Are all politicians bribe specialists?

7/28/2009:

Over at PolickerNJ.com yesterday – columnist Murray Sabrin posted an interesting editorial in the wake of the recent NJ corruption scandal.

He drew comparisons between illegal bribes for administrative favors – and political promises made for accepting votes from special interest groups, etc. Adding that the government (especially in New Jersey) is so bloated and inefficient that many private entrepreneurs often NEED to pay to move their work ahead in a halfway effective manner (you ever pay a bouncer to cut the line?)

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bribery“Politicians have been “bribing” voters for decades, and loving every moment. Their spiel goes something like this: Vote for us and we will get you money (coerced from taxpayers) to do “good.” Politicians, of course, don’t call benefits they bestow on the special interests bribes in exchange for their votes; they call it funding the needs of the citizenry. This is the real corruption in New Jersey and around the nation–robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Money coerced from taxpayers for a “noble” purpose goes the politically correct line is considered morally acceptable by left wingers inside and outside government-and even by advocates of “clean” government. Nonsense.

Redistributing income is more odious than what sleazy politicians do–get a few thousand dollars into their own pockets, in exchange for helping a developer, while the tax system fleeces New Jersey taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars.

In short, “legal plunder” is considered morally superior to penny ante bribe taking.”

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9 Comments on "Are all politicians bribe specialists?"

KenOn10
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KenOn10

The editorial demonstrates that Murray Sabrin doesn’t have a clue. Regardless of your feelings about the size and scope of the NJ state government, bribery is wrong, wrong, wrong.

I love flimsy rationalization:

“So who are the villains in the ongoing tale of New Jersey politics? Entrepreneurs who are creating wealth and jobs, or the politicians and their ilk who have their hand out to expedite permits, etc? ”

Expediting permits? How about ignoring zoning, reducing their own taxes and ruining local quality of life? And frankly, “creating wealth”? Is that a fancy way of saying enriching themselves at my expense? Oh, the poor downtrodden entrepreneur who is “forced” to “expedite” the process by paying off some sleazeball like Peter Cammarano.

Sabrin seems to think rampant bribery would be okay if his taxes were kept low. How logical! 🙄 Makes me want to hurl!

jc5201
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jc5201

411- I don’t think your coverage has been skewed to one side at all here. It has been much more detailed and thorough than other media, who have said Cammarano should step down today, 411 said that before the weekend. Unfortunately, there are certain posters (DiamondJoe & Freewheelin) who believe their opinion is automatically fact. Just because you’re uncontrollably angry, doesn’t mean everybody should be. People can agree and disagree respectfully.

This site was the first to promote that classless debacle in front of Cammarano’s house by publishing people’s views. That was long before Zimster high-jacked the Monday night protest for their political gain.

There’s usually three sides to every story, and I believe you have done a fantastic job.

Colin
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Man, Zimmer pulls all the strings in your mind huh?

I have not seen her since this thing broke, nor the people who are constantly referred to as her advisors

In response to jc5201 who said:
411- I don’t think your coverage has been skewed to one side at all here. It has been much more detailed and thorough than other media, who have said Cammarano should step down today, 411 said that before the weekend. Unfortunately, there are certain posters (DiamondJoe & Freewheelin) who believe their opinion is automatically fact. Just because you’re uncontrollably angry, doesn’t mean everybody should be. People can agree and disagree respectfully.

This site was the first to promote that classless debacle in front of Cammarano’s house by publishing people’s views. That was long before Zimster high-jacked the Monday night protest for their political gain.

There’s usually three sides to every story, and I believe you have done a fantastic job.

getz76
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getz76

Characterizing abuse of public office as more acceptable than raising taxes in a representative government? That is terrible. The writer needs some perspective.

I am very right of center; Ron Paul is my choice.

However, we live in a representative government, and while I think the current tax burden on my family is disgusting, it is legal. I am in the minority. If I do not like it, I can either try to convince others or move. Complaining is one thing, but trying to say taking bribes is better than being “progressive” is moronic.

diamondjoe
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diamondjoe

Ummm, this is pretty silly. Taking a bribe is quite different from using the government’s ability to tax and spend to reallocate resources in a more equitable manner (however “equitable” is being defined by the administration doing the reallocating).

I’m wondering why the apologias for PC, 411. During the campaign you routinely posted pics of the pretty boy juxtaposed with less that flattering shots of Mason and Zimmer. You post about lost crocs but somehow neglect to mention anything about the rally (except ex post), and of course we had the featured Beck dreck a few weeks ago. It’s okay to be a right wing ideologue, but at least be honest about it.

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