Johann Wagener 9-29-13
Gentle Homicide? Casual Suicide? In psychology they call this kind of crazy-making, "magical thinking" which entails distorting (or tweaking) reality just enough to make it fit comfortably into the world as you see, or want it, to be.
In this case we're talking about lobbying ala US style. Lobbying in and of itself is not the problem. All that entails is someone(s) petitioning their elected representatives to promote their cause, build a bridge, stop a Walmart coming to town, make it legal to own a pig, blah, blah, blah.
That's not the way it works here. In the US lobbying politicians involves "payola" and lot's of it. The more money you can throw at the politicians, the more likely your favor(s) will be granted. In the real world they call this "bribery" paying someone for favors, plain and simple.
"You're going to hear about things that should be a crime, but they were not. KevinRing played by the rules."
Some legal observers agree that no matter how unseemly gratuities might appear, it's not against the law to give, just to accept.
If I were to apply this magical thinking to the next time a cop want's to write me a ticket and I pull out a $20 to ask a "favor" they would be committing the crime if they took the $20 while I would not? How does that work with a hooker and the John? What's blatantly obvious here is that no one want's to discourage bribing by making it illegal. They just want to make it appear as if only dishonest politicians would accept them. As if there is such a thing as an "honest" politician.