It is no surprise that the U.S. House Ethics Committee punished no one over the Tom Foley scandal.

The committee’s relationship to ethics is in name only.

Last week, the committee ruled no one should be punished even though Foley, a Florida representative, made sexual advances toward teenage male pages, probably for as much as a decade.

Foley, of course, could not be disciplined because he resigned. But those who knew about Foley’s intemperate messages and advances to pages simply claimed to know nothing, and that apparently satisfied the Ethics Committee.

The committee was only able to arouse itself to mild indignation toward Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, stating he knew of Foley’s salacious e-mails months before they became public knowledge and lied about knowing as soon as he did.

Lying and avoiding the duties of his job as a House leader sounds as if it should require discipline. But as usual, the Ethics Committee does little, late.

If society were held to the same rules of ethics as Congress holds for its members, this would be a lawless society.

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