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Days Before Scandal, Interior Got Ethics Award

POSTED: 12:53 PM ET, 09/12/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Oh, the irony. Just before the Department of Interior's inspector general released reports that laid bare the oil-and-sex scandal in the department's oil royalties office this week, Interior won an annual award from the federal Office of Government Ethics, The Post's Mary Pat Flaherty and Derek Kravitz report.

The inspector general said Wednesday that federal officials in the Mineral Management Service's royalty-in-kind program allegedly were plied with alcohol and expensive gifts from industry representatives, and in some cases had sex and did drugs with them. The Denver-area office takes in roughly $4 billion each year in oil and natural gas reserves from companies drilling on federal and Indian land and offshore.

But, on Monday, the Interior Department was praised for "developing a dynamic laminated Ethics Guide for employees" that was a "polished, professional guide" with "colorful pictures and prints which demand employees' attention." The guide, the award noted, was small enough for employees to carry. Interior also was lauded for having held a four-day seminar for its ethics advisors nationwide.

It isn't known if those seminars included the royalty office, where investigators found that a former program director was paid more than $30,000 for improper outside work, bought cocaine using a personal check from his office and engaged in an illicit sexual relationship with a subordinate; employees accepted gifts, including sports tickets and vacations, from industry executives; and two former officials, with the help of a supervisor, arranged to get themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting work after they retired.

In its investigation, the inspector general had noted that staff at the royalty office had donned a private market approach to "essentially everything they did. This included effectively opting themselves out of the Ethics in Government Act, both in practice, and at one point, even explored doing so by policy or regulation."

For their part, many of the energy firms caught up in the scandal have pledged to avoid further potentially embarrassing situations with the government office. Don Hamilton, vice president of crude oil supply for Denver-based Gary-Wiliams Energy Corp., said in a statement that the company "will ensure that our future dealings with Minerals Management Service employees are beyond reproach."

By Derek Kravitz |  September 12, 2008; 12:53 PM ET Post Investigations
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I think the new folks should ensure all future dealings are above reproach.

Posted by: william jordan | September 12, 2008 2:02 PM

"drill baby drill" has all new meaning now, thanks McCain for the sound byte of the century!

Posted by: Captain Obvious | September 12, 2008 2:07 PM

And this is different from our esteemed Congressional Representatives and Senators how?

Posted by: susan | September 12, 2008 2:09 PM

Absolutely unbelievable!

Posted by: Jim Brown | September 12, 2008 2:11 PM

Ethics schmethics! Yeeeehaaaaw!

Posted by: Hilary Smith | September 12, 2008 2:26 PM

Sex, drugs, and corruption are at the interior of the Republican party.

Posted by: Steve | September 12, 2008 2:40 PM

the ethics award, a la Bush. They won it for being UNethical

Posted by: D | September 12, 2008 2:42 PM

Republicans-what a bunch of crooks.

Posted by: JSmith | September 12, 2008 2:48 PM

Is this office hiring? I could use a job like this,

Posted by: slick | September 12, 2008 2:48 PM

You americans continue to sell your souls for pennies.

Posted by: Omar Ahmed | September 12, 2008 2:51 PM

I think its time, let "Chevron" and the other know how we feel about the way they do business. Stop using those Chevron Cards. Its all about the Money. Stop spending yours with them. I am a 48 year customer and My card is in the grinder.

Posted by: Vern | September 12, 2008 2:53 PM

Giggity

Posted by: Glenn Q. | September 12, 2008 2:55 PM

Just another example of the lack of leadership in setting the example for ethics. McCain is going to need some more lipstick.

Posted by: Christopher | September 12, 2008 3:02 PM

Government, Oil and Corruption? These things cannot possibly mix. To even suggest such a thing is unAmerican. The people who wrote this article should check themselves into re-education camps for even suggesting a lack of morality in Government.

Posted by: Tim | September 12, 2008 3:25 PM

Sounds like a good time. I wish they would have advertised better.

Posted by: Mike B | September 12, 2008 4:49 PM

Are we really surprised.....? No, just confirmed in what we already knew.

Posted by: American | September 12, 2008 7:09 PM

US government like to police everyone on corruptions and ethics. They even label countries and put economic pressures on them. For once I would like to see a single and similar standard be applied. Denver's Mineral Energy Services Dept should be castigated. I'm still waiting with baited breaths for those Depts in Washington DC

Posted by: Asian | September 12, 2008 8:59 PM

Just another part of the bush legacy.

Posted by: John Austin | September 12, 2008 9:05 PM

If you put lipstick, makeup and a wig on a Republican you still have a......(fill in your own response!)

Posted by: Cathy O. | September 12, 2008 9:30 PM

what a bunch of croc this is how the whole usa system is built on.. it use to have ethics but what is ethics if there is no one to hold you responsible.. all the people will get off, the people all suffer higher gas prices and and we loose while they get knob jobs. we need religion back in our live so people have more understanding of how there action hurt others, this is just sick i am so not licking america any more

Posted by: who | September 12, 2008 9:37 PM

Ethics? Apparently, Republican appointees enjoyed themselves a little too much for their own comfort. Eight years of corruption is enough!

Posted by: Roger | September 12, 2008 9:40 PM

Democrats or Republicans...This has nothing to do with it. Lets face it, these our the politicians that run America. The people that claim they have 'sex addicitions' amongst other things are in charge of this country.

The fact of the matter is, these people couldn't handle every day working middle class life if they tried.

They should not be running our country, but there is nothing on an everyday standard that we can do about it. We our bound by our jobs, bills, and taxes. We cannot take time off of work to protest or revolt. We do not have the initiative to because we are fat and happy. All we can do is let history and future pan out in mysteriously connected ways and watch this great country be run into the ground. While we should have engineers, doctors, and teachers running this country, we simply have pure bred politicans that only know how to act infront of a camera and microphone. They obviously do not know how to act when they suspect they are 'offair' for obvious reasons we see in every day headlines. This country needs to be revamped or learn how to speak chinese.

Brandon Bell
Proud American
New Hampshire
23 Years Old
Not fat, Not Happy

Posted by: Brandon | September 12, 2008 11:06 PM

BAU for the GOP. This is what happens when you vote Republican, America.

Posted by: kthomas | September 13, 2008 12:37 AM

Jay Leno couldn't make something like this up. It is hilarious. This is how our government has been operating under the Bush administration. 6 years of controlling the legislature and the almighty executive led to an absolute free for all, yet all the kool-aid drinking idiots and American jihadists still believe every talking point that's been fed to them for the last 15 years. The Republican party are a bunch of fratboy insider rich privileged crooks in pin striped suits that couldn't manage their way out of a wet paper sack. Look at the financial calamity that has been caused, this only epitomizes it. These people have luted this country blind and still these idiots talk about "liberals" and "over regulation". What a Joke!

Now every American gets to suffer while these yahoo's live in their mansions and yacht's and call us a bunch of whiners.

Posted by: Average joe | September 13, 2008 12:43 AM

LaDe@#ckinDA!!!!! Its us Native Americans against the Government, again, lets just call in AIM!!!!!

Posted by: Jeanette Charlie | September 13, 2008 12:56 AM

As a 78 yr old veteran I have seen many things in my great life. But, this is nothing new, for many years as I have followed things in the USA I have noticed more and more acts of corruption, perjury and lying in the hands of local, state and federal government officals. It will continue and get worse. In our society today there is no shame for our actions only pride in the attempts to obtain money,sex and power. This will continue without checks because a great deal of the public is lethargic and only want sports, beer and fun. If our government officals give them this then they are happy.I am so glad that I have lived the greater part of my life in the shadow of the 'Greatest Generation". God help the young of today unless they wake up.

Posted by: Jack | September 13, 2008 4:45 AM

Thank you Jack!

Posted by: Michelle | September 13, 2008 1:52 PM

Hey Robert. Those were Clinton hires.

Posted by: discusted | September 13, 2008 2:00 PM

Right on, Vern LOL all day for that one.

BTW, slick, we are not selling our souls for pennies, we merely mortgage our future to sell YOUR soul for pieces of silver :)~

Posted by: Giggity | September 13, 2008 2:00 PM

Typical Denverite behavior.

Posted by: Disgusted | September 13, 2008 2:00 PM

Yeah, Fiddy for President!

Posted by: SumpinSumpin | September 13, 2008 2:01 PM

Sorry, kudos to Glenn Q. for the Giggity comment.

Slick, For a few Dollars More... we can sell out anything ya' got. Welcome to the GOP funland where the Republicans wrecked America.

Posted by: Giggity | September 13, 2008 2:06 PM

It doesn't surprise me. The MMS was also lax when one of their inspectors became a whistleblower in the Kerr-McGee case. MMS refused to talk on camera to an investigative crew about the incident. It was found that Kerr-McGee wasn't paying all due royalties. The inspector was determined by the courts that he was not able to collect the fee since he was an employee. He had went to his superiors too before filing the lawsuit and was told to leave it alone. Other inspectors had also been told the same. The royalties collected from these rigs is about a third under the Bush administration as it was under the Clinton administration. The oil belongs to the people but apparently the Bush administration is giving it away to his friends in the oil business. Google Kerr-McGee scandal and you will be surprised with what comes up.

Posted by: Earl | September 13, 2008 2:10 PM

This is deregulation at its finest. This is what happens when you allow Big Corporations run wild. The Republicans want a smaller government with less regulations and allow the free market control themselves. Corporations have no morals and have addiction to money and will do anything to feed their addiction, whether it be thru Hidden fees, Misleading Contracts, Bribes, Lobbyist, Illegal actions, or Legal loopholes. Why havent charge been brought up against Oil and government employees involved in the scandal.

Posted by: Nobody | September 13, 2008 2:14 PM

Long cat is looooooooooooooooooooong

Posted by: L C | September 13, 2008 2:19 PM

all these people need to be in JAIL. When are we going to wise up? The GOP screams personal responsibility and then doesn't require it of their own. With a Vice President Cheney who with no hesitation says "So?" regarding what Americans think of the goings-on in this administration speaks volumes for the folks running the show.

American Girl

Posted by: personal responsibility | September 13, 2008 2:20 PM

Guys...this is corporate America! In every part of my life i feel the pain of contracts that go pages to be signed for Apt leasing to Mobile phones & Moving Companies scaming the consumers. Hell lot....! I still wonder how come people in this country doesnt care about these day to day issues. I think we need some revolutions of 20th centuries in USA.

Posted by: Kolli | September 13, 2008 2:29 PM

Is this part of the War on Drugs? trying to take drugs from the streets but consuming it themselves? With this Government if you do a lousy job, you can receive an award for Ethics or the Medal of Freedom. If there is justice, all these people will be send to jail for many years. I'm tire of seeing people in the TV show cops go to jail because they caught them with a few grams, while these white collar people are rewarded with big salaries and when caught, just a slap in the wrist.

Posted by: Fernando F. | September 13, 2008 2:57 PM

you cry and whine about how bad they are, yet you keep them ahead in the polls. Forrest was right, "stupid is as stupid does" and we do stupid stupidly.

Posted by: define "drilling" | September 13, 2008 3:02 PM

This finally proves that the administration really IS in bed with big oil.

Posted by: bobster | September 13, 2008 3:15 PM

I like China's policy for cases of corruption: death penalty... must be fun to watch employees working their buts off after the first person is put to death.

Posted by: the thinker | September 13, 2008 3:21 PM

Wonder what award Bush & Cheney will receive from the few loyal Republicans that have avoided jail time ?

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 13, 2008 3:25 PM

Ooh, drill me baby, drill me!

Posted by: Sarah | September 13, 2008 3:38 PM

When American leadership itself - its P and VP, use their power to do what they please and to attack their opponents and to cover up what they do - what else could you expect?

I mean, basically the leadership and the potential McCain leadership are all about do as I say not as I do. They lie, cheat, even steal (Obams's ideas and policies for eg for McCain). And then they hide it under the rug (or Palin's skirt in McCain's case).

It is high time for honesty, accuracy and facts in American politics and American life. Don't ya think?

Posted by: Paul Stewart | September 13, 2008 4:12 PM

It appears that some folks think there were more ethics in the America of old. Think about the railroad tycoons and oil barons of the 19th and 20th centuries and the rest of the rich who have always gotten so by getting Congress to pass laws (earmarks) that benefited the wealthy and stepped on the small fry by guaranteeing that the wealthy get to keep their wealth whilst the small fry get to pay for their blunders. Do the Savings and Loan bailouts (Keating 5, aided by John McCain), Freddie Mac and Fannie May bail out (aided by George Bush and Dick Cheney) ring any bells? We now have nearly $60 Trillion in outstanding debt roughly $200,000 for every citizen of the USA. 5% of the citizens of the USA own nearly 60% of the wealth and earn about 25% of all income. 20% of the citizens of the USA (that's 15% plus the 5%) own nearly 85% of the wealth of this country and earn 50% of the income. The middle 40% own about 15% of the wealth and earn about 37% of the income which leaves the bottom 40% of the citizens of the USA with virtually 0% of the wealth earning about 12% of the income. The bottom and the middle pay a far disproportionate percentage of their income in taxes so the top 20% can strut about and brag about how much they have. If this sounds fair then as the USA goes down the drain and likely takes the rest of the Earth's populations with it; it is likely our just deserts.

Posted by: Ken | September 13, 2008 4:53 PM

It's sad to see our soilders laying down their lives protecting America along with Bushtopia gutter trash like this.

4 months, 9 days, 15 hours, 46 minutes, 05 seconds. If we can make it that long.

Posted by: Butch | September 13, 2008 5:15 PM

I'll say the same thing I said when Clinton was busted for his relationship with Monica. "What good is power if you can't abuse it." This is human coruption, not political coruption.

Posted by: K-Dawg | September 13, 2008 5:32 PM

You do know that the persons caught up in this scandle were all democrats. go figure?

Posted by: Hillary Clinton | September 13, 2008 5:41 PM

Re: "Hey Robert. Those were Clinton hires.

Posted by: discusted | September 13, 2008 2:00 PM"


Nice try, d, but that tired line just won't cut it. But it would be nice, wouldn't it? If you really COULD just blame everything on one Clinton or another...?

So here comes that pesky 'ol "reality" again, and he's rolling with his 2 homeboys "logic" and "common sense", so this may be painful for you to hear...

See, it doesn't matter if they were hired by Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, or even Millard Fillmore. It doesn't even matter if Bill Clinton supplied the cocaine, himself!

This isn't Bill Clinton's Administration, d. It's a horrible, incompetent, criminal, treasonous Administration, much like, I'm sure, you like to fantasize that a Clinton Administration WOULD be, but it's not.

This happened in George W. Bush's Administration, his Administration is solely responsible. They have made a point of removing those Clinton appointees that don't share their criminal and immoral mindset.

No, d. Anyone who is in this Administration now, after 7+ years, is only there because the Administration approves of the job they do, and the way they do it.

This happened on George W. Bush's watch. He, alone, owns it, AGAIN.

It was a catchy jingle, "Clinton's fault", and you got alot of mileage out of it, but you used it to sell a crap product and we just ain't buyin' it.

Posted by: Udon Nomee | September 13, 2008 5:49 PM

I believe it was Fredrich the Great in Prussia who invented an efficient form of government largely free of corruption. He had inspectors under his appointment that were regularly reviewed and scrutinized by him and trusted ministers. If they were found to be corrupt they were summarily executed by firing squads. That's Germanic accountability and efficiency! If the US had only a smidgen of that intent, this country would not be sliding into third world status.

Posted by: Doug Bare | September 13, 2008 5:52 PM

But, on Monday, the Interior Department was praised for "developing a dynamic laminated Ethics Guide for employees" that was a "polished, professional guide" with "colorful pictures and prints which demand employees' attention." The guide, the award noted, was small enough for employees to carry. Interior also was lauded for having held a four-day seminar for its ethics advisors nationwide.

+++++++++++++

So, when did they stop their giddy laughs over this?

Palin, the "reformer" who says "Congress, thanks but no thanks to the Bridge to Nowhere Money --- hired her high school friend to manage the Alaska Agriculture Dept for about $100,000 simply because the latter's love for animals qualify her?!

Husband and half a dozen of Palin's staff pressure people left and right over family issues and there's no pressure to fire any one? No ethics issues, just some left wing Liberal media trying to distort her integrity and honesty?

Wow!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 5:52 PM

Sarah Palin…“knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.”
Senator John McCain

http://the-shin-bone-star.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palinknows-more-about-energy-than.html

Posted by: Dutton Peabody | September 13, 2008 5:59 PM

Energetically Wrong
September 12, 2008
Palin says Alaska supplies 20 percent of U.S. energy. Not true. Not even close.
Summary
Palin claims Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” That’s not true.

Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that’s a far cry from all the “energy” produced in the U.S.

Alaska’s share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And if by “supply” Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska’s production accounted for only 2.4 percent.

Posted by: Dutton Peabody | September 13, 2008 6:03 PM

I wonder what the Indians whose money the beauraucrats were spending think about this whole affair?...

Posted by: Brian | September 13, 2008 6:11 PM

what else is new,we voted for this goons.

Posted by: ramon | September 13, 2008 6:18 PM

Washington politics have been deteriorating for more than a century now. It's time to get back to the constitution and restore our republic. Abolish the IRS, Dump the Federal reserve and police the lobbyists.

Posted by: tired | September 13, 2008 6:22 PM

Prosecute, prosecute, prosecute. No "pledges" to avoid embarrassing situations. They're "free market" criminals, the scourge of the new millennium. It's these "free market" Friedmanite crooks that brought us Iraq and our current banking meltdown. Enough. Prosecute. NOW!

Posted by: congressive | September 13, 2008 6:28 PM

Doesn't anyone understand what has happened to the human race? We were always a greedy lot,therefore we do whatever it takes to make a buck such as lying,stealing,killing,and the favorite of mankind--SEX--this is what rules the world. The big problem now is that we have become educated beyond our intelligence! This is the end result---we are doomed. The only bright spot in this latest mess is the fact that I am old,so therefore I'm on my way out of this world. I hope wherever I end up next it's a better place than where I'm at now. The younger people in this country better wake up @ become involved--pay attention--cause a uproar with Washington when needed..Put a stop to this kind of corruption. Don't be to busy as I was when I was young---now look at the mess.

Posted by: Karol | September 13, 2008 6:51 PM

I love these comments. I have come to conclusion that compared to United states under Bushy and Dark Vader, Mexico and Columbia shine as law and order countries.

When will our country get people with common sense and intelligence in government....

Posted by: Great Dane | September 13, 2008 6:52 PM

Yet another example of "Great job, Brownie!".

Posted by: carl C. | September 13, 2008 6:54 PM

Sarah Palin…“knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.”
Senator John McCain

That statement should be given the same weight as Palin is the best vice presidential candidate ever. They are cover for the fact that his was a decision purely made to win an election and no weight was given to her ability to serve.

The fact that someone would quote McCain without a back up resource is insulting the intelligence of the readers here at the Post.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 13, 2008 7:05 PM

Isn't this the agency that screwed Native Americans out of billions of dollars?

Posted by: hamishdad | September 13, 2008 8:31 PM

Anybody who believes this is a valid story and not just some cheap, stupid bulls... to show government incompetence, send me $100.00. Because, I'm about to lose my house, my job, my car, my girlfriend, etc... Read the report.

Posted by: RH | September 13, 2008 8:55 PM

We can thank Jesus that Bushes DOJ will give them all a swift rubbing of the top of their left index finger with their right index finger, and, make them promise to never get CAUGHT again!!!
That'll teach um

Posted by: stroup | September 13, 2008 9:11 PM

"Drill baby drill!" came from chairman of GOPAC, Michael Steele not Sen. McCain.

Posted by: Michael T. | September 13, 2008 9:13 PM

This makes me want to puke. Fire the whole department and then start to charge the law breakers. Those who claim to be innocent surely new of the violations and chose to ignore it. Therefore everyone should be fired. This includes the one who is ultimately responsible. G. W. Bush.

Posted by: jim | September 13, 2008 9:17 PM

Reform?

Here's reform: a firing squad!

I'm beginning to understand Stalin's viewpoint now...

Posted by: Spitfire | September 13, 2008 10:17 PM

One Nation Under $. With Liberty and Justice for the Wealthy.

Posted by: Dave | September 13, 2008 10:30 PM

It is things like these comments blaming the current Administration and Republicans for those bureaucrat-fat cats in our government for their unethical behavior that makes me nauseous. Some of these unethical men and women have been in their jobs for near 30 years !
Us Americans need to stop, think and understand why things are happening more. Stop shooting off the B.S. political rhetoric and do your own research on things like this that make all of us angry, try sounding intelligent. Every time I see knee-jerk comments like this, it becomes much clearer why many around the world think Americans are stupid and lazy.

Posted by: Let's get real here | September 13, 2008 11:38 PM

"stop, think and understand why"?

That's the problem. That maggoty holistic approach.

Who gives a rat's ass why they did it? Those asswipes should be shot and dumped somewhere really toxic.

I have no problem with that. Do you?

I'll do it, ok? You just watch and call me a monster later on to save your pathetic skinny little ass.

Geez!


Spitfire

Posted by: Spitfire | September 14, 2008 12:08 AM

This is just what we have come to expect from Bush and now unfortunately McCain. When you know there is a problem you don't simply try and hide it, you make it into a positive. It's a bit like what CHevey did with the Vega back in the 70s. It was a notoriously unreliable car, so they turned around and advertised it as their most reliable car ever. McCain is doing the same thing now. When confronted with facts that show he is lying, he accuses Obama of something even more outragious, or says the press doesn't like him, never even attempting to answer the charges.

Carl Rove seems to have been the real teacher when it comes to this sort of behavior. When faced with Bush's awful military record, Rove decided that rather than try and defend the record, he would instead attack the other candidates records in spite of obviously dramatically better records than Bush's. One of the really sad things about this behavior is that it was used against McCain in 2000 and he was obviously terribly hurt and dissapointed that members of his own party would do such a thing. Of course now he has whole heartedly embrassed the technique.

Posted by: captbilly | September 14, 2008 3:07 AM

I guess the Denver office of the Mineral Management Service made sure the Office of Government Ethics didn't see this Denver Post article from August 24, two weeks before the award was to be given:
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_10281004

Posted by: Critter69 | September 14, 2008 3:35 AM

The sooner lobbiest can no longer buy someone off the better! If you take bribes or steel from companies in the private sector, your going to jail. Take the money out of it! Jail those who are found steeling from the people, fine lobbiest along with jail time for any scandlest activity. Money should be a direct deposit from lobbiest. It goes into a general fund that no one man/women can handle on their owen. No more cash transactions! Any goverment employee taking so much a candybar to benifit there cause is jailed. Politian's can now get work. If you want to work in goverment for the people, earn a paycheck like the rest us! We don't need any more Randy Duke Cunningham's in goverment. In any oath of office, it does not say: now go steel, bribe and prostitute yourself.

Posted by: Not Happy | September 14, 2008 3:44 AM

The difference between america and many other countries is the ability to lay bare these types of things. Corruption is so prevalent in other countries and is just covered up. That sad fact is that somehow this reflects bad on America, it doesn't, it shows how it can correct itself.

There will always be corruption, and of course, none of the arab countries would be corrupt, nor Mexican or Chinese or Russian or north Korean....ad infinitum.

Ya right. Freedom has to be fought for even by free countries or it will be gone. America and its ideals are definitely worth fighting for and are guaranteed to be abused because we are human just like the corrupt folks in other countries. Nothing is free, everything must be worked for.

Cheers

Posted by: palantir | September 14, 2008 5:18 AM

There is only one thing to do in response to the glut of revelations of this nature: Anyone whose household income is less than 5 million dollars ("middle class" -John McCain) should knock on 100 doors and encourage friends and neighbors to vote their own economic interests and ignore the lip-service paid to the social issues of right-wingers by the Republican "PAAARRTY".
"It's the Economy, Stupid!"
Check the figures-in the past 92 years, the economic status of those making less than $200,000 household income in 2006 dollars has improved only when a Democrat was President and at least one house of Congress was Democrat-controlled; a Republican President means only those with incomes over $1,000,000 2006 dollars improve their position-if Republicans also controlled at least one house of Congress, those with incomes of $700,000 and up benefitted. The average variance has been 22% of income. If you made $60,000 last year, that is $13,200 more that would be in your pocket in cash and/or purchasing power.
Vote what really matters!

Posted by: ScottyB | September 14, 2008 5:33 AM

I cannot believe the gall of these people. I work for the federal governmet at a lower level and work my posterior off every day.

These federal management people are absolutely the worst. Because of their behavior I am certain I will have to suffer through numerous hours of mandatory ethics training while my already massive daily work piles up.

The American people need to wake up soon regarding "Big Government".

Posted by: Mike | September 14, 2008 7:28 AM

I see it every day ,it not democratic or republican based corrution its people with no morals. just a few can hurt the system so badly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 7:50 AM

I think if you just give big oil a blank check that they will magically become ethical. Drill, baby, drill. Drill in my back yard. I trust Chevron completely.

Posted by: jh - Atlanta, GA | September 14, 2008 7:51 AM

(Psalm 146:3-4) Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.  4 His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish.
(Daniel 2:44) “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite;

Posted by: dll | September 14, 2008 7:52 AM

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-truth14-2008sep14,0,1376410.story?page=1


Yes! Time that someone got to the bottom of McBush's and 'Palin from the 19th century's' lies!!

Posted by: Theresa | September 14, 2008 8:09 AM

The Xtain crusaders tried to take over the Muslim lands and destroy their religion and failed. Karma, karma... why don't religions just let people be??? THIS is why there is so much war.

Posted by: Coventina | September 14, 2008 8:17 AM

Same old, same old. This is the mantra in government any more: You get in, you get as much as you can for yourself, you get out with a great pension, you live happily ever after.
What? The American Public you serve? ha ha ha - get real. Government isn't about "serving" any more - it's only about how much you personally can suck from the bloated corruption you work for. Period. That's it. Any one who is in politics these days is guaranteed to be evil corrupted and greedy.
And that's the way it is.

Posted by: nevada2 | September 14, 2008 8:46 AM

Read Scotty B's comment above...
Also, here is another quote from the response by Gary-Williams Energy Corp (note sp. error in article) "We treated Minerals Management Service employees in the same way that we treated all other crude oil suppliers. As the investigation report details, that included our annual business appreciation functions attended by more than 120 industry people each year."
So, their defense appears to be that this is common practice in the oil and gas industry!
AND they want MORE access to America's treasures?!

Posted by: mtnm8s | September 14, 2008 8:54 AM

Who's agenda was advanced by exposing this? are we supposed to believe one of these people suddenly had an attack of conscience and turned traitor? A lot of time and money went into exposing this and it's difficult to believe the govt would invest in prosecuting business misconduct since that would result in possible exposure to a counter suit in the event a mistake was made during the investigation. . .

Posted by: steve | September 14, 2008 8:56 AM

do what the koreans did or what the AMERICANS did when they plugged phone lines and e-mails in washington to stop the legalization of the illegals. where is the congress? I like what frank serpico said when he testified against corrupt police officers "bad cops should fear good cops not good cops fear bad cops". bad politicians should fear the good people of this great country because WE THE PEOPLE are the one who put them there.

Posted by: JUST | September 14, 2008 9:08 AM

RE: Mike | September 14, 2008 7:28 AM
"big government":

Bush has already jumped over everyone and given himself dictator status.

It all goes back a century and more, beyond the present...and to:

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

Wake Up America and the World

Posted by: tired | September 14, 2008 10:11 AM

They needed the extra cash to fill up the SUV. The sex and drugs were just a bonus, their reward for winning the election. They didn't believe God or anyone else would mind.

Posted by: Tarheel | September 14, 2008 10:13 AM

It is hilarious that the Republican's chant of "drill baby drill" has suddenly fallen silent. Really funny. No need to stop now...lets say it with new meaning! Drill Baby Drill!Drill Baby Drill!Drill Baby Drill!Drill Baby Drill! LOL soooo...funny!

Posted by: Wayne | September 14, 2008 10:19 AM

America's greatness is past. And why do you idiots blame the Republicans? Do you really think there is a differance between parties?

Posted by: nemo | September 14, 2008 12:08 PM

What did McCain say when he heard this report?

I'm gonna drill right here right now!

Posted by: AnnapolisMD | September 14, 2008 4:22 PM

In reply to: Let's get real here | September 13, 2008 11:38 PM

You say "Us Americans need to stop, think and understand why things are happening more."

Ethical behavior in any large organization or bureaucracy is a top down thing. Those in lower positions read what the correct behavior is from those in power above them. In the case of the government, the top of the power chain is the president. In answer to your query as to why these people did what they did, or why they thought they could get away with their actions is simple. The president of the United States has lied to the American public, and abused the power of his office for the past seven years. He has never admitted a mistake nor taken any personal responsibility for his actions. Nor has he required any subordinate to take responsibility.

Therefore, why should the perpetrators of these blatant acts of stupidity and criminality have given their actions a second thought? After all, they weren’t doing anything worse than the president has done. In fact, no one has died because of their actions.

Posted by: AnnapolisMD | September 14, 2008 4:36 PM

RE:AnnapolisMD| September 14, 2008 4:36 PM
---------------------------------------
Absolutely corrects. Hence GW's "gift" to himself and all following occupants of the Office. Check out:

National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/20070509-12.html

White House News

NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-20


I think I am afraid...!

Posted by: tired | September 14, 2008 5:27 PM

The Interior is also host to many corrupt high level officials in the Indian Agency programs. The Office of US Attorney is reluctant to invesitigate... who are they really protecting? The taxpayers or the criminals?

Posted by: I Believe It! | September 15, 2008 9:05 AM

Believe It!......

Corrupt AND crimimals and MUCH more:

I implore all to have the Intelligence, patience and good sense to watch:

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

(before it's too late). This film will be presented to the public on 2 Oct.

Posted by: tired | September 15, 2008 5:46 PM

RE: http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/....

If this film does NOT open on the first try, be sure to CUT & Paste the URL into your searcher to force the opening. There are evil forces at work.

Posted by: tired | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM

Put every one of those crooks in prison along with their Ho's!

Posted by: Crowbro | September 15, 2008 9:30 PM

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