Honesty, ethics and openness

Shocking development: Democrats Abandon Transparency for Earmarks

For many folks, illegal bribery is only bad when the bribes aren’t coming your way.

Via Instapundit, who also noted the onging Alaska shenanigans.

On a related note, I just finished listening to Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders by Tom A. Coburn and John Hart.

Coburn goes into depth about the snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory during the government budget shutdown. I’ve always been mystified by that. At this point, I don’t know how anything is ever going to change.

Finally, Jay Tea notes the years of DC political experience of recent presidential candidates:

2004: Bush had four years, Kerry decades.

2000: Bush zero, Gore decades.

1996: Clinton four, Dole decades.

1992: Clinton zero, Bush over a decade.

1988 was an aberration, but come on — it was MIKE DUKAKIS. I recall one political commentator (I think it was Dave Barry) announced that “the union of crazed loners announce they are sitting out this election. They urge anyone who feels enough passion to kill either candidate should seek professional help.”

1984: Reagan with four years, Mondale with — again — over a decade.

1980: Reagan zero, Carter 4.

1976: Carter zero, Ford decades.


For what it’s worth, I think we’d probably be better off with DC fatcats in the White House and newbies in Congress. Maybe.

Also for what it’s worth, at least Congress seems incapable of doing anything. What we’ve seen of them over the past decade and more indicates that Congressional quagmire is about as good as it gets.


  1. For many folks, illegal bribery is only bad when the bribes aren’t coming your way.’ Isn’t *LEGAL* bribery actually more of a problem in our government? Reid. Enemies list. Top slot.

  2. The Alaska ‘Bridge to nowhere’ will always symbolize when republicans ceased being fiscal conservatives.