Monday, January 16, 2006

Hear Hear!

An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers

We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members. But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.

As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.

Signed,
N.Z. Bear, The Truth Laid BearHugh Hewitt, HughHewitt.comGlenn Reynolds, Instapundit.comKevin Aylward, Wizbang!La Shawn Barber, La Shawn Barber's CornerLorie Byrd / DJ Drummond , PolipunditBeth Cleaver, MY Vast Right Wing ConspiracyJeff Goldstein, Protein WisdomStephen Green, VodkapunditJohn Hawkins, Right Wing NewsJohn Hinderaker, Power LineJon Henke / McQ / Dale Franks, QandOJames Joyner, Outside The BeltwayMike Krempasky, Redstate.orgMichelle Malkin, MichelleMalkin.comEd Morrissey, Captain's QuartersScott Ott, ScrapplefaceThe Anchoress, The AnchoressJohn Donovan / Bill Tuttle, Castle Argghhh!!!, and of course, Partisan Pundit