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Thoughts on Events the Week of March 11

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on March 18, 2019

The college entrance scandal that broke this week is symptomatic of everything that is wrong in America today: greed. (Well, plus racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, guns and ignorance.)

The golden rule in America, corrupted since President Reagan told us greed is good, circa 1980, is, “He who has the gold makes the rules,” and over time, those with the gold have used it to purchase a Congress that creates laws that give them more and more of it at the expense of everyone else. The result is that inequality has reached the point that we are now in another Gilded Age.

And yet, though the ultra-rich have written a blank check for themselves, they still want to steal from us. (Think Dick Cheney and Halliburton during the Iraq War.) And though those caught up in the college entrance scandal have myriad legal ways to help their children get into a good school, they still broke the law to get even more advantage.

Perhaps we should have a smidgen of sympathy for one of Lori Loughlin’s daughters who is caught up in this scandal. Based on a social media posting by her, she is a vacuous, incurious, spoiled airhead who would have trouble getting into any school without spectacular help. And do you think for a moment that George W. Bush or Donald Trump would have gotten into their prestigious schools without help (read daddy’s money)?

Another example of the corrosive influence of money in our system is the light sentence Paul Manafort received in his first criminal trial from a judge obviously conditioned to genuflect to wealth and influence.

So, it turns out that our best and brightest are merely our most corrupt and venal. But deep down, we already knew that. It’s been apparent for a while. fffffffffff

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