Posts Tagged ‘politicians’

New Jersey Politicians

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The media often covers the trials and incarcerations of New Jersey’s corrupt politicians and, indeed, the state has a lot of officials doing hard time, standing trial or awaiting sentencing.  There are so many of them that folks in other states think New Jersey is the center of political corruption.  Not true.  New Jersey’s politicians are no more corrupt than other politicians throughout the world and history.  What gives the state a bad name is that we investigate and prosecute more politicians that the other states do.  These other states suffer from corrupt politicians just as much as New Jersey does; the difference is that New Jersey does something about it.

Instead of snickering at New Jersey, the voters in these other states should demand that their prosecutors follow New Jersey’s example and investigate more of their politicians.  It is my belief that if that happens, New Jersey will become ‘average’ in terms of its number of jailed politicians.

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Good Guys vs Bad Guys

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

One of the major problems facing society is figuring out who the “good guys” are.  Too frequently, these “good guys” are bad guys masquerading as good guys.  Politicians sell their vote on an issue for money.  In return for the bribe, they introduce legislation written entirely by a special interest group for the sole benefit of that group.  Religious figures prey on the vulnerable and the weak.  A CEO, while looting his corporation, will smile and tell investors and employees that the corporation is financially healthy.  The list goes on and on.  One thing to be said in favor of old-fashioned gangsters is that they didn’t pretend to be anything else but bad guys.

If it’s any consolation, this is not a modern aberration.  Our distant ancestors suffered the same confusion in ancient Athens and Rome.  Apparently, we haven’t evolved much in the last few millennia.