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GOP oversight: 140 hours for Clinton's Christmas Card List, 12 hours for Bush's Abu Ghraib

Another example of how the GOP — the "more moral" party — puts politics over principles. The Boston Globe is far too kind in its description of the process in its report, headlining the article with "Congress reduces its oversight role: Since Clinton, a change in focus." They've changed their focus alright; they've put on the Bush (can do no wrong) Blinders. Clinton (who got a blow job by an intern) bad; Bush (who misled us into war and condones torture) good. Here's a snippet from that article:
Back in the mid-1990s, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, aggressively delving into alleged misconduct by the Clinton administration, logged 140 hours of sworn testimony into whether former president Bill Clinton had used the White House Christmas card list to identify potential Democratic donors.

In the past two years, a House committee has managed to take only 12 hours of sworn testimony about the abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

The jarring comparison reflects the way Congress has conducted its oversight role during the GOP's era of one-party rule in Washington.

While congressional committees once were leaders in investigating the executive branch and powerful industries, the current Congress has largely spared major corporations and has done only minimal oversight of the Republican administration, according to a review of congressional documents by The Boston Globe.

Ask your senator or congressman: is culling names from a Christmas Card list that much worse than torture that it warrants 12 times as much investigation by Congress? Shameful.


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