"Hello, you've reached the White House..."
"Ah yes, who can I speak to about purchasing a Congressman?"
"Sir that would hardly be legal!"
"But I'm a citizen!"
"Oh, I'm sorry sir. And which Congressman were you interested in?"
"Um I'm really not sure... You see it's actually a gift."
"Oh how thoughtful!"
"Yes I wanted to get something different for my girlfriend..."
"That is very sweet sir, but I'm afraid that Congressmen are fairly expensive."
"Oh; and Senators?"
"Even more sir. However, buying a Congressman's vote on a single issue is much more affordable."
"Yes sir. Does your girlfriend have any particular interests?"
"Well, she's big on dolphins and those things..."
"Well you could buy a Congressman's vote on deep sea fishing rights, then! Those bills that are trying to preserve the dolphins!"
"How much would that be?"
"About fifty thousand for a Democrat and 200 thousand for a Republican."
"Wow! Why the big difference?"
"It costs much more if they have to vote for something which is against their party platform. If you'd wanted to buy a vote on say... burning the homeless, it would be the other way around."
"Oh I see!"
"But sir, if you really want to get her something very special..."
"You could get her a Presidential vote!"
"Wow! He's for sale too?"
"They're all for sale sir, the best government money can buy!" .
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