June 20, 2006
A lot of you people don't like political posts, so before you stop reading, let me tell you--- this is NOT a political post. It's a Human Nature post.
When I worked at the chemical plant, I was in a position where I made a lot of calls about who received really, really lucrative contracts for doing really, really expensive work in my area. I was offered bribes. OFTEN. FREQUENTLY.
Naw... those weren't bribes... they were GIFTS, given to influence me, just to push me in the proper direction so that I would do the RIGHT THING for the good of the company. If I didn't lock the doors to my truck in the parking lot, I might find a frozen ham, a case of liquor or a few free passes to an expensive golf course over at Hilton Head. Just put there to let me know how much contractors CARED!!! I even had a few guys be so brazen as to pull out a checkbook and ask, "How much?" when a fat contract was up for bid.
Know what I did with that shit? I told the guy with the checkbook to stick it up his ass. I dumped the loot out of my truck and left it in the parking lot. I didn't give a damn WHO picked it up, but it wouldn't be ME. I really wanted to do what was good and proper for my area, and I could NOT be bought. Is that about the dumbest thing you ever heard of?
EVERYBODY ELSE DID IT! I was a damn fool not to do it myself.
I'll admit that I went to a bunch of free lunches while a salesman pitched his wares to me. That wasn't unethical to me. I did it when I was actually interested in what the guy was selling, but the free lunch never had anything to do with my decision to buy it or not.
Look at congress. I was small fry compared to the gadzillions of dollars THEY handle, but the ethics are the same to me. You either CAN be bought, or you CAN'T.
We've got too many people in Congress who take pride in not selling out cheap. As if that makes selling out any different. The only difference between a $2 whore and a $1,000 whore is the price. They're both whores.
And Human Nature? Just damn! We're ALWAYS gonna have whores. Always have, always will. We just shouldn't elect them to Congress.
The problem is... I don't think you can GET to Congress anymore without being a whore to start with.
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