New York Times, June 16, 2017, p. A24. Now there’s a headline. The headline refers to the ethics committee of the New York State Assembly. And it only took 12 senators being convicted of crimes and a host of various and sundry scandals that make Chicago look angelic to dust off the cobwebs.
The committee is off to a good start. Enough senators on the committee voted to end stipend payments (“Lulus” as they are called and have been paid to senators of the opposite party in order to obtain their support for power retention. They are bonuses the senators receive for, well, who knows?). Even Charles Rangel, he of tax questions and rent issues, has decried lulus as immoral. However, one of the senators on ethics committee came back and said he needed to change his vote. Rusty, indeed! Rusty presumes that there were once skills in place. The Barometer is not so sure.