Maybe Barack Obama will bring a new day to Washington but back in his old stomping grounds the more things change the more things stay the same. With the indictment and arrest of Democrat Governor Blagojevich the state of Illinois is making a serious run at challenging Louisiana as the most corrupt state. Illinois, where any elected or public service job comes with a salary and tips.
Governor Blagojevich forgot the one thing that any good Mafia movie fan knows, don’t say it on the phone and don’t write it down. I like the fact that the day before he was arrested he challenged the media to listen in on his phone calls. Please dust off the Gary Hartpence Award and hand it to this guy immediately.
Governor Blagojevich’s career in politics is done so if I were him I would have a little fun. Rod, don’t resign! Make them drag you kicking and screaming from the statehouse in Springfield. Do whatever you can to screw things up. Issue a proclamation making the state speed limit 95 M.P.H. Declare state holidays for John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck. Live a little!
There is a lot of self righteous indignation going around in the media and in political circles but what is Governor Blagojevich’s real offense? He did overtly what every politician does covertly; he put a price tag on a political office. Look at the presidential race this year, Obama outspent McCain by about four hundred million dollars and he won. In 2004 Bush outspent Kerry by about a two to one margin and he won. I could go on but the fact is for any office from state representative to the Oval Office the guy with the most cash wins. Governor Blagojevich just took the guess work and pretence out of the process. Bill Clinton did the same thing in reverse. He dispensed his favors while in office and has been busy for the past eight years running around the world picking up his cash. Everyone understands that money talks and the guy with his name on the door needs to have his beak wetted in order to get things done. Why else would someone spend two or three million for a Senate job that pays $168,000 a year?
It is an open secret that if you give enough cash to the right presidential candidate you stand a good chance ending up as the Ambassador to Canada or The Court of St. James. Let’s take this system out of the shadows and pay off the national debt by selling off some government gigs to the highest bidder. There are plenty of positions that really are of no consequence and could be done well by any person with a nice voice and a dark suit. Think of windfall from some Hollywood do-gooder if we offered up the head post at the United Nations. How much could we rake in by putting the job of Surgeon General up on E Bay? Why not sell Obama’s seat in the big house? How hard can being the junior Senator from Illinois be? The last guy who had the job was almost never there for the last two and a half years.