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a reason why the public distrusts politicians...(6 posts)

a reason why the public distrusts politicians...ClydeTri
Oct 9, 2003 5:02 AM
I know, there are thousands of reasons, but apparently Wesley Clark is going to be allowed to give back the money in question and nothing will be done.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A1417-2003Oct9?language=printer

This is another case of politicans protecting their own, notice I did not say democrat or republican. Since when is ignorance an excuse when violating the law? If he violated the law, he should be fined or whatever the statue calls for, if he didnt, he shouldnt have to give back the money.
If a person steals from a bank, do they have the option of just giving the money back and all is forgotten? no.
not quite the sameDougSloan
Oct 9, 2003 6:34 AM
I assume there was a determination that he did not intentionally violate the law. These types of laws can be hard to understand, with many ambiguities. It's not like stealing from a bank, in which there is absolutely no ambiguity. It's very common. Actually, returning money may be expressly provided for in the law (I don't know), and in any event prosecutorial discretion is always a possibility.

Doug
psDougSloan
Oct 9, 2003 6:36 AM
There are plenty of other reasons to distrust politicians, and that is nothing new. That sentiment probably originated with the first cave men leaders.

Doug
How about this?Spoke Wrench
Oct 9, 2003 7:13 AM
About 20 years ago, we had a referrendum in Missouri in which the majority voted to continue to outlaw most Sunday sales. Within 2 years, our elected politicians overturned the referrendum.

Around 10 years ago, we had a referrendum in which the majority voted to continue to outlaw casino gambling. Within 2 years we had gambling boats and now we have what must be the ultimate in silliness "boats in moats."

About 2 years ago, we had a referrendum in which the majority voted to continue to outlaw carrying concealed firearms. This year, our legislature voted the other way.
sucksDougSloan
Oct 9, 2003 7:28 AM
Yes, that sucks. Only way around it is to amend the state Constitution each time. Legislature can't undo that.

Doug
It's like lying about sex.MR_GRUMPY
Oct 9, 2003 7:15 AM
In divorce cases, spouses often lie about having sex with other people. It's not very often that people are procecuted for the crime. ( Lying, not sex )