Sudden outbreak of Financial Sanity at NYT 🔗 1440925905
A call to end the bunga, for all the right reasons.
I think a really important point here is that power amplifies the person. It gives already existing personality dispositions and tendencies a louder voice, and increases the chances that these tendencies will be given fuller expression.Most people don't live by a logically consistent framework, or even contemplate what it means to not be corrupt, much less what it takes to be a 'good person'. Power merely amplifies your flaws here. A good pair of examples of this is Lincoln and Ron Paul. Just look at both their records in the Senate: Lincoln supported the same crony BS he put into 'maximum go' as president. Ron Paul, in contrast, was Dr. No.
So in a nutshell, the US is going to pay Putin in order to ensure that it can continue to pay Putin.