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Republican Ethics

Posted by MEC on March 31, 2007

The hearing into Juanita Doan’s actions at the GSA continued with testimony from the GSA’s Inspector General, Brian Miller. John Mica (R-FL) began the interrogation by asking Mr. Miller whether his investigation of the no-bid contract that Ms. Doan awarded to a close friend cost more than the contract would have, clearly implying that allegations of wrongdoing should only be investigated if it’s not going to cost the taxpayers anything. Don’t we all wish the “Honorable” Mr. Mica had told Ken Starr that?

Or maybe Mr. Mica means that it’s okay for government officials to break the law if their lawbreaking costs the taxpayers less than holding them accountable would cost. That’s certainly a very interesting standard for right and wrong.

I suspect that Republicans John Mica and Tom Davis aren’t really interested in getting information. They asked questions that implied inappropriate behavior by Mr. Miller, and then interrupted him with another question when he tried to answer.

 [edited to add] Darrell Issa [R-CA] also said, in effect, that whether something is wrong depends on whether it costs more than doing the right thing.

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