Dear Congressional Democrats ... Posted by: McQ
on Thursday, June 19, 2008
I'm still waiting for someone on your side to announce the investigation of Senator Dodd (and others) for a very questionable relationship with an institution over which he, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, had oversight.
If you need to borrow a little wording so you can use the appropriate rhetoric in your announcement, may I suggest looking over these quotes:
“Enron clearly raises the suspicions of the American people about the connection between political contributions and public policy.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (“Democrats force House to vote on campaign funds; Enron’s actions help assure vote on halting ‘soft money,’”San Francisco Chronicle, Marc Sandalow, January 25, 2002).
“I think there should be hearings. Republicans won’t have hearings.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the WorldCom collapse (CQ Daily, June 26, 2002, “WorldCom Scandal Shakes Up Senate Calendar, Summer Politics,” Emily Pierce, Susan Ferrechio and Keith Perine).
“We can’t sit here sanctimoniously and browbeat Enron and Arthur Andersen executives and question every decision they made if we’re not willing to give the same scrutiny to ourselves, and the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration. And if we don’t examine how the political system broke down, the public will see through us and that, in truth, will only deepen cynicism.” – Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), House Financial Services Committee hearing on Enron collapse, February 6, 2002.
“A group of House Democrats today asked House Republican leaders to hold hearings to determine if there were any improper relationships between Enron Corp. executives and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials. In a letter sent to House Speaker Hastert, House Minority Whip Pelosi, Government Reform ranking member Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Reps. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., and Bob Filner, D-Calif., said ‘the American people deserve to know whether or not FERC has been doing its job and protecting consumers or whether it has been influenced by Enron to do otherwise.’ The lawmakers, who did not reveal any specific links between the embattled company and the energy regulators, asked for hearing[s] in the Government Reform and the Energy and Commerce committees.” (Mullen, Brody; National Journal’s CongressDaily, “House Dems Ask Hearings On Enron, FERC Connections,” June 18, 2002)
“We can’t say anything [about the Enron scandal] until we know what the facts are. But the facts — some of the facts that we know are these: We know that Enron gave a huge amount of money, over $6 million over a period of time, to elected officials. . .Whether there is a crime connected there remains to be seen, but I think that we cannot dispose of the issue until we have the facts.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi, CNN’s “Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields,” February 16, 2002.
“The group’s startup was funded through a large contract [secured from] Enron. . .The image and integrity of Congress have been called into serious question. To restore public faith in Congress, the institution must initiate a careful examination of how corrupt practices have influenced the legislative process. Understanding what went wrong is a prerequisite to accountability and reform.” – Letter from House Minority Leader Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Henry Waxman seeking congressional investigation of Alexander Strategy Group; Pelosi press release, January 25, 2006.
Good luck. I'm sure looking forward to you doing your duty.
[And yeah, I am writing from a reverse parallel universe where Democrats actually take their prior rhetorical posturing seriously and always do the right thing].
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