Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
-from Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College"
Power and Money
I've been reading a lot of blog posts about Abramoff in the past few days. I've read some of the wingers, whose main thrust is "dems did it, too!", and I've been reading a lot of different takes from some of my favorite bloggers (Driftglass had a brilliant take, IMO), and my own opinion is that it doesn't matter how much money the corrupt politicians give back, because it doesn't address the two-headed beast of power and money, which inevitably leads to corruption.