Facts and Factoids

Government Solicits $192 Million in Bribes,
Costs Taxpayers $165,780 Million

pros·ti·tute  (prosti-toot) n.
1. One who solicits and accepts payment for sex acts.
2. One who sells one's abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose.

The data for the table below was taken from the article titled ‘‘Paying to Play: How Masters of Washington’s Big Money Game Won in the 1999 Tax Bill’’. I just happen to think that it has more impact when all the numbers are visible at the same time, and when bribery and payoffs are called what they are instead of using euphemisms like ‘‘Campaign Contributions’’, ‘‘Political Donations’’, or ‘‘Soft Money.’’ The money used to bribe politicians by special interest groups is in no sense a contribution nor is it a donation. Those terms imply that there are no strings attached to the money, when in fact of course there are. I do not know to what level of detail the negotiations for political favors descends, but it is quite clear that favorable legislation is expected in return for the bribes otherwise the ‘‘contributions’’ would cease.

The companies paying the bribes can hardly be blamed for their actions. They make no secret of being in business for profit and are simply doing what is expected of them -- trying to make a profit. In fact, they receive almost a 1000 to 1   ‘‘Return On Investment’’ for the bribe money used to purchase legislative favors from congress. That's a good deal in anyone's book (unless you happen to be a taxpayer). The Congressmen themselves however, are quite another matter. They claim to be ‘‘Public Servants’’, and to have ethics and a duty to uphold the Constitution and to work for the benefit of the American people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are they hypocrites and liars, they are also prostitutes (see 2nd definition above) who are exploiting the people by selling us out for political power and personal gain.

The Founding Fathers anticipated that the men who run the government, and particularly the Federal Government since it has certain powers over the states, are less than perfect. That is why they placed checks and balances into the Constitution. That is why they stated in:

Article II.  Section. 4. ‘‘The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.’’

That is why they specifically enumerated the powers of congress, and added Amendments 9 and 10 to the Bill of Rights:

Amendment IX.  ‘‘The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.’’

Amendment X.  ‘‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. ’’

The one thing they apparently didn't count on however, is the apathy of the public that allows our politicians to completely ignore the Constitution.   In any case, here are the Congressional Bribery Statistics. The Bribery Amounts are rounded off to the nearest tenth of a Million, and the Taxpayer Costs are rounded off to the nearest ten Million.

Term limits aren't enough. We need jail!

Organization Bribery Dates Bribe Amount Payoff Date Taxpayer Cost
Chemical, Iron & Steel, and Mfg. Ind. Jan 1991 - June 1997 $22.2 Million 1997 - 2008 $26,000 Million
National Foreign Trade Council Jan 1995 -  Dec  1998 $23.1 Million 2002 - 2010 $24,000 Million
R&D Credit Coalition Jan 1991 - June 1997 $25.6 Million 2000 - 2005 $13,100 Million
Banking and Insurance Industry Jan 1995 -  Dec  1998 $49.6 Million 2000 - 2005 $5,700 Million
Oil Industry 1989  -  1999 $22.0 Million 2008 - 2010 $1,600 Million
Restaurant and Hotel Industry Jan 1995 -  Dec  1998 $4.3 Million 2000 - 2010 $4,000 Million
Defense Industry Jan 1995 -  Dec  1998 $9.4 Million 2000 - 2008 $1,100 Million
Timber Industry Jan 1991 - June 1997 $2.7 Million 2003 - 2009 $280 Million
Oil, Chemical and Ins. Ind. Jan 1991 - June 1997 $24.8 Million 1995 - 2000 $10,000 Million
Broadcast Industry Jan 1991 - June 1997 $4.9 Million 1996 - 1997 $73,000 Million
Archer Daniels Midland and affiliates Jan 1991 - June 1997 $3.0 Million 1997 - 2000 $7,000 Million
Totals   $192 Million   $165,780 Million


Note: In case you're wondering why this page has a pinkish tinge to it, here are some answers:
  1. It's an attempt to maximize your anger.
  2. It's the color my face turns when I contemplate the corruption in politics.
  3. It's the color the faces of our politicians would turn, if they had a conscience.

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