The Random Ruminations and Observations of a Curmudgeon

30 September 2005

Businessmen, Money and Republican Scandal

The Republican Party prides itself on being the party friendly to business.  It seems to draw a fair number of grubby businessmen into its ranks, notable Cunningham and DeLay, and perhaps Abramoff and others.  These guys are characterized by their early years spent finding an angle to earn a buck.  They seem to never lose that mindset.  They seem to get sucked into the maelstrom of petty thievery and chicanery with a wink.  When these small minded businessmen hit the big time, they continue their small minded tactics with the big money.  One can even point to Whitewater, as misplaced as the accusation was, fitting into the framework used by the Republicans.  I can see some Republican saying that Whitewater was something he’d have done, so the Clintons must have done it.

On the other hand, the patricians seem to limit themselves to slippery stock manipulation.  Cases in point are Bush and Frist.  I don’t remember any of the patrician Democrats being involved in money scandals.  One sees LBJ wallowing in slime, but not John Kerry.  

Just an observation.