Posted by: thescoundrel | December 16, 2008

Rod Blagojevich’s Pay-to-Play Game is Politics as Usual


The Late Illinois Secretary of State – Paul Powell was quoted:

“There’s only one thing worse than a defeated politician, and that’s a broke one.”


It is not often you read anything I post where I would agree with something former Illinois Senator Don Wooten has said. It does happen, but it is a rarity. I do agree with his statement about the current political scandal surrounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich  in his writings on QCOnline where he says: “Pay-to-Play is an Age Old Illinois Political Game”. I do not agree with his claim that despite the nasty impression of politicians given by the current Governor Rod Blagojevich scandal, that there are some “straight arrows” left in politics. I do not believe there have been any “straight arrows” in politics, at any state or federal level, during my 29+ years on this planet! It is not in the nature of the business. The only groups of politicians where you might still find some straight arrows are at the lower levels of local politics, where they have not yet been absorbed into the Black Abyss of State and Federal politics. I will offer Wooten this olive-branch – I will agree that some of the “crooked arrows” in politics are probably not as bent as others. Politics is and has been, since long before my lifetime ever started, a game of collecting and redistributing enough money to stay in power while stashing away enough shoebox legal tender to live comfortably. That also includes appeasing constituents by telling them what you think they want to hear and directing state and federal focus funds in a manner that will get you reelected.


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  1. Over on the Mike Felten Landfill Records site are the Steve Goodman lyrics of the Paul Powell Song.

    PAUL POWELL (by STEVE GOODMAN)

    PAUL POWELL WENT TO SPRINGFIELD WHEN HE WAS JUST A BOY
    HE WAS SWORN TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
    HE WAS SWORN TO SERVE ‘EM YOUNG HE WAS SWORN TO SERVE ‘EM OLD
    BUT HE JUST SERVED UP BULLSHIT AND HE KEPT ALL THE GOLD

    (CHORUS)
    YOU’RE A THIEF YOU’RE A BUM
    WHERE’S THE MONEY AND HOW COME
    YOU LIED TO ALL THE PEOPLE MR. POWELL

    FOR YEARS THERE HE ENCHANTED US AND WE GAVE HIM THE VOTES
    AND THE ONES WE DIDN’T GIVE HE BOUGHT WITH HUNDRED DOLLAR NOTES
    HE TOLD US WHAT WE LIKED TO HEAR AND DID A TWO TIME DANCE
    AND KEPT US IN THE POCKET OF HIS GREASY GRIMEY PANTS (CHORUS)

    HE GOT ELECTED SECRETARY OF STATE AND THAT GAVE HIM CONTROL
    OF EVERYTHING YOU NEED A PERMIT FOR AND THOSE HE PROMPTLY SOLD
    TO FINANCE HIS CAMPAIGNS AND OTHER SUNDRY NEEDS
    THE REST HE SHOVE IN A SHOEBOX IN THE CLOSET WITH HIS TWEEDS (CHORUS)

    THEY SAY YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU BUT OLD PAUL POWELL HE TRIED
    BUT HIS SECRETARY FUMBLED THE BALL ON THE NIGHT THE OLD MAN DIED
    THE NEWSPAPER AND RADIO GAVE US THE AWFUL NEWS
    HOW THE OLD FART HAD PICKED US CLEAN OF EVERYTHING WE’D LET LOOSE (CHORUS)

    PAUL POWELL WAS LAID TO REST IN A CASKET LINED WITH GOLD
    BUT HIS GHOST LIVES ON IN OTHER THIEVES OR SO I’VE BEEN TOLD
    AND THERE’S CROOKS IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE AND THIS I KNOW IS TRUE
    BUT THE BIGGEST BUMS ARE SOME OF THE ONES WE GIVE OUR POWER TO (CHORUS)

    IN THE HISTORY OF ILLINOIS THERE’S LOTS OF MIGHTY MEN
    ALTGELD AND ABE LINCOLN CAPONE AND SOME OF THEM
    AND I KNOW TO SLUR A DEAD MAN’S NAME IS A TERRIBLE DISGRACE
    SO I WISH HE WAS ALIVE TODAY SO I COULD TELL HIS TO HIS FACE (CHORUS)

    (CHORUS CODA) YOU BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST
    AND I HOPE THAT COFFIN RUSTS
    AND YOU DON’T COME AROUND TO ROB US ANY MORE


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