August 19, 2009
How ethics disappear | financial, fellow, decided – Columns – Sun Journal
More opinions weigh in on Dodd and Conrad and Countrywide…
Something else seems to have escaped these two U. S. senators – namely, that they are U.S. senators. Which means their getting a loan at a preferential rate through the head of a corporation like Countrywide, which was very much dependent on favorable treatment by the government before it came crashing down at great expense to the taxpayers, is quite different from a private citizen’s getting a mortgage at the same preferential rate.
Why? Because the private citizen is in no position to return the favor through political influence. Which is why the ethical standards expected of public officials are higher. Or at least should be. That crucial distinction used to be well understood. I’m not so sure it is now.
August 16, 2009
Private perks? | Editorials | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
This is essentially about the senate ethics committee pretending it doesn’t see corruption. Sen. Dodd and Sen. Conrad got off because their cohorts decided the rules they bent were bent by others also… never mind they received gifts from those they were supposed to be regulating. Bastard politicians.
And let’s be clear – it’s not like a parking violation or speeding during rush hour. People are losing their homes due to a mortgage industry that was wildly out of control… but Dodd and Conrad get off because, well – because everyone else was doing it too.
The ethics committee’s decision was an indictment of the rules, not an exoneration of Dodd and Conrad.
Again, my only surprise is that elected officials are surprised when angry constituents show up at town hall meetings frothing at the mouth.