2.03.2005

Ethics

DeLay Critic Removed From Ethics Committee
LA Times via Yahoo! (02.03)
Wow. This is really quite amazing but not unexpected:

The House ethics committee chairman who presided over three rebukes of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was bounced from the job Wednesday and replaced by a Republican congressman from Washington state.

The new chairman is Rep. Doc Hastings the committee's second-ranking Republican. He was named by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to take the gavel from Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.).

In addition, Hastert appointed three new members to the panel, including two — Reps. Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) — whose political action committees have contributed to DeLay's legal defense fund. Smith's PAC contributed $5,000 in 2001 and an additional $5,000 between July and September 2004; Cole's gave $5,000 between July and September 2004.
Cuz' you gotta pay to play... More on Tom "The Hammer" DeLay @ Wikipedia

What they should do now is rename the committee to the "Situational Ethics Committee"

Ethics. 1 plural but singular or plural in construction : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

2 a : a set of moral principles or values b : a theory or system of moral values c plural but singular or plural in construction : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group d : a guiding philosophy

situation ethics
Function: noun
: a system of ethics by which acts are judged within their contexts instead of by categorical principles

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