What Does $600,000 get you? Estonia


Or at least an ambassador position there. Ambassador positions, especially in countries that we do not care about, are typically given to big donors who want to either have a government sponsored vacation where they can break the local laws without repercussion or want to pad their resumes for a future run for office themselves. I am not outraged that Bush is playing this pay for play game but that Dave Phillips, a North Carolina businessman, had to donate $600,000 (to Republican causes) and be a chairman for "Democrats for Dole" in order to get the position.

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I wonder what I would have to donate...

to get Morocco...

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Some Democrat

Some Democrat

Some Ambassador

The truth is however, this sort of thing has gone on forever, and it doesn't just involve countries that we don't care about. In fact, it often involves countries we care very much about: ambassadorships to countries like France and Great Britain often go to people whose one distinguishing quality is that they are a big time donor to the party in power.

In the 1980's I worked at S.C. Johnson, a privately owned company owned by a family with a strong Republican streak. (Republican or not, they were a great company, and wonderful to their employees.) There was a man who worked there who enjoyed the advantage of being married to one of the primary heirs of the company.

His name was John Louis and he was handsome, charming and as useless as tits on a boar hog. One of his famous aphorisms was that he would never work on Wednesday, because to do so would ruin both of his weekends.

He was so hopelessly incompetent that the family finally put him in a position where he could do no harm. He was made Executive Vice President of the Corporate Seal. A position just as titular and unimportant as it sounds.

Eventually the family was relieved that he would no longer be serving in even this reduced capacity when it was announced that Ronald Reagan had appointed him to be ambassador to the Court of St. James... i.e. ambassador to Great Britain.

There he served harmlessly until war broke out between Great Britain and Argentina over the Faulkland Islands. Unfortunately, the beginning of that war conflicted with a vacation that John Louis had previously scheduled, and he was not inclined to reschedule that vacation for something so unpleasant as a war.

Shortly afterward he was recalled by President Reagan and spent the rest of his career protecting the corporate seal.

However, in fairness we should admit that administrations both Democrat and Republican are equally guilty of this sort of thing....

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Dang, Targator

Art Pope spent that much here in North Carolina and all he has to show for it is Hairdresser Boylan holding a useless seat in the legislature!

Hey hey hey now.....

He can get his hair styled for free at Great Clips near Harris Teeter in Aberdeen....wait. Pope doesn't need that does he?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Ouch :)



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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TarGator, Thank You!

OMG. You just helped me solve one of the greatest riddles of my entire life.

What would you do with the money if you ever actually won the lottery?

:) woohoooooo!

Do they give you a choice of countries, or do they just throw all the big donor names in a hat and have a drawing in the back room one day?

Do you have to be present to win?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Ooh me, me! Pick ME!

heh heh

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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LOL

K! :) We'll split the winnings, SD. Then you can donate a half mill, too, and get your own Ambassadorship! :)

I want one of those Pacific Island nations. Or maybe Austria or Switzerland. heh.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."