VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | > | >>

The Swamp


Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker to be, promised to "drain the swamp" of ethical corruption if the Democrats captured control. They did and the back tracking by the old bulls of the party has started all ready.

Here are some quotes published in the national press, primarily The New York Times and the Washington Post. They are all from Democrats, usually powerful members of Congress.

John Murtha, soon to be the chairman of the House subcommittee on military appropriations, "ethics reform is crap".

Senator Patty Murphy, incoming chairman of the Senate transportation subcommittee was the most honest. She said (in reference to earmarks), "what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Senator Inouye, incoming chairman of the Senate subcommittee on defense appropriations concerning earmarks and ethics reform, "I don't see any monumental changes (needed)."

Tom Harkin in blaming the Republicans for all the ethics lapses said the scandals of the 109th Congress were "about the K street project for the Republicans."

Representative Barney Franks echoing Harkin blamed the Republicans and since many were voted out of office sees no need of ethics reform said, "There is an understanding on our side the Republicans paid a price for a lot of the abuses that evolved."

Senator Diane Feinstein opposed an independent congressional ethics watch dog, "whether we need to create a new federal bureaucracy to enforce rules. I would hope not."

None of the Senators were up for reelection and the Representatives were all in safe districts. It is obvious they are looking forward just as much to the spoils of victory as they are the opportunity to enact their agenda, govern, and serve the common good of the entire country.

Ethics and ethical are defined always with the term moral. Ethics being the system of moral behavior and ethical as the adjective applied to the person of moral persuasion. It is also defined as separate from religious contexts and simply the virtue of distinguishing between right and wrong. In a perfect world we wouldn't need rules for those we elect and, if all people were moral and virtuous, rules and laws would be unnecessary. If people are not virtuous, moral and ethical rules and laws without enforcement will be useless. Hence we need new ethics rules and unbiased independent enforcement similar to the Inspector Generals of the executive branch.

The new rule should addres .....
[Read the Rest]

White Christmas

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

The Iraq Study Group has issued its report, instilling some well-needed reality to the debate on Iraq.

The greatest accomplishment of the study group, given the political weight of its members, is truly a political one - changing the level ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Shop Fillmore First

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Twenty years ago you used to be able to buy jewelry and clothes and shoes in our small towns in Fillmore County. For the most part, you can't anymore, those specialty stores are gone. You feel fortunate if your town has a grocery store, a hardware s ..... 
[Read the Rest]

So, what exactly is the problem?

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Ho-hum. Another dire warning about the impending crises and calamities to be visited on us because of "overpopulation." Let's see, how many unfulfilled warnings does that make in the past century or two? I would guess that Herb Panko's makes somewhe ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Election hangover: Bipartisanship

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

"Bipartisanship is another name for date rape" Grover Norquist

For those who are not news and political junkies, Grover Norquist is a Republican guru and activist. His statement above, quoted in the Denver Post, is likely to be taken literall ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The U.S. impending population crisis

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

Recently we were informed that the U.S. population had just reached the 300 million mark. The announcement was made by most media outlets with little detectable alarm. It was stated as a matter-of-fact occurrence and supplemented with various popula ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Coup d' etat

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. Thomas Jefferson

One warm, sunny, tropical morning in December 1989, I stood in a refugee camp in the Phili ..... 
[Read the Rest]

"Stay-the-course" is no longer official line on Iraq

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

A few short weeks before Americans go to the polls, the administration is making a significant policy change on Iraq: the president will no longer use the words stay-the-course.

For several months, the President has used stay-the-course to ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Gil's running on empty

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Commentary

If you take Gil Gutknecht's latest campaign ad at face value, immigration is the most important issue facing America on November 7. And Gil wants you to believe that Seor Tim Walz is muy soft on border issues and illegal immigrants.

One wou ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | > | >>