and just throwing a lot of these corrupt jerks out of office, are things like this:
That complaint would have required action of some form — even a cursory investigation before dismissal. But the rules changed in 1997.
Under a change that was adopted that year, outside groups and private citizens were barred from actually filing complaints with the ethics committee. Now, only individual members of the House of Representatives can file a complaint with the Ethics Committee against a fellow member.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the result: The number of complaints (and, therefore, the number of investigations) dropped substantially.
And who was the mastermind who pushed through the change, so that outside groups and private citizens could no longer file complaints with the House Ethics Committee?
Why, none other than Murtha himself.
These bastards specifically work to make it as difficult as possible for the peasants back home to trouble them over their actions, and trade favors back & forth to help each other hide from/cover up/dump actual, you know, investigations and such on their actions. Like so many in the House not wanting to really go after Rangel for his tax corruption; "Why, he might be able to do me a favor someday, and it's only a little tax cheating; what's the big deal?"