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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Cost of few extra bucks can be high price to pay

By Paul O'Connor
Winston-Salem Journal

My mother, always the pragmatist, looked at the bottom line when she tried to teach me right from wrong.

"Paul," she said, exhibiting the family's trademark sarcasm, "if you're going to steal something, make it worth it all the time you're going to spend in jail."

Her advice is apropos to the current scandals in the state House, and to the other guilty pleas and verdicts legislators have drawn during the 28 years I've covered the General Assembly. Of the legislators who have broken the law, you have to ask, was it worth it?


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