Saturday, May 09, 2015

PAYOLA - 1960 or PAYOLA - 2015


2015 - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/12/1363990/-Big-Oil-Gave-250-000-to-Each-Senator-who-Voted-for-Keystone-XL
It's been 55 years since the music/radio "Tin Pan Alley" payola scandal.  I can't remember when it was that I stopped listening to pop music, but I know that it was sometime in the 1950's.  I do remember "Payola" from the news, though.
Yesterday I was driving up the highway when I thought of it as a random invasion of my brain.  I was thinking of it as such small potatoes compared to the bribes that are paid to the members of congress, and yet they are not thrown in jail for accepting money to satisfy special interests.  The list seems to be endless.  Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Banking, Big Mining, Big Comm, Big Insurance, Big Investing, Big Arms, Big Contractors, etc.
I said it before, I repeat, 
"The United States has the most highly sophisticated legal bribery system of government in the entire world."

"That's one helluva way to run a railroad," as the old saying goes.