Friday, December 12, 2008

Political Corruption

Ronni Bennett wrote about politics and corruption on her blog Time Goes By. As always, Ronni writes about topical issues in the most informative and interesting way. Her blog is primarily geared toward interests of elders, but anyone can learn and benefit from what she writes. Besides, she is an excellent writer and critical thinker! Here's an excerpt from her latest post:

Look, I’m not na├»ve. I know politicians twist corporate and rich peoples’ arms for money in exchange for legislative favors and appointments, and vice versa. But this is the first time in my memory that we know the precise, naked details of how it happens day-to-day, can see the Janus-faced politician as he is, claiming reform in public while selling the public trust for personal enrichment in private.

Much of the time corruption is so Byzantine as to be impenetrable. (What exactly did the banks and Wall Street firms do with those mortgages?) What has made the Blagojevich allegations (has anyone called it Blago-gate yet?) so “popular” is that it is corruption at its most base: “you give me money; I give you Senate seat.” It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

A majority of people go through life working hard for living, do their best to raise their children to become morally responsible adults, pay their bills and their taxes and do it all by the rules. It’s hard to know if politics attracts those who are already corrupt or if politics corrupts those who were once honest, but that short-list above tells us the kind of government we have, have always had. And it is not to anyone’s benefit but politicians and their corporate cronies.

In the recently contagious bubble of political “hope,” the Blagojevich affair is thoroughly deflating.

2 comments:

Ronni Bennett said...

Thank you, Joy, for such a lovely compliment. Now we have Bernie Madoff who, he confessed, has stolen $50 BILLION from his investment clients.

We could have bailed out Detroit with that money and had some left over for the rest of us.

Good god, what will be next.

Berry Blog said...

Nobody goes to Washington to serve the common man.I'm sure everybody is there to get rich.Everybody!the Republicans ae not unhappy losing this election. Like the soldiers of Alexander the Great, they got so much booty and they had to stop and carry it home- the only reason they wouldn't follow him to India.
xoxoxcharlie