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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

House ends Conyers investigation

KRT Wire

"DETROIT - The U.S. House ethics committee has closed its investigation of Detroit Congressman John Conyers, with him agreeing to take several steps to ensure his staff does not work on his personal or campaign business.

The committee, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, opened the investigation in 2003 to look into allegations that Conyers staff members worked on the Detroit City Council campaign of JoAnn Watson and the presidential campaign of Carol Moseley Braun while getting paid by taxpayers.

The inquiry expanded after former staffers alleged that Conyers made them baby-sit his two children, help his wife with her law studies and run personal errands for him.

According to a statement released Friday by Chairman Doc Hastings, a Washington state Republican, and the committee's ranking Democrat, Howard L. Berman of California, Conyers told committee investigators there was a 'lack of clarity' in his communications with staff about their official duties and responsibilities.

Hastings and Berman said Conyers, a Democrat, 'accepted responsibility for his actions.' "

Well that covers it then: As long as he 'accepts responsibility for his actions', what more is there to be done? The next time I get pulled over for speeding... or ... maybe I could just reach into some store's cash register ... you know .... to help pay off some of my Christmas debts ... and just say, 'I take full responsibility for my actions'; then, I get to go merrily on my way without reprisal. Right?

Some how, I think not. Unlike our elected officials, us 'commoners' aren't issued 'Get out of Jail Free Cards.'


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