Deserve better

Congressional Democrats have performed disgracefully. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is reported to have failed to disclose millions in income, failed the requirement to disclose all of his assets, and failed to pay his taxes. He is the chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel is under an ethics committee investigation. Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, moved to remove Rangel from his committee chairmanship. This motion was defeated on a party-line vote. Rep. Michael Michaud voted with the Democrats. Curiously, Rangel has contributed funds to Michaud's political campaigns.

It appears that protecting a disreputable Democrat party member is more important than running Congress honestly and ethically. No wonder people have no faith in Congress.

This lapse into dishonest and unethical activity happens all too frequently, particularly under the Obama administration. The Republicans have had their lapses, too, but most of them did the responsible thing and stepped down. There are probably others people haven't heard about yet from both parties.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised "the most ethical Congress ever," but has done little to curb the cheaters.

The Republicans learned their lessons the hard way and are now repentant. Being in the majority, the Democrats arrogantly show no signs of reform, and the media omits or plays down any unfavorable stories.

Taxpaying voters need to wake up. We deserve better.

Jim Walker, Auburn

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Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Trying to defend Republicans

Trying to defend Republicans is a pretty pointless task. They have no credibility left. Whether its political indiscretion (like the party of small government and balanced budgets growing government faster than any other administration in history and running up the deficit a dozen times larger than all Democrats and Republican administrrations in history) or outright crime, the Republicans have an unmatched recorded. Cunningham went to jail, but he stayed in office until the last minute. Democrats have Murtha, Cunningham's counterpart which suggests the military procurement is seriously broken, but he has not been charged with anything not even an ethics violation. Bush and company saw contractors in Iraq steal $20 billion and if you throw in waste may be as high as triple that. Susan Collins held not one hearing and the Bush administration did nothing. The list of Republicans convicted of corruption is as long as your arm. Democrats on the other hand can now prove that federal prosecutions were directed by the Bush political office with Rove in charge not by DOJ.
Jon Albrecht Dixfield

Four hundred million dollars

Four hundred million dollars missing from the Diebold ATM's care to explain David? Or, could it be that the money was looped back and placed back into Republican donations. Read that on ZDNet they seem to have the news down pretty well to a practical science on what truly goes on technologically speaking it is better to have seen that. Really catches some of my Republican classmates off guard when they storm on and on about Obama when I noticed that are party also received contributions from Diebold which had manufactured are voting machines it seems to me that it was corruption that should never have been allowed in the first place. That is why I switched to Linux after noticing the blemishes against Windows servers and hacking attempts made on those servers.

Joseph Ziehm
Lewiston, ME
"Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" Colossians 4: 1-2

David A. Gagnon's picture

I guess Lil doesn't really

I guess Lil doesn't really get what the statement is saying.

Mark Wrenn's picture

Maybe you missed this

Maybe you missed this part:"The Republicans have had their lapses, too, but most of them did the responsible thing and stepped down."
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"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mark Wrenn's picture

Enzi, Vitter, Sanford? When

Enzi, Vitter, Sanford? When did they all step down?
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"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ray St. Onge's picture

Lil, I don't remember

Lil, I don't remember President Clinton stepping down and neither had Gov. Patterson.

Ray St. Onge's picture

Did Sen. Daniel

Did Sen. Daniel Inouye,Former Rep. Gus Savage,Rep. Barney Frank,Former Rep. Fred Richmond,Former Rep. John Young,Former Rep. Gerry Studds,Former Rep. Mel Reynolds and the last Sen. Teddy Kennedy resign over their sexual escapades?

David A. Gagnon's picture

Ah, here we go the

Ah, here we go the self-righteous Honu has spoken. Here's a flash for you. The Ashcroft and Gonzales witch hunt had to end, the AG's office had nothing as far as evidence. Have you noticed how it quietly went away. It was all done to stir up resentment so as to get a democrat (liberal at that) elected. And poor man, do your research. You'll be surprised at what you find. Like this one liner."The only difference between democrats and republicans when it comes to sex offenders is: Democrats have more, and re-elect them."
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f4c_1254342072
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1711656/posts

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Any politician, Republican

Any politician, Republican or Democrat, who is corrupt should be criminally prosecuted, regardless of which party holds power. That said they are far more Republican criminals:

http://www.republicanoffenders.com/

Any problem that can't be solved with taxcuts, republicans pretend doesn't exist.

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