Remember Pelosi’s promise to “end the culture of corruption” and “drain the moral swamp that is Washington”?

Did we say that?

Did we say that?

That vow was made, of course, when there was a Republican in the White House and is “no longer operative”, as seen in the decision to lease $23 million of office space from an Obama bundler from Chicago.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials will pay $22.3 million to lease temporary offices in addition to the record-breaking $145 million being spent to renovate the agency’s headquarters, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

The temporary offices to be occupied by CFPB for the next two years are being leased in a building owned by Neil G. Bluhm, a longtime friend and campaign bundler for President Obama.

Bluhm made headlines in 2010 when he hosted Obama’s 49th birthday party at his Chicago home. Admission was $30,000 per person, with the proceeds going to the Democratic National Committee.

Controversy has dogged the CFPB for more than a year for nearly tripling the initial $55 million cost estimate for renovations to the building that will serve as the bureau’s permanent headquarters. The building is across the street from the White House, at 1700 G St. NW in Washington.

In the meantime, Obama’s new pick for Surgeon General is a 36-year-old activist who formerly headed up “Docs for Obama”. Primary qualification, aside from fund raising for the man: he’s strongly anti-gun.

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10 responses to “Remember Pelosi’s promise to “end the culture of corruption” and “drain the moral swamp that is Washington”?

  1. as long as there are funds to disburse and jobs to be filled, there will be a tendency to make decisions that favor friends and allies that is the basic reason that big government skews inexorably toward corruption. reducing the size of government is the only way, long term, to control corruption. all the inspector generals and all the u.s. attorneys in the world won’t stop it.

  2. Peg

    It’s good to have friends.

    Plus – ain’t their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

  3. Al Dente

    I saw a report that said the government has about 100 trillion square feet of unused commercial space, but we need to lease more. Brilliant! I hope we’re paying top dollar, and each employee has a covered parking spot and there’s a nice gym and Starbucks.

  4. Pinzgauer

    At some point people just have to wake up, or do they?

    • Peg

      Pinz, at some point they do. The question is: at what point?

      No matter when it is, there will be pain. Still, if it’s sooner rather than later, more of the issues can be resolved in less time and without horrific pain. If it’s later…… it can take generations and more than a few lives will be vastly worse because of the Rip Van Winkle effect.

      Sometimes I think a big chunk of our population has overdosed on Ambien!

  5. Greenwich Plaza was/is their inspiration!

  6. Pinzgauer

    I am curious about something and maybe people smarter than me might have an answer.
    Every president swears an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Wouldn’t any attempt to alter or look for a different interpretation of the status quo have to be considered a violation of that oath? Changing or looking for a different interpretation is the opposite of upholding, isn’t it?
    Websters definition of upholding is lending support against an opponent.
    Here we have the person supposed to give support and, based on past behavior and action, IS the opponent.
    How is that not grounds for impeachment?
    Like I said, just my simple mind at work.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      As far as impeachment is concerned, both houses of Congress must be prepared to carry through the process. I don’t really doubt that the House would happily vote to indict DOPUS, but there is presently exactly ZERO chance that the Senate would convict him. Absent something something so extra-ordinarily awful coming out that turns Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer against SCoaMF, there is also ZERO point in pursuing that course.

  7. Anonymous

    I think what she meant to say was that if anyone believed the first quote then she had a swamp to sell them. Something just got lost in the translation. The culture of do as we say not as we do flourishes with all the BS that bunch spreads every day.