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Congressional ethics

First, let me point out that I decided not to vote for Mr. Doolittle six months ago because of his positions on the Schiavo case and redistricting in California. Second, let me point out that ethics as you and I understand its meaning does not have the same meaning in Congress. Congressional ethics (not an oxymoron) means that one can accept money from a lobbyist with a straight face, tell that lobbyist that his donation will not affect a decision, vote in favor of that lobbyist’s position, and then deny until his dying day that there was a conflict of interest. Again, in Congress, this is not immoral, illegal, or unethical.

With this in mind, Mr. Doolittle has done nothing wrong. He is not been charged with anything or is he being officially investigated by the Justice Department. Under the rules by which Congress operates, he is not unethical, immoral, or suffering a conflict of interest.

It seems to me that Congressional ethics needs a major overhaul.



R. L. Hill

Penn Valley


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