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[snip] The political scientist as enabler. A recent panel of journalists and politicos discussed the spring state legislative session at the Union League Club, at 65 W. Jackson, without once mentioning corruption. An audience member asked why. According to David Morrison, blogging at ilcampaign.org, "moderator and Roosevelt University professor Paul Green . . . responded that ethics is not worth discussing because 'nobody is opposed to ethics. No candidate is pro-crime.'" That might be a matter of opinion: Morrison links to Republicans' and Democrats' eloquent excuses for why they haven't passed tougher ethics bills.

[snip] Affirmative action for white people. Social Security, the GI Bill, and other social programs of the New Deal and Fair Deal "transferred more than $100 billion to create a modern middle class during the first decade after the Second World War," writes historian Ira Katznelson in the newsletter "Poverty & Race." They "massively advantaged American whites while often excluding African Americans." By comparison, "the black affirmative action programs instituted since 1965 in fact were paltry in their scope and scale."

[snip] "Where is the investment money, now that our area has been safe for months?" an Iraqi general asks, meeting with American military personnel and journalist Robert Kaplan. Kaplan writes in the Atlantic, "The American soldiers had no answer. They were as frustrated as the Iraqis. . . . The soldiers admitted that while they had the money to lay gravel on a particular road, they lacked the funds to pave it, even though all agreed that graveled roads offered easy concealment for IEDs. It was surreal. The stability of Iraq will likely determine history's judgment on President George W. Bush. And yet even in a newly secured area like this one, the administration has provided little money for the one factor essential to that stability: jobs."

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