Friday, June 22, 2012

What is the purpose of government regulations?

Mayor David Silva and two city Councilman, Osvaldo Conde and Angel Perales, of the City of Cudahy, California, were arrested today and charged with soliciting bribes "in exchange for their support of a permit for a medical marijuana dispensary."

To answer the question in the title, the purpose of regulations is to enrich government officials.

Neither the Public Radio (KPCC) story on this nor the LA Times story on this mention the party affiliation of those arrested.  BestPlaces, however, reports that Democrats outnumber Republicans in Cudahy by 69% to 29%.  File this under "name that party."

RELATED: The Washington Examiner reported last month on another case of purchasing influence.  This one was about a Democrat fundraiser indicted in Connecticut:
Robert Braddock, Jr., finance director for the leading Democrat in Connecticut's 5th congressional district primary, was indicted by the Department of Justice for conspiracy charges relating to campaign donations allegedly designed to influence legislation in the general assembly.

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