The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Yeah, I know. No one cares.

I don't think I've ever linked to the Politico before, but this is a mighty disturbing story:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.

Again, I'm reminded of the book The Authoritarians book I brought up a couple of weeks ago, and the author's observation that authoritarian leaders have the attitude that if they manage to rob you blind, it's your fault. Or as Matt Groenig put it in his pre-Simpsons days, it's the philosophy "When I bite into the apple, the worm better watch out for itself."