the sense that the people wouldn’t be members of Congress. They would still be chosen by Congressional leadership.
Written By: Jeremy Pierce

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