Money is not the mother’s milk of politics; it is a noxious potion that turns corrupt politicians into more corrupt politicians, that induces susceptible politicians to become unduly influenced politicians. It is like a polluting virus introduced into the stream, with the effect of the infection concomitant with the tolerance levels of those swimming in the body politic.
It is on these issues that even the most diligent and admirable members of the Gang of 63 lose any respect because their self-perpetuation gland seems to secrete an enzyme that turns them into an incumbent-protection cabal. And they are at it again.
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