Congressional Hypocrisy

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, July 29, 2002

Congressional Hypocrisy

There is a lot of hypocrisy in Congress. Have you noticed? James Traficant, who was expelled last week from the House after his conviction on ten felony counts, noted that two members accused of raping minor age house pages were never expelled.

Now, Senate Democrats have announced they have no plans to call former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to testify during their investigation of corporate malfeasance. But during Rubin's first year as a director of Citibank, the company transferred billions of dollars to Enron in loans disguised as "energy sources," according to the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal reported that Citibank helped Enron hide up to 40 percent of its debt and were the "building blocks" for trades that brought the company down. A chief Senate investigator, Robert Roach, says Citibank "actively aided return for fees and favorable consideration in other business dealings."

So, why isn't Rubin being asked to testify? It's because Senate Democrats want to tar Republicans and not remind the public that the first name of the Clinton administration was "corruption." Hypocrisy, indeed! I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.