"Under compromise ethics legislation announced yesterday, [N.C.] legislators would be allowed to accept unlimited gifts without having to disclose them as long as a 'reasonable person' wouldn't connect the gifts to lobbying." ("Ethics Plan Takes a Twist," W-S Journal, today)
And get this: "Legislators and lobbyists would be able to decide for themselves whether a particular gift meets the standard. And ethics officials would investigate only if they get a complaint."
They have GOT to be shitting us!
Well, yes, as a matter of fact, they are.
The Democrats behind this deserve whatever the electorate has the energy to dish out. You can bet the Republicans are going to beat this oil drum with a stick. (Not that they would have done any better.)