Sunday, March 18, 2012
anatomy of corruption
So why do most of our politicians do the bidding of their favorite lobbyists? Obviously, for the money.
(W)hat’s the best way to “buy” a member of Congress? Secretly promise them a million dollars or more in pay if they come to work for you after they leave office. Once a public official makes a deal to go to work for a lobbying firm or corporation after leaving office, he or she becomes loyal to the future employer. And since those deals are done in secret, legislators are largely free to pass laws, special tax cuts, or earmarks that benefit their future employer with little or no accountability to the public.
The bribery inherent in the "revolving door" is the most widespread and pernicious form of political corruption in America today.