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'Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

'Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.'

We've all heard this saying before. One should be careful what he wishes on others because there is a tendency for such wishes to backfire. We are now seeing the truth of this. For months now, America has been subjected to a partisan witch-hunt against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay by House Democrats and their Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Ms. Pelosi and other Democrats have repeatedly demanded a full-scale ethics investigation (only on their terms of course) on Mr. DeLay, citing foreign trips taken by the Texas Republican allegedly paid for by a lobbyist as evidence of House rules violations and unethical behavior.

Yet during this same time frame the Pelosi gang refused to allow the very committee that is tasked with such investigations - the House Ethics Committee - to do its job. It seemed as though Democrats were more interested in taking personal cheap shots at Majority Leader DeLay than in finding out the truth.

While partisan warfare was certainly one of the reasons for the Democrats stalling tactics, it is now evident that there's much more to this story. When House Republicans decided to call Pelosi's bluff and restore the Ethics Committee rules of the previous session of Congress (in order to allow DeLay to have a chance to respond to the charges made against him) it was not DeLay or the House Republicans but the Democrats who quickly went on the defensive.

Shortly after the rules change to satisfy the Democrat minority, several House Democrats - including at least one Democrat on the ethics committee itself (Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio) - came under fire for the same behavior Democrats had vociferously condemned of Mr. DeLay: allegedly taking overseas trips paid for by lobbyists. This is the main charge Democrats allege against Majority Leader DeLay. It is the crux of the case that Democrats have tried to make against the Texas Majority Leader. And it is now shockingly clear that many Democrats, including Minority Leader Pelosi herself, have serious charges to answer to of their own even as they continue to orchestrate a political jihad against Tom DeLay.

Pelosi's ethics questioned

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now under fire herself for an advisers nine-day $4,475 junket to Spain and Germany in April of 2004, a trip paid for primarily by a nonprofit transportation-research organization with strong ties to Congresswoman Pelosis office. Pelosi took action that benefited the group helping to secure Federal Transit Administration monies to the group in question. According to the official report, the president of WestStart-CALSTART also gave money to Pelosi's political action committee at the same time.

Republicans were not hesitant in pointing out the conflict of interest.

Given the actions of the minority leader (Pelosi) vis-`-vis the majority leader (Tom DeLay) and other Republicans, I'm having a little trouble finding where the outrage is coming from these groups that continue to pound on Republican members, said a senior Republican lawmaker,

Although the Pelosi camp has issued a statement maintaining that the disputed trip was within House rules, nothing on the surface distinguishes Pelosi's actions from those of Majority Leader DeLay and other Republicans that she has criticized.

I think it looks like she's doing legislative favors for donors because she is., says Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, which has targeted Pelosi's campaign fund-raising in the past.

A Pelosi spokeswoman told The Washington Times that Republican attempts to hold Democrats accountable for the same charges that they are making about Majority Leader DeLay is an "attempt to muddy the waters to divert attention from their pattern of abusing of power." But as a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee put it, "What is a 'technicality' for (Pelosi) requires a full-scale investigation for others."

Defending Democrats while she attacks Republicans

Two Democratic congressmen recently reported that a trip they took in January 1997 may have been initially paid for by the same lobbyist who is implicated in questions about DeLays travel.

Democratic Reps. James Clyburn of South Carolina and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi have both filed travel reports saying that a nonprofit organization had invited them on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Northern Mariana Islands, an American territory in the Pacific Ocean.

Far from criticizing the Democrats alleged unethical behavior, (the same kind of charge made against Tom DeLay) Ms. Pelosi defended her fellow Democrats claiming that Congressman Clyburn and Congressman Thompson didn't know about the violation at the time it was committed and claimed they cannot be painted with the same brush as Mr. DeLay.

"Make no mistake, there's a drastic difference between the timing of reporting a trip and the ethical behavior that is associated with poor public policy that is the issue that the ethics committee will take up." Pelosi said. "Let's not say that this is the same as issues that Mr. DeLay has been admonished for" said the Leader of the House Democrats. Apparently there is one standard for House Democrats and another for Tom DeLay and House Republicans in Ms. Pelosi's mind.

Witch-hunt? What witch-hunt?

Perhaps the most absurd assumption that Minority Leader Pelosi would have people believe is that she is not personally involved in the war to bring down Tom DeLay. House Democratic Leader Pelosi, who herself served for seven years on the House Ethics Committee has insisted numerous times that she has nothing to do with the decisions made by the Ethics Panel and knows little or nothing of what is happening inside the committee.

"As you know, and I have said over and over again, I keep at arms length from the ethics process" the House Democratic Leader and former ethics committee member said in June of 2004. As if that wasnt enough, Pelosi volunteered once again a couple of months later on September 15, 2004. "As you know, I have a hands-off approach to all of this."

Yet Ethics Committee Ranking Member Allan Mollohan (D-WV) has acknowledged in an interview to Roll Call magazine that, in fact, he has met with Minority Leader Pelosi on the DeLay matter. (John Bresnahan, "Pelosi Monitors DeLay Probe." 9/27/04) Either Democrat Pelosi is trying to deliberately mislead when she claims to have nothing to do with the DeLay probe or her hand-picked Ranking Democrat is mistaken. Either way, Democrats have some 'splainin to do.

If the shoe fits

So House Democratic Leader and former ethics committee member Pelosi vehemently denies having any influence over the DeLay probe. And she willfully turns a blind eye towards House Democrat's own questionable ethics, including her own. And to top it all, Pelosi expects Americans to believe that the smear campaign to bring down Majority Leader DeLay has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with honor

Pelosi is a hypocrite for not holding her own party accountable, and she is our Liberal Fool of the Week for expecting us not to see through her scheme. Shame on you, Ms. Pelosi.

J. Lee Housley

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Re: 'Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.'

is anyone in DC NOT a CROOK?


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