From Casey Anthony to Wall Street: Crime Pays

Soon Casey Anthony will be a wealthy woman while her child, with her mouth and nose closed shut by duct tape, her body stuffed in a bag with vermin eating at her corpse, rests in peace, in heaven, with God.

Once again, crime pays. Nobody will be punished for the death of this child. But who was punished for their role in the scandals on Wall Street? Who will go to jail for them? Who was punished for committing what is now agreed was illegal torture? Who will go to jail for that? I could go on. You get the idea.

One of the great sources of outrage in our age is that again and again, crime pays. The victims, from young girls who die while vermin eat their corpse to embezzled investors who lose their money, from tortured prisoners to jobless workers to homeless victims of mortgage fraud, pay the price. While those who committed the crimes go free, and often reap vast wealth for their crimes.

The great scandal of our age is that there are so many scandals, yet so many of the guilty prosper from them. Some end up dead, or homeless, or jobless, while those who made them so vacation in their yachts, eating splendid meals in exotic places and living lives of luxury rather than being where they belong: behind bars.

Casey Anthony will write her book and get her movie deal, just like those who caused the great financial crisis of our generation made millions of dollars from their wrongdoing and their failures. then escaped from any punishment, then reaped great bonuses for their deeds. One of the Bush lawyers who twisted the law to justify torture was even rewarded with a high-level judgeship.

I guess the lesson is that if you can stuff a dead child in a bag, lie about it repeatedly, hide the body long enough to destroy the evidence, you get the big book deal and movie bonanza. Just like so many on Wall Street who caused the greatest crash since the Depression make millions off the deal while Republicans call this capitalism, and far too many Democrats look the other way between campaign fundraisers.

Crime pays.

It is a damn shame.

Sometimes I tremble for my country, because if history teaches us anything, there is a very hard day of reckoning that is still to come.

The Hill

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Brent Budowsky
Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left government in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management.

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