This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
Entry 45 Current Event
According to the Journal Sentinel June 7, 2010
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore quietly has signed on to legislation that would weaken an independent ethics board that she once supported.
The Milwaukee Democrat was one of 20 members of the Congressional Black Caucus who introduced a resolution late last month that would restrict the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics, created by Democrats after regaining control of Congress. Moore voted to create the office in 2008. The independent panel is composed of former lawmakers and other experts chosen by congressional leaders.
The move follows the ethics office's investigation of eight black caucus members over a privately funded trip to the Caribbean. Moore was not cited in that investigation.
The resolution would prevent the office from looking into cases except in instances where they receive sworn complaints from a citizen asserting personal knowledge of alleged violations. It would also prevent the ethics committee from issuing public statements in cases where the complaints are dismissed.
According to the Journal Sentinel on Posted: April 5,
Washington — With health care reform notched on his belt, President Barack Obama faces tough odds when it comes to enacting the rest of his ambitious political agenda.
Democrats are too spent; Republicans are too angry.
"I wouldn't expect anything major with the exception of the financial regulation reform Obama has been pushing for," said Michele Swers, a political scientist at Georgetown University. "Something like cap and trade I don't see happening. Immigration I don't see happening. Obama has used up the political capital that he has with the Democrats to get them to do tough things before an election."
Obama and other Democrats are framing the issue as a necessary step to protect average Americans from the Wall Street excesses that contributed to the global economic meltdown. They want to set up a new consumer financial protection agency, begin regulating derivatives and other risky financial instruments and create a new authority that could dismantle financial companies that threaten to bring down the nation's financial system.
"There is a lot of resistance to it, but we're going to have to regulate these financial markets," said Rep. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat who serves on the House Financial Services Committee. "There has got to be some consumer confidence restored."
Federal regulation over private business vs. regulation of government.
US Constitution, Tenth Amendment
We the People:
Representative Moore voted to exceed Congressional authority by regulating the healthcare system, and favors overreaching regulation of the private financial markets. And yet she rescinds authority over a government agency. Why would such an official protect the government from the people instead of protecting the people from the government? Power!