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Congressional Black Caucus Boycotts Holder Contempt Vote

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2012

This past week Atty. Gen. Eric Holder was voted to be in Contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious effort that had the US government supplying guns to Mexican drug cartels.  The Attorney General also refused to turn over documents relating to a potential cover-up by the Administration of the poorly conceived Fast and Furious program.

While Congress’s contempt citation against Holder has some political motivation, that possibility does not remove from Congress the power given to it under the Constitution to keep the executive branch of the government in check.  Fast and Furious was not only ill-conceived, but when the Congressional investigation started, the Justice Department also misled Congress and inappropriately withheld documents that the American people have a right to see.

The Left side of the aisle is showing political immaturity and obstructionism in response to Congress’s effort.  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), joined by others including Nancy Pelosi, walked out on the contempt vote ignoring their responsibilities to cast dissenting votes.  While such acts of immaturity have occurred on the Right in the past, this move by the CBC insinuates that the action against Eric Holder was somehow was race related.  This is clearly fallacious.

The government in Washington that is supposed to be representing the People is dysfunctional.  It is run by professional political elites on both the Right and the Left that often go to Washington to improve there will personal wealth and then to maintain power.  It is telling that no political movement, either on the Right or the Left, addresses this tragedy that would require term limits to implement corrective action.

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