New York Times: DeLay, Abramoff and others victims of golf's temptations
The New York Times – that infamously liberal newspaper that helped bolster the case for the war on Iraq and ran a story about the U.S. spying on its own citizens a year late in deference to the White House – this weekend took an interesting look at the recent lobbying scandal involving Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney and others.
To summarize: It’s golf’s fault.
“I’m going to go over a lot of things today, and I can take all of your questions, but let me give you the all-encompassing rule. Golf is bad,” quoted Times reporter Anne E. Kornblut from an anonymous, third-party source from an anonymous F.B.I. ethics training session, that the Times is willing to guarantee took place in Miami.
So while lobbyists are busy falling on swords for their meal tickets and politicians and their supporters are either blaming the system or excitedly pointing fingers at their opponents, the Times has put it all together – golf is the problem.
“But now, as the Abramoff ordeal in Washington unfolds, golf is acquiring the whiff of scandal, its exclusive fairways and cozy clubhouses redolent of an improper commerce between money and influence,” wrote Kornblut, dreams of Pulitzers dancing through her head.
Way to take a hard-hitting look at the whoredom of the U.S. government and lay it on the golf course, Anne. This is an issue that has as much to do with golf as Bill Frist’s shady dealings have to do with hospitals.
Golf is just fine, and isn’t that exclusive or cozy to the vast majority of its players. Let’s put the onus on the real issue: politicians need to get off the golf course, stop worrying about their next campaign, and start representing those that elect them.
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This puts golf/lobbying/politics in
perspective right...NOPE! As in
nearly every industry there are places for deals to be made. Is it so bad to be out with nature, swinging a golf club, smoking a cigar
and working out ways for your home
district to benefit from your hard
work. Actually, no it isn't.
I have been working on Capitol Hill for almost 34 years. Every time there is a scandal of any sort, the
repercussions reverberate throughout
the Congress. Then some good things
happen, but mostly bad. In this case, former Members of Congress may
have to pay the price of losing their
Congressional gym privileges and/or
adding another year to their NON-lobbying abilities since leaving
Congress. All because of a VERY
small percentage of people who do not
know how to accept and obey certain
rules. In this case, there are about
3 or 4 former Members of Congress who
are going to ruin it for the other
100+ "Formers". The same might happen on the golf courses around our
nations capitol....and THAT would be a disaster in my opinion.
Okay, I've been watching too much Sandler movies.
But the tradition of golf being blamed for stuff is an old and hallowed one. Some English king back in the day (I think James I, heir to childless Liz I) proclaimed that his people were no longer to waste their time in this frivolous pursuit, when they should be out practicing archery, so they could continue to humiliate France and Spain. Meanwhile, he spent a fair amount of time on the links himself (if, as I remember, he was from Scotland) and also on the tenetz court...
English and Scots in the same
category...He was a King of Scotland.
Just about everyone hates the English
over there...or profess to in local
pubs!! Plus the French and Spanish
were more often looked on as allies
rather than the enemy....anyone who
was against the English. Just ask
Bonny Prince Charlie.
the courses had to have been built
by Scotsmen....although even in their
greatest triumphs, the Scots never got as far south as Kent..!!
But we digress from the original thought....think any Congressional junkets will be going to Scotland any
time soon? NOPE!
Now they have really done it...final tally has only 50 members of Congress
voting against "Lobby-Gate". I will
be losing many friends because they
won't be able to come into the gym...
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