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I post my sudden thoughts and second thoughts here from time to time -- usually having something to do with Philadelphia and governmental accountability, but occaisionally on something more (or less) interesting. Check out my Recent Writing for issues of the day and take a look at some more in-depth writing in Brett's Books. Or, view the Bulldog Budget, which represents a wonderfully visual way to conceive and account for how our government works (or doesn't work) for us.

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When Is A Bribe Not A Bribe?

When is a bribe not a bribe?  Or when is a bribe not a crime?  In this political town, where everyone is connected and where everyone is going along to get along, these distinctions are not just matters of law.  They are questions that address primal forces of the nature in Philadelphia.

The recent run of local corruption investigations has been notable not just because they have resulted in jail time for prominent political actors.  They are perhaps most intriguing because many of the cases center around interactions that have been considered politics as usual in a town that has long had engraved on its municipal tombstone, the cruelly accurate epitaph, "Corrupt and Contented."