Political Corruption Explained: Dems vs. GOP

Reading about the recent arrest of Leland Yee we are struck by the fine line between legal and illegal campaign contributions. Released recordings show the FBI informant insisting, "I want this (quid) for that (quo)" while a hapless Leland protests, "No, no that would be illegal... but OK."

Leland's voting record includes many instances of voting against the interests of San Francisco and his constituents after receiving last-minute contributions from effected industries. However, it seems that it is legal for a politician to take contributions in payment for votes that are consistent with their ideology. Good deal for the Republicans, whose ideology has been distilled down to "Rich people aren't rich enough."

Which is the point I'm trying to make, however imperfectly, in the cartoon. My original idea was to have Donkey Dem advertising, "You have to BRIBE us to do what Republicans do for free!" 

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Jim Beller April 09, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Dorothy, I refuse to let my blog become a platform for your wild generalizations about Republicans. I have friends and relatives who are Republicans and they don't reflect "racism combined with naked catering to big business". They keep their clothes on!
dorthy manser April 09, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Fair enough, Jim. I don't think these are characteristics of Republicans as a people. I was referring to the Republican party as an organization. That does not mean that the typical Republican is any less moral than the typical Democrat, or that there are not many decent Republicans. Unfortunately, they have frequently been betrayed by their party. That being said, I've deleted my previous comment, since I agree that it was unnecessarily inflammatory.
Peter Goodman April 09, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Hey, Jim. I get your point. Like most satire you stretch on both sides to reveal the divide. You are not saying that all Republicans are corrupt; only that they don't have to be corrupt in order to ruin the world for the rest of us. Setting aside the many wonderful and conscionable Republicans I know to exist, yours is a gross generalization I can mostly agree with! Another is that politicians on all sides are easily corrupted venal moral cowards.
dorthy manser April 09, 2014 at 10:53 PM
But then again, Jim, I think it is sad that so many moderate Republicans, like your friends and relatives, would stand by and let their party by taken over by ideologues and extremists. But I guess it would be rude to point that out.


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