The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.
Gannet reported that Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri had successfully gone to bat for a Pentagon contractor in which Petri owned hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, causing the value of Petri's investment in the company to rise, possibly as much as $200,000.
Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.
The Democrats -- far from perfect or beyond criticism -- are nothing when compared with Republicans when it comes to scandals and embarrassments. The problem is Americans have Reality TV short memories.
The same day that Rangel's guilty verdict came down, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor by President Obama. Staff Sgt. Giunta's humility is as sincere as Rangel's arrogance is insulting.