Happy New Year!
I have been mulling over closing over this blog and starting one on U.S. politics and public policy (reasons therefor explained in my last post). I decided not to. Here’s why.
I follow some very good fiber-related blogs written by people who are religious. Most (sometimes all) of their posts include something religious. As a person who is most definitely non-religious, I just skip over those parts. Other fiber-related posts I follow are written by people who regularly talk about their children or pets. I’m more interested in reading how they solved a tricky problem in designing a sweater than reading about how cute their child or pet looked in that sweater, so, as I have a lot to read, I skip the those parts too.
So I decided to keep sweatyknitter.com but will include links to U.S. political or policy information that I think may be of interest to those who appreciate political information from an empirical and rational basis. If a reader isn’t interested, s/he can just skip over that part. Voila!
First such post: With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office (source: Moyers & Company’s “Morning Reads,” 1/3/2017). According to CNN:
“House Republicans voted 119-74 during a closed-door meeting in favor of Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposal, which would place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of those very lawmakers, a move that outraged Democrats and outside ethics organizations. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on it as part of a larger rules package up for consideration Tuesday.”
What is the Office of Congressional Ethics? Its website explains:
“Established March 11, 2008, by House Resolution 895, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is the first ever independent body overseeing the ethics of the House of Representatives. The OCE was formed after members of a congressional task force proposed an independent entity in the U.S. House to increase accountability and transparency. The OCE’s mission is to assist the U.S. House in upholding high ethical standards with an eye toward increasing transparency and providing information to the public. The OCE reviews allegations of misconduct against House Members, officers, and staff and, when appropriate, refers investigations to the House Ethics Committee for further review.”
Any U.S. representative supporting such a move should be ashamed – and shamed! This morning I wrote my U.S. Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler. If holding our representatives to high ethical standards is important to you, I urge you write your representative immediately. (Click here to find your representative. You’ll be able to email your representative directly from that site.)