- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 19, 2002

It is outrageous that many trusting rank-and-file employees of Enron unfairly lost their financial future because of the greedy manipulation of a few executives and directors.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be voicing their outrage that something like the Enron debacle could happen. They should also be concerned that their biggest campaign contributor is involved in such a sleazy affair.

The word “evil” has been bandied about a lot lately by our president in reference to the acts of terrorism perpetrated on the United States. But our culture of greed blinds us to the evil that so pervades our land. The Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. It is not surprising that a corporation such as Enron could be spawned in a culture of greed.

The money that Enron gave over the years to politicians of both major parties about 75 percent to Republicans is tainted. The “money is speech” politicians who oppose campaign finance reform and took money from Enron are also tainted. They are unfit to represent a constituency and should be sent packing in the next election.

As a candidate during the presidential campaign, Mr. Bush said that he would bring dignity and honesty to the White House if he were elected. It would be wonderful for America if Mr. Bush would fight the evil greed that so besets us with the same passion as he fights the war on terrorism.


PAUL L. WHITELEY

Louisville, Ky.

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