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Thursday, January 05, 2006


The Abramoff Affair - Panic among the Hogs

They are running to return money received from Abramoff
Yes, the past has come back to haunt the elected lawmakers and their aides who were wined and dined by Jack Abramoff. What other tidbits they accepted from him will come out as the investigation moves forward. There is not much of a difference between the Democrat and Republican hogs who swill at the trough of legalized bribery that goes on under the name of campaign financing but Republicans are the primary recipients of favors from PACs simply because they have more clout to do what the lobbyists want. So, the Republicans have more to worry about the Abramoff affair. Under reverse circumstances many Democrats would have done the same. They are all part of the system that breeds corruption and encourages its growth.

Definition of bribery (Answers.com):

"Bribery is the practice of offering a professional or an authority person money or other favours in order to circumvent ethics or other rules in a variety of situations. It is a form of corruption and is generally illegal, or at least cause for sanctions from one's employer or professional organisation."

The headlines are revealing.

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg News
Abramoff fed Washington's outstretched hands
Washington Post, Jonathan Weisman
Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions

Forbes/Associated Press
Key Events in the Abramoff Investigation
Panic is palpable in Washington, DC. The venal politicians are trying to distance themselves from Abramoff. It is a bit late for some of them.
“A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.”
---Amos Bronson Alcott (American reformer, Philosopher and Teacher, 1799-1888)

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