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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 gentlemanís bribe.

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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