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With a week to go until the Italian elections, things are getting a little odd to say the least. The somewhat scandal prone Berlusconi, who self-declared himself leading in the polls just recently, has come out swinging in defense of his fellow business leaders' ethical egressions. The Bunga party banner-man defends bribery, "These are not crimes," he notes, as The FT reports, "bribes are a phenomenon that exists and it’s useless to deny the existence of these necessary situations..."
"Bribes are a phenomenon that exists and it’s useless to deny the existence of these necessary situations"
“These are not crimes,” said Mr Berlusconi, describing payments as “commissions
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Here you go folks. Proof that people in positions of high power are disconnected from reality. They don't even understand the meaning of corruption anymore.
Berlusconi: "Bribes Are Necessary - They Are Not Crimes
Paying waitresses tips doesn't create a conflict of interest, in which the decisions they make affect millions of people.It's an absolutely horrible argument that's not even close to being worthy of any serious consideration.
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
he's right of course
we all bribe pizza delivery men, waitresses, the plow guy, and we even bribe the kids with presents and who hasn't caved in and gotten the candy at the store to quiet the kid ?
get off your high horse, everyone on this board bribes people
just in smaller amounts
Originally posted by Hefficide
Knew this couldn't be about America. Here we call it "lobbying" and not only is it legal - it's considered honorable and proper.
One day we'll cross the Rubicon into the Twilight Zone and get the disenfranchised to band together to form a lobby for the elimination of lobbying.