In the run up to the midterm elections, members of the Democrat Party vowed to bring about an end to the so-called “culture of corruption? allegedly created by the Republican Party. Thanks in large part to a series of scandalous events and political indiscretions by several Republicans leading up to the ‘06 election Democrats were able to capitalize on the peoples perception that many of the Republicans in office at the time were part of an unscrupulous and dishonest faction within the government. The strategy worked, and they won big.

It seems that the Democrats would have at least attempted to give the appearance of being above the fray when it comes to using their newly earned political power to satisfy their personal wants and needs, but this is not the case. In fact, quite the opposite seems to be true. Even the queen “B? (Nancy Pelosi) has been recently exposed for accused of directing millions of dollars in the direction of businesses that her husband has financial interests in. So it seems that the “culture of corruption? not only still exists, but continues to thrive in the Democrat stronghold of Washing D.C.

Suffice it to sat that I wasn’t too surprised to find out that a couple of days ago John Murtha, the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, threatened to disallow any and all further spending projects to a Republican colleague, Mike Rogers, who dared to challenge the almighty Murtha over a $23 million earmark he had inserted into an intelligence bill last week. This is a flagrant violation of the House rules, but what more could you expect from a guy that fancies himself as a modern day incarnation of Boss Tweed.

This just the latest example of Murtha using strong arm tactics to get his way on the House floor and comes only a week after he verbally attacked Todd Tiahrt for voting in favor of Rogers’s motion to cut the $23 million dollar earmark Murtha was trying to secure for the National Drug Intelligence Center, which happens to be located in Murtha’s congressional district. Apparently the Bush administration had previously eliminated the $23 million from the budget to force the agency to close the office, after it received a number of bad evaluations from several federal review boards.

According to an article posted at “The Politico”, Murtha told Rogers, “I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone, and you will not get any earmarks now and forever.?

Rogers then said to Murtha, “This is not the way we do things here – and is that supposed to make me afraid of you??

To which Murtha replied, “That’s the way I do it.?

Rogers does plan to include a transcript of the incident into the Congressional Record for the purpose of documenting the violation which will also oblige the House to vote on whether or not to reprimand Murtha for his threats, but so far the Republicans are not willing to go as far as calling for an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.