For Me, But Not For Thee

Our legal system confuses me.  I still don’t understand how Martha Stewart could have been convicted for lying about insider trading, but not for insider trading.  (Moral of this story: NEVER talk to the cops).

I also don’t understand how a man can be indicted for giving illegal campaign contributions to Senator Harry Reid, but Mr. Reid isn’t indicted for receiving those illegal contributions.  (Moral of this story: get a government job).

Apparently, Reid attempted to “offset” those allegedly illegal contributions by donating them to pet causes, but so what?  I doubt the feds would give me leniency if I offset illegal gains in that manner.  I’ve been told by Twinkie that campaign finance law is byzantine, and I believe it.  But is it just me, or does it seem like our elected officials are getting free passes for things you and I would go to jail for?

About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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