Bribery is not policy

Concerning the recent letter suggesting, "Maybe it is time to restore earmarks," (Nov. 7), in Congress. Perhaps people thinking about this should read the following written in 1841: "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." (Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America 1841)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (George Santayana)

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