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    They are not different at all.  Bribing a cop is the same as bribing a lawmaker in that both are bribes.  And no, bribery is not legal.

    I'm not saying that it doesn't happen every day nor that people don't get away with it all the time.  But that does not equal "legal."

    Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

    by democracy inaction on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:28:37 PM PST

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      even though no one will probably ever read this, the corruption of our government such that bribery is considered business as usual, no big deal and is rarely if ever punished (making it semi-legal in the defacto sense), is a serious symptom of a broken system of government.  This is precisely why we now have a government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations, a government that does not work for the people as it was designed.

      This is as clear an example as I can imagine for why we so desperately need real campaign finance reform and publicly-funded elections.  Getting the corrupting influence of money out of our political system is the only way to save our experiment in democracy and once again have a government that works for all of the people, not just those with a lot of cash.

      On another tangent, publicly-funded elections will also require the beefing up of security for all lawmakers and their families.  Getting the money out of politics will not deter corporations from still using their enormous wealth and power to try to get their way using any means necessary including threats (or actual actions) of violence, blackmail, etc. (think of how Pablo Escobar dealt with the lawmakers in his country).  When obscenely wealthy corporations are no longer able to simply buy senators and congressmen, they will try to find other ways to control those lawmakers and that needs to be part of the calculus in reforming campaign finance.

      Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

      by democracy inaction on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 05:10:35 AM PST

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