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    had their spouse hired by an agency over which the member had some influence, would you think that was appropriate?
     
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    i think it would depend on what agency and what the spouse's role was and what gain, if any, the member of congress and/or his family would gain from the appointment.

    what's on your mind?
     
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    no
     
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    actually, i misspoke. it wasn't a spouse, it was a significant other.

    gretchen morgansen's new book on the financial meltdown is quite critical of barney frank and his relationship with herb moses vis a vis fannie and freddie.

    i'm trying to decide whether or not to be outraged
     
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    well, do you think it impaired his judgment in any way? do you think that reliationship contributed to the meltdown?
     
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    Well, if you are not outraged by Clarance Thomas and his wifey..then this should be no great shakes.

    I do think it's inappropriate and great care should be exercised to insure no conflct of interests.
     
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    I happens all the time but it doesn't mean there is an advantage there. An opportunity, yes.

    I'm not sure if this would be another example but when Bill was president and used Hillary as an unofficial advisor. She had a say and it came right to the edge, maybe stepping over the line at times.

    Barney and his SO? His being such a lightning rod in politics and lifestyle, they're probably very careful.

    We're talking politics tho.
     
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    Yeah those two are strange.
     
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    Was the spouse or SO qualified for the job?

    Did the member 'influence' the hiring?

    I think we need to consider these on individual cases. It's unfair for a spouse or SO to be unable to take a job for which they are well qualified, just because they happen to be married to or in a relationship with a member of congress. However, if that member assisted their SO to get the job - that would be inappropriate.
     
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    Par for the course with Democrats.

    After all we had Hillary, an un-elected spouse, putting together Hillarycare in the 90s.

    But what you told us about Barney Fwank may explain why he so stubbornly tried to stop any reform of Fannie Mae when Bush tried to reform it. Where did you get that info? Good grab!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs]YouTube - ‪Shocking Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis‬‏[/ame]
     

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