By any other name, it's still corruption

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. – Thomas Jefferson

Mr. Jefferson, I am sorry to report we’re already there.

Abuse of power is now the way things are done in American government. It is so common, we don’t even call it corruption. We call it “economic incentives” and the “common good.”  For example, Gov. Beverly Perdue recently proudly announced that the private company Talecris wold get $20 million in tax breaks. We can only hope that deal with work out better than the arrangement with Dell and Google.

The N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who’s responsible for regulating lobbyists, recently sent out a fund raising appeal to those same lobbyists for her unannounced bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. When some lobbyists questioned this solidification, her campaign manger responded that they were on the list because “they had some sort of relationship with Secretary Marshall in the past.”

Sure they did, and still do. It’s part of the “Pay to Play game.”