Petty Corruption

Here and here are two more data points to add to the pattern I mentioned a few weeks ago of Obama putting up with petty corruption by people on his administration. I don’t like this pattern and I hope it goes away.

Incidentally, I just want to echo the point resonating across the lefty blogs this week. If the Republicans are all going to vote against the stimulus package, and if the Democrats are therefore going to get all the credit if it succeeds and all the blame if it fails, and if the stakes are really as high as everyone says they are, then shouldn’t Democrats try to pass the best possible package policy-wise (i.e. lots of infrastructure and long-term spending), and not one laden with tax cuts and pork and all the other petty corruption ordinarily used to grease the passage of an important bill?

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4 Responses

  1. As per conversations I believe we had in Pasadena, by the Swedish tolerance for corruption, this would have killed-stone-dead the political careers of Daschle and Geithner, no questions. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_affair_at_the_announcement_of_the_Reinfeldt_cabinet

    /Johan (alls well in England, hope you’re well..!)

  2. Hey Johan, it’s great to hear from you, and I’m glad you’re well! And nice point about Sweden. I know we’ve talked about some if its faults, but reading about those resignations makes me think that at least it seems like they’ve figured out the problems facing us and have moved on to newer, cooler, problems.

  3. Ha, reading the news, one down, one to go 😉

    I’m following your blog via Google Reader (yeah…google…). If you want a return flow of thoughts, feel free to rss to my feed. Catch you later, wherever that may be, somewhere…

  4. hehe, yeah, and in addition to the other one this morning too!

    Thanks for the Google Reader link, I added it to my RSS, and I’ll keep in touch. And if I remember right, you’ve kept that feed going for an impressive amount of time now

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