Last week, Nancy Boyda was tapped by Democrats to introduce a bill that would strip federal pensions from corrupt Members of Congress. This is not a new idea, Republicans in the House passed a similar measure before, but Democrats in the Senate would not let it move.
The Republican bill would have stripped pensions from corrupt Members of Congress for 21 separate fraudulent or otherwise corrupt practices, Boyda would only have stripped it for 4 (yes FOUR, or 20% as good as the Republican bill). To her credit, she added a 5th as the bill went to the floor.
Not only was Boyda's bill inferior in its attempt to punish corrupt Members of Congress, but she and the Democrats didn't allow the bill to be considered by a committee. And, they brought it to the House floor without a chance for an amendment. That's right, Republicans were not allowed a chance to add back the other 16 felonies that would prevent a Member of Congress from receiving a taxpayer-funded pension.
Oh, and the Democrats were about to exempt the entire next two years of criminal activity from being covered, but changed their mind on that at the last minute.
Yet, Nancy Boyda went to the House floor and said the American people demanded that Congress clean up its act while at the very same time eliminating the bi-partisanship she said she would bring to Washington by denying the rights of Republicans to make the bill better.
It's the height of hypocrisy to suggest that this little stunt was anything but pure politics. If Boyda wanted to clean up Congress, why put forward such a weak piece of legislation.
And here's the big question, will any Kansas newspapers pick up on the fact that this legislation is just a watered down political ploy or not? I bet not.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.