posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 01:14 AM
Politics is fascinating however when special interest groups are allowed to influence the actions of a capitalistic society it sure seems to turn
evil. It distorts all that America the United States was initially founded to stand for.
Our forefathers must be rolling in their graves. And Eisenhower must be shaking his head at the idea that no one listened.
Briody: I think that our politicians should not be penalized for being public servants. They go into office, they serve us well, and when they leave
office, they should be able to enter private enterprise just like anybody else. They are citizens now, this a capitalistic society and they can trade
on their expertise… In the case of Carlyle this has been blown out of proportion. When you are talking about an ex-president whose son is the current
president, whom he still advises on foreign policy, working for a defense contractor at a time of war, at the time of a very unpopular war that his
son pushed very hard and made happen - that's a major, major conflict of interest. That is something that is not illegal but it is something that is
unprecedented and it is something that George H. W. Bush should clearly see as undermining the credibility of his son as president, and certainly
tarnishing his own reputation in the process.