“Here’s Our Chance!” Congressional Black Caucus Member Mel Watt Exploits the Debt Crisis to Gut House Ethics Oversight

Cutting ethics oversight is the perfect example of being “penny wise and pound foolish,” though that old saw trivializes the outrageousness of Watt’s amendment. If the United States thinks it has problems now, just wait until corruption gets into its bloodstream and turns the nation into a culture of “cheat the other guy before he can cheat you.”

The Unethical Culture of the Congressional Black Caucus

Even though Congress is a cesspool of corruption, and even though the Office of Congressional Ethics has represented a welcome, if small, step forward in efforts to change the culture on Capitol Hill, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are primarily interested in protecting their unethical colleagues and are willing to use racial politics to do it.