Saturday, June 23, 2007

A Day in the Life of Mose Jefferson

This week, news of another Jefferson family bribe surfaced, this time involving Orleans Parish School Board member Ellenese Brooks-Simms' guilty plea to charges that she accepted more than $100,000 in bribes from Mose Jefferson, indicted Congressman Bill Jefferson's brother, in exchange for supporting a multi-million dollar contract for math improvement software. It makes you wonder what Mose does with himself all day. Bill has a job in Congress and sometimes is distracted from all the bribes by official business, fundraisers, rubber chicken dinners and the like, and he probably can't accept suitcases of illegal cash when he has to be in the Capitol itself. Moses, on the other hand, seems to be free to conduct his bribes full time, all day every day. I wonder how he divides his time. He has to service existing bribes. Then there's that delightful Jefferson family tradition of increasing their take every year. If the Jeffersons land you a prime government contract, they may only force you to pay 10% of your profits to one of their family businesses during the first year, but you know the percentage is going to go up every year, and someone has to negotiate those increases. Then, like any business, he has to solicit new bribes - can't exactly run a commercial on tv for that. Mose probably leads a very busy life servicing existing bribes, increasing the family's take on existing bribes and soliciting new bribes.

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