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    RJDixon74135, happymisanthropy

    The government has an obligation to provide for the general welfare.  Failing to do that is falling down on the job.

    While our Congress has perfected not doing its job (e.g. privatization, outsourcing legislation, handing the purse strings to private banks), it's time we started calling them on it, especially when they refrain from passing legislation to promote the public welfare and rein in private corporations and then cite their restraint to extort campaign contributions and votes at the ballot box from the entities they haven't "harmed" when they could have.

    There's more than one way to capitalize on the failure to act.  It's not unusual for public officials to be bought off from doing their job.  The conservative congressional innovation is to have the "bribery" delegated to some third party (political consultants or PAC).  
    There's a variant which pops up occasionally on the local judicial scene where miscreants can "buy" their way out of a jail sentence or even a conviction by making a "donation" to some eleemosynary group favored by the judge.  It's not technically a bribe because the judge doesn't get the money, only the "honor" of being a friend of the charitable endeavor.

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 03, 2011 at 12:13:39 PM PST

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