I have to recommend the editorial about the Abramoff mess by former congressman J.C. Watts in the Las Vegas Review-Journal from yesterday.
Mr. Watts sums up the issue quite well:
"Lobbying reform is a nice concept. But common sense dictates that it doesn't matter what the law is, if people don't have ethics enough to obey rules. You can have all the laws on the books you need, and it won't change bad people from doing bad things. When arrogance and greed kick in, smarts take a holiday. The problem is not that we don't have rules, it's that we have thugs who ignore the rules because of greed."