- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 27, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There should be no more complaints from those in Congress about corruption in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan or Central America. Compared to Congress, those countries are in the minor leagues. No other country comes close to the amount of political corruption we generate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that “most” senators have something important to them in the health care bill. He says, in essence, that if they did not get their goodies, they were not doing their jobs. If you do not get in on the feeding frenzy, if you do not sell your vote, if you do not engage in the worst kind of political corruption, you lose.

The converse logic is that if you actually try to craft a bill that makes sense or let principle guide your vote, you are a fool for not playing the game.

About a dozen states are exempt from some of the bill’s provisions. The senators of those states realized that certain provisions of the bill would have a negative impact on their constituencies. The remaining states are left to suffer those negative consequences and to pay for those exempted. The question is: If it is bad for your state, why is it not equally bad for other states? Furthermore, if it is equally bad for other states, why did you vote for it? Senators constantly speak of “national issues” and “the will of the American people,” but when the heat is on, it is every man for himself.

Imagine the CEO of a corporation going to major shareholders and offering hundreds of millions of dollars of company money to support the CEO’s pet project. Someone please explain the difference between that and what we have seen in the House and Senate.

DENNIS LANDRY

South Riding, Va.

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