CREW's selective morality
Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Welch should go further and recuse himself from the Rangel investigation entirely.
“That’s definitely a problem,” Sloan said. “If you have taken money from the guy, you shouldn’t be judging him. Even if you are objective, there’s a real appearance problem.”
The ethics committee expanded its investigation of the Ways and Means Committee after questions were raised about a potential quid pro quo involving a donation to a City College of New York education center bearing Rangel’s name, and Rangel’s alleged legislative favoring of the donor.
Hospitals, firms in healthcare back Kennedy institute
Drug companies, hospitals, and insurance firms have helped to amass $20 million to finance a nonprofit educational institute in Boston that will honor Senator Edward M. Kennedy, using his career as a case study of a powerful senator.
Please explain t me why one is a scandal and the other is OK?
Charlie Rangel is a cosponsor of HR 676 while Kennedy has backed away from his historic commitment to single payer. I have seen this way too often, how special interests maneuver putative reform organizations into manufacturing scandals against progressive in such manner as to advance the interests in entrenched corporate interests. For CREW it is all about shouting about reform without regard to the consequences for the real lives of real people. I don't know what CREW's health insurance is like, but I suspect it isn't very good.
Ever since Watergate there has been campaign finance reform and pseudo ethics investigations, and ever since Watergate the country has been pushed to the right. But people like CREW never learn. The whole campaign finance reform/ethics reform push is a giant distraction to be selectively invoked to defeat progressive legislation.
And we keep falling for it.