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    Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers - John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com

    The House ethics committee is currently investigating seven African-American lawmakers — more than 15 percent of the total in the House. And an eighth black member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), would be under investigation if the Justice Department hadn’t asked the committee to stand down.

    Not a single white lawmaker is currently the subject of a full-scale ethics committee probe.

    The ethics committee declined to respond to questions about the racial disparity, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are wary of talking about it on the record. But privately, some black members are outraged — and see in the numbers a worrisome trend in the actions of ethics watchdogs on and off Capitol Hill.

    “Is there concern whether someone is trying to set up [Congressional Black Caucus] members? Yeah, there is,” a black House Democrat said. “It looks as if there is somebody out there who understands what the rules [are] and sends names to the ethics committee with the goal of going after the [CBC].”

    African-American politicians have long complained that they’re treated unfairly when ethical issues arise. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are still fuming over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to oust then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from the House Ways and Means Committee in 2006, and some have argued that race plays a role in the ongoing efforts to remove Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from his chairmanship of that committee.
    A document leaked to The Washington Post last week showed that nearly three dozen lawmakers have come under scrutiny this year by either the House ethics committee or the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog created in 2008 at the insistence of Pelosi. While the list contained a substantial number of white lawmakers, the ethics committee has not yet launched formal investigative subcommittees with respect to any of them — as it has with the seven African-American members.

    The OCE has also been a particular target of ire for the Congressional Black Caucus. Black lawmakers, including CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), met with OCE officials earlier this year to raise their concerns. Spokesmen for Lee and the OCE both declined to comment.

    A number of CBC members opposed the resolution establishing the OCE, arguing that it was the wrong response to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, which helped Democrats seize control of the House in 2006.
    I don't presume to have an explanation for this disparity, but it's certainly startling regardless of how you look at it.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Maybe we have seven black crooks in Congress.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post

    I don't presume to have an explanation for this disparity, but it's certainly startling regardless of how you look at it.

    Im sure plenty of clowns will use it to fit their agendas, just wait.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Maybe we have seven black crooks in Congress.
    I don't doubt that we do, but I also find it hard to believe that we don't have a single white crook.

    Just in terms of statistics, this is a pretty improbable situation.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I don't doubt that we do, but I also find it hard to believe that we don't have a single white crook.

    Just in terms of statistics, this is a pretty improbable situation.
    Maybe Obama didn't like being told he wasn't black enough.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers - John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com





    I don't presume to have an explanation for this disparity, but it's certainly startling regardless of how you look at it.
    well, i don't know the particulars, but i doubt it's racism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    well, i don't know the particulars, but i doubt it's racism.
    Liberals are running the place, so don't jump to conclusions.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    well, i don't know the particulars, but i doubt it's racism.
    I'm not saying it's necessarily racism either, but assuming anything even remotely resembling an even distribution of corruption, this is pretty close to statistically impossible unless there are other factors at play.
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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I'm not saying it's necessarily racism either, but assuming anything even remotely resembling an even distribution of corruption, this is pretty close to statistically impossible unless there are other factors at play.

    Who says the corruption has to be distributed evenly? And who says that this is even close to statistically impossible?


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    Re: Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers - John Bresnahan - POLITICO.com





    I don't presume to have an explanation for this disparity, but it's certainly startling regardless of how you look at it.
    you could be right.....but maybe we need to look at this over an extended period of time.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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