I was amused by a reader's response to my post on how Gov. Matt Blunt had accepted a number of gifts from lobbyists at the same time as he was declaring such gifts off-limits to all employees of the governor's office.
The reader wrote, "Are you serious? A $22.00 lunch. Alert CNN, Fox News, all the major networks..and of course The Carthage Press. The public cannot sit around an do nothing about this. Let's call for immediate hearing on Capitol Hill to get to the bottom of this."
Apparently, the reader fails to recognize the hypocrisy in this situation. What the governor is doing is telling his employees it is wrong for them to take any gifts, but it is all right for him to do so. Even worse, the governor continues to have his policy publicized in his news releases, while he violates it. He is telling Missourians that one gift, even a $22 lunch, for any of his employees is wrong because they need to be above reproach. But it is okay for the governor to accept a gift because everyone knows he cannot be bought by anything as paltry as a $22 lunch.
It reminds me of the story of the man who sees a beautiful woman and asks her if she would sleep with him for one million dollars. She says, "Sure," so he asks, "Would you sleep with me for $10?"
Indignantly, she replies, "Of course not. What kind of a woman do you think I am?"
"We've already established that. Now I'm trying to negotiate the price."