Pondering corruption

December 10, 2008
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Yet another Illinois governor is going down in legal flames, as Rod Blagojevich struggles to extricate himself from federal accusations that he brazenly tried to peddle Barack Obamaâ??s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

So, weâ??re reminded again that power corrupts. And that people corrupt power.

What is it about politics? Do you think the problem is mostly corrupt people coming into power, or power corrupting innocent people?
  • I think it's a little of both, but I really think it depends on which level of government we're talking about. I think at the national level you get more people who are in it for the power and the financial gain. We are far beyond our congress and president actually working for our benefit and most are just in it for themselves.

    At the local and state level I think it's more power corrupting those in office. My father-in-law was mayor of an Indiana city a while back. He said he could have made millions if he had been on the take - developers, businesses, etc. literally threw money at him (or rather tried to) to get contracts, zoning, etc. I imagine his situation was no different than any other mayor.
  • There has to be a compelling reason some people go into politics and put up with relentless media scrutiny of their private lives, some reason beyond wanting to serve. For some, I'm sure it's the payola.
  • At the risk of sounding like a naive pollyanna -- and I've been around politics and powerful people for most of my career -- for every idiot politician on-the-take there are thousands who enter government service because they truly want to serve.

    The good ones see the chuck holes that need filled; they see a vision of their community beyond the present obvious; they see the snow that needs to be plowed; the public art that enhances their community and the absolute necessity for improving their schools and the future lives of their communities' children.

    Regrettably it's a function of the news business that generally 'good' news isn't news so the jerks and the crooks make the headlines. But because they don't get recognized doesn't mean that men and women of integrity and goodwill aren't in government.

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  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?