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TALK MONEY TO ME
Money is a mind changer. Even the most grounded of people can be cajoled
and blindsided by money. Losing sight of the common good in favor of
number one is becoming a national pastime. As sad as that thought is, can
we sit here and blame someone for wanting a better lot in life or judge
someone for deciding to grab for the brass ring when it is within reach.
Everyone has their own moral threshold, just how low that threshold is
depends on the circumstances.
No where does money play a bigger factor in the lives of people it
surrounds than in politics. From small towns to the steps of congress, the
money trail can be picked up and followed fairly easily by anyone who
takes the time to investigate it. As taxpaying people, rather than being
outraged by the information we find out about our elected officials, we
are complacent instead. The practice of taking money under the table is so
rampant, it almost appears that we have come to accept it and expect it.
What we fail to realize is what we have lost in order for a politician to
gain that extra home, or that Rolex watch. Someone had an agenda they
needed filled; no gift exchanged in politics is ever truly a gift. Itís a
A prime example of what money can do was exercised in Port Arthur, Texas
during its wide open days of the 60ís, before the James Commission came in
and shut the place down. A man there who owned several bars as well as an
amusement company that supplied juke boxes, pool tables, and the like, was
said to have paid the cops to go around to the other establishments and
shut down anyone who was using bar equipment that he wasnít furnishing. He
wasnít the only one in town using his money to further his private
agendas, the brothels and gambling halls had the cops and city officials
in their back pockets too. Apparently itís easy to look the other way when
youíre keeping your eye on the prize rather than your constituents. Mr.
James couldnít be bought and sold, he did what he came to town to do and
Port Arthurís lawless ways came to an abrupt end. Using money as a strong
arm tactic and for guarantees of protection isnít new, and is still in
common practice today where ever the need arises.
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