Wednesday, 28 March 2007

CHANGING THE CULTURE IN WASHINGTON: DEMOCRAT-STYLE

Ken Berwitz

When Democrats took over congress we were assured that they would change the culture in Washington.  Here, evidently, is part of that change (bold print is mine):

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Dems: More lawyers needed for Bush probes

By Jon Ward
March 27, 2007

House Democrats are set tomorrow to bring in private sector lawyers -- at a cost of up to $225,000 over the next nine months -- to help committee staff investigate the Bush administration. 


    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, has drawn up a contract with Washington law firm Arnold & Porter for help in his investigation of the firing of eight federal prosecutors last year, according to an unsigned copy of the contract obtained by The Washington Times.


    The contract specifies that Arnold & Porter will subcontract with another firm, Deloitte & Touche, to "assist Democratic members of the Committee on the Judiciary with issues related to the termination of U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration, possible misrepresentations to Congress, interfering with investigations and matter related thereto."


    The House Judiciary Committee already has as many as 30 paid staff positions, not including staff of subcommittees, aides said.
    The committee's contract is for a sum "not to exceed $25,000 per month, plus authorized traveling expenses," and is set to expire Dec. 31, 2007.
    The contract specifies that Irvin B. Nathan, a partner at Arnold & Porter, will be "principally responsible" for the contract.


    The contract also specifies that two Deloitte & Touche employees -- Michael Zeldin, a former independent special prosecutor in the early 1990s, and David K. Gilles, a former Treasury Department official -- will become part of the House investigation.


    Republicans denounced the move as "scandal-mongering."
    "It doesn't take a quarter-million dollars and an army of lawyers to conclude that U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, unless you're a Democrat with a political dog-and-pony show to produce," said Brian Kennedy, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.


    "If the goal is to distract from the fact that Democrats have no long-term agenda, they're going to need an outside PR firm, not lawyers," Mr. Kennedy said.
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Is this really what the voting public wants Democrats to do?  Go after the President, during a war, for firing and replacing federal prosecutors, which every OTHER president did exactly the same way without anyone caring for one second about it?

Maybe this is why the latest Gallup poll shows congress with a significantly lower approval rating (28%) than President Bush (35%).

Sadly, however, unless you read this blog or go straight to Gallup's site, you will not know that congress comes out second best to the President.  Why?  Because mainstream media, ever vigilant to avoid the possibility that its readers/viewers might know there is more than their side of the story, have buried these data.

Sorry for being a broken record.  But if you read your newspaper and watch network news to be fully informed, you are being played for a sucker.  Don't let them do it to you.


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