Saturday, January 24, 2009

Being Ex-Senate Leader Joseph Bruno

Will the corruption in public and private life, in government and business, ever end? The New York Times reports on the former GOP State Senator Joseph Bruno's indictment.

Bruno is believed to have received "more than $3 million over a 13-year period, beginning in 1993, from a handful of companies seeking contracts and grants with the state, as well as contracts to manage pension fund investments for at least 16 labor unions."

By the way, what ever happened to Senator Ted Stevens? Out of sight out of mind? I'd like to know. Steven's conviction in the hundreds of thousands (some $250,000 to be exact) seems like chump change in comparison, though no less egregious.

Maybe jail time mixed in with the general population can be a deterrent. But has jail time ever been deterrent? Greed seems to supersede the possibility of jail. It seems to blind the once perceived wise man leader of the Senate.

Senators in ancient times were so revered for their wisdom and ethics. What a reversal. But then again the more things change the more they seem to stay the same. These senators often became wealthy at the expense of the provinces.

What are we to do?

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