Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Breathless news is popping up all over about links between the "bankrupt" Enron Corp. and President George W. Bush. Go figure -- a Texas-based company made donations to native politicians. And much is being made that Enron gave twice as much to Republicans as to Democrats during the 2000 elections.

What brings this to mind is something called spin. It's a phenomenon much like the illogical concept of post hoc ergo procto hoc (if it rains when it's humid, then when its humid it must rain). It's a fact in U.S. history (and in the history of other nations) that so-called ruling parties get the lion's share. When Democrats are in power in Congress they get the most scraps and vice versa when Republicans are in control.

This is not to suggest that donors aren't trying to influence those to whom they give -- otherwise what's the point? But the key, it seems to us, as was keenly illustrated during the "Keating Five" fiasco a few years ago, is what the recipients do on behalf of the givers. …

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