This Nast cartoon from 1878 was a contributing factor in the fall of boss Tweed. Reading about the Chicago political machine all I can say is plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
While we talk about corruption, reading The Chicago Tribune’s articles on the corruption charges against governor Blagojevich the following paragraph caught my attention:
"In one charge related to the appointment of a senator to replace Barack Obama, prosecutors allege that Blagojevich sought appointment for himself as secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union, in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate. "
Lucrative job with a union! Why would a sociopath such as Blagojevich see money in a union job? Because like Willie Sutton said "It's where the money is."
For many of us, no fans of unions, this comes as no surprise. The leadership of major unions has become a replica of the forces the unions were formed to fight.