It's admittedly hard to tell from the headlines, especially out of Albany, but political corruption of the cash-in-envelope variety is rare, probably rarer today than at any time in American history. My plea is simply this: Leave some room for trust.
It is true that the members of the New York Police Department are underpaid and under-appreciated. But since when do we honor people for being decent human beings? Although noble, I find this very troubling.
Democrats aren't innocent victims. They abused the filibuster too. And Republicans like John McCain used to have enough clout to tamp down the excesses. No more. We're headed to democracy by gladiator, where we all watch to see who gets killed and who gets to fight another day.
In comes Paul Krugman of the New York Times. Almost single-handedly he has made the case for stimulus and investment, and disemboweled the idea that spending cuts will get us out of this long, slow glide to economic oblivion.
Do you think there's a celebrity somewhere who'd be interested in taking on legislative redistricting? I know it's quite a lift. But if there was ever a good cause that needed some glamour, this is it.