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Political corruption

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a resolution (H Res 5) making it more difficult to investigate corrupt or unethical acts by its members. They also voted down a Democratic proposal that would ban member’s from discussing future job opportunities with organizations over which they legislate.

So, a majority of our elected representatives, mostly Republicans, including our own John Doolittle, made it easier for themselves to get away with such things as bribery, fraud, and so forth. These same folks also see no problem if, for example, a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee is discussing future employment with Lockheed Martin while handing out billions of your tax dollars in defense contracts. No potential for conflict of interest, bribery, unethical conduct, or profiteering there!

How many of you want it to be easier for corrupt politicians to scam the public by using their elected positions for personal gain? I don’t. Considering all of the recent corporate and political corruption that has cost citizens their life savings and even their lives, I would think our lawmakers would want more protection for their constituents, not less. Do these people really represent you and me, or themselves and their corporate buddies?



Joe Keeble

Nevada City





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