Mar 11, 2010

Report: So much for draining the swamp

A report in the Washington Examiner by Cal Thomas is titled, “So much for draining the swamp.”

Before Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became speaker of the House, she promised during the Bush administration that if voters allowed Democrats to regain a congressional majority Democrats would establish "the most ethical Congress in history." Pelosi pledged to "drain the swamp" of corruption in Washington.

Not only has the swamp not been drained, Democrats have begun treating it as a hot tub. The party is a long way from achieving anything close to ethical purity. But then, so are Republicans.

Nancy Pelosi has famously talked on may occasions about the Republican “culture of corruption.”

The Cal Thomas report lists several instances of corruption attributed to both Washington politicians but on the state level as well - notably New York governor David Paterson.

Republicans have their own hall of shame, most recently those associated with Jack Abramoff.

The problem in Washington has at least two dimensions. One is the virus of corruption that does not discriminate between parties. The other is the character of the individuals voters send to Washington, too many of whom become corrupt because they stay too long.

Prime examples of politicians who became corrupt by staying too long are Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) and the late Congressman John Murtha (D-PA).

The Cal Thomas report is here. A Senator Byrd report is here. Click here for a John Murtha report.