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The Congressional Black Caucus is not happy with the President….A former member…..

The Caucus has made it clear actually they aren’t mad at him…..Just the administration.…..(isn’t this HIS administration?)

Careful not to shot themselves in the foot, and not get a ‘hot’ phone call like the one Rep. Conyers (D-ILL) got to from the president asking him to essentially….’ Stop throwing things at him’…..The CBC is nevertheless asking why its members, and the black community isn’t getting some attention from the administration of the nation’s first black president…..

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December 14, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , | Leave a comment

The House is currently only investigating black memebers…….

That is factually correct according to a story in Politico today….while there are several white memebers being looked at…there are currently seven black memebers, no white memebers, being actiely investigated…..

Charlie Rangel  (D-NY)

Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL)

Carol Kilipatrick    (D-Mich)

Maxine Waters  (D-CA)

Laura Richardson  (D-CA)

Donald Payne   (D-NJ)

Donna Christensen   (D-VI)

It is interesting that in a body with over 400 members only black person sits on the committee that does the investigating……and to be fair there are again several white members being looked at…but it does strike one as odd that only its black members are getting the serious once overs….A Congressional Black Caucus member told Politico…….

“A lot of that has to do with outside watchdog groups like [Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] that have to have a level of success to justify OCE,” the CBC member said. The good-government groups were strong backers of the OCE’s creation.

But these same groups won’t go after Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), this lawmaker claimed, “Because she has plenty of money to defend herself,” and the outside groups don’t want to take a risk. The Democrat said the ethics committee would be going up against Harman’s lawyers and “going up against” the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee if they push the OCE to pressure the ethics committee to act…..

also……

“It is kind of crazy,” said an aide to one senior black Democrat. “How can it be that the ethics committee only investigates African-Americans? It doesn’t make sense.”

Something ain’t right here……..

 

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charles Rangel (D. NY), Chair of the House Ways and Means committee, and the GOP……..

I haven’t commented on the Chairmen of the House’s Ways and Means Committee because I knew from reading periodically about his troubles that something was going on under the surface in his case…..Now that he has had another public outing of his tax, financial and money memory problems by the Republicans, pushing the story to the media…….A few people have now dialed in the background information….

It appears that Mr Rangel has gotten an immunity from the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and will continue to do so for several reasons…….

The First, and biggest, is that if he gets the hook, the Democrats are gonna take a big hit from the GOP, which is of course why some (but all) of the Republicans like to goose the story, from time to time……..the Second reason is that the House is loath to give up senior members …..we all make mistakes, and legislator ‘s are included….the Third is that the last time Pelosi canned someone ( Jefferson), she caught hell for it…even among House members that knew the guy was no good…….the Fourth reason is the Congressional Black Caucus….its members are very protective of the founder of the organization………the Fifth reason is that Charlie Rangel has waited for a very long time to be where he is…and he does weld a bit of power, and respect with Congress, on the whole…..and the last reason is that the Democrats in the House can take the heat…..a large group of them that are behind Rangel, come from virtually GOP proof districts, and don’t have to worry about the GOP reminding their district’s voters about Rangel’s problems…….

So unless the Ethic committee can find something REALY bad…Rangel will be sitting the Chairman’s seat for a good long while……Pelosi isn’t gonna touch him……

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Healthcare bill is on it’s way……..

The House Democrats have crafted a compromise (between the blue dogs, the democratic liberals and the Congressional Black Caucus) to get the bill just about finished……It will go to the full House for  passage when the House gets back in September…..slowly but surely……

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Healthcare bill is on it's way……..

The House Democrats have crafted a compromise (between the blue dogs, the democratic liberals and the Congressional Black Caucus) to get the bill just about finished……It will go to the full House for  passage when the House gets back in September…..slowly but surely……

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment