Corruption in Washington

This is nothing more than a sophisticated form of bribery.  Senate Majority Leader Reid is apparently trying to buy Senator Landrieu”s (D-La) vote for healthcare reform by sneaking into the 2,000 page monstrosity a $100 million favor for her state. 

Other than the fact that Landrieu’s single vote on this question is of massive significance for the future of our country, I realize that this kind of thing happens all the time in Washington and that both parties do it. 

And that is what is so disturbing.  Washington is a cesspool of corruption, a big game where powerful people take turns scratching each other’s backs.

I would wholeheartedly support term limits for all congressional seats.  Among politicians (not an admired group to begin with), career politicians are at the bottom of the barrel.  And the career politicians (who like to refer to themselves as “public servants”) are the ones who have made Washington what it is today.

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One Response to “Corruption in Washington”

  1. Luke A. Says:

    Aaron,

    This touches on a recent post of mine at Die Academie, and you’re absolutely right, it’s a form of “legal” bribery.

    If pork barrel spending was unconstitutional, like many of our founding fathers thought that it was, we wouldn’t be having these issues at all! Such “local” spending should have “local” sources of revenue. Otherewise there is a complete disconnect between the consumer (in this case the state or local gov’t) and the money (in this case the entire U.S.).

    Highways and byways are one thing…but some of this pork is ridiculous!

    Example: My home district (17th of Texas) received something on the order of $500,000 to improve the police force. The POLICE FORCE??? What does the Federal Government have to do with local police power??!?! Nothing! Why then, were the poor people of W. Virginia and other states paying for it!?

    But my congressman, Chet Edwards, was oh so proud of his accomplishment.

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