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Can I Call 'Em Or What?

Way back on January 6, I said:

Senator Lieberman is about to start up his Enron investigation. The conventional wisdom in the press is that this will uncover all kinds of skullduggery linking the Bush Administration to the failed company as a result of campaign donations and close ties of the principals to the Administration members, including W.

But the Democrats will have to be very careful when they turn over that particular rock--you never know what will crawl out.

Well, it only took Michael Weisskopf eight months to get on the case, but he's finally done it.

Advantage, Transterrestrial!

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 19, 2002 02:47 PM
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The question is, how could they not see this coming? Or was the assumption that traditional media just wouldnt care?

Posted by buzz at August 19, 2002 07:39 PM

Imagine that? A megacorp seeking political influence (and politicians claiming ignorance) What a concept...

The small guy needs protection (but instead generally gets government harassment); can anybody explain to me why the big guys need anything more than a competitive spirit? For what possible purpose would they need favors from the government?

When a company gets large enough, it would seem IMHO that any political involvement would equate to corruption. Yet, this is the norm. Business as usual. Is there any way to insure that political access is inversely proportional to the size of a business (or is my contention full of holes?)

Why does it take so long for investigators to discover the obvious (a megacorp that existed during a parties power had influence) instead of shining a spotlight on it from the beginning for all to see? Shouldn't elected officials public contacts be a part of the public record (with no authorization for closed door sessions?) Except for national security, is there any reason for secrecy?

Obviously, money buys influence, but 200 years ago they figured out how to limit corrupting influences and give the individual some protection from the big gorilla's (government and business - and religion) How is it we seem to pretty much be asleep at the switch in this age?

What is it that blinds so many to the obvious? (or am I wrong? or too early in the morning for a rant? ;-) )

Posted by ken anthony at August 20, 2002 07:27 AM

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