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Privilege often corrupts

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Submitted by Linda (United States), Dec 13, 2002 at 15:08

There is no doubt that the executive branch and other politicians have lost clarity in dealing with the benefits afforded them by the Saudi royal family . But doesn't this go on all the time in one form or another, particularly in government?

We have created a somewhat similar situation in our own Congress by allowing our representatives to benefit from pensions and health insurance, self-determined raises and other perks which do not in any way allow them to be personally affected by the health care and social security problems of the rest of our citizens.

What incentive do they have to deal with things that don't affect them? There is always a privileged group whose life keeps them out of touch with real issues. Soft money, in whatever form it passes hands, will always corrupt. If we support this kind of system within the country, what is to keep the higher ups from running the same routine with perks from the outside?.

I would be interested in hearing how Jiimmy Carter benefited from the Saudi royals, since he seems so out of the loop.
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