…doesn’t make it right. Who didn’t learn this in childhood? This was Trump’s defense of Paul Manafort’s crimes. He feels bad for him because all the lobbyists do this and he was the unfortunate one that got caught. Well, what happened to the promise to drain the swamp?
The scourge of greed is rampant in Washington, big business and the wealthy class. Financial crimes cost the American people billions of dollars every year. Dollars that are desperately needed to repair and improve infrastructure, education, and healthcare, and to support the scientific research and development needed to keep America in the forefront.
The cavalier attitude of the President to these financial crimes is not good for America. These destructive financial crimes are seemingly seen on the same level as speeding. A lot of people speed, but only a few get tickets. A lot of people are engaging in tax evasion, misuse of public funds and other financial crimes, but only a few are held accountable.
Some speeders harm others, but all financial criminals hurt others. Financial crimes cause people to lose their homes, jobs, healthcare and their opportunities, just to name a few of the atrocities created by unfettered greed.
Greed is a sickness, an addiction. There is never enough. Paul Manafort is the personification of greed addiction. He blew through 80 million dollars and borrowed 20 million more. That is more than the life’s savings of hundreds of retired middle class families. He used these millions to buy things, not to help others, not to create, not to make the world a better place, not to secure his own retirement or invest in his children’s and grandchildren’s futures.
Manafort is only one sad example of a greed addict in America. There are many, many more. They are more dangerous to our country than inner-city crime committed for survival. Big money needs to be banned from campaign finance and financial crimes must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.