Fans of sixties-era Superman comics, seventies-era Superfriends cartoons, and nineties-era Seinfeld episodes will remember Bizarro World, the strange cube-shaped planet where things are done the opposite of what one might think makes sense. The planet is ruled by the "Bizarro Code," which states "Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!"
So what has me strolling down corny pop-culture lane for this blog post? The Brennan Center, and their Bizarro World perspective on so-called "pay to play" laws that prevent anyone who contributes to candidates from receiving government contracts. More specifically, Brennan’s recent criticism of the Senate confirmation of Ray LaHood, former Illinois Congressman and now Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration.
From their release:
Roads and bridges… and the lucrative contracts for their construction-are the stock-in-trade of pay-to-play politics… By softballing LaHood’s confirmation hearings, the Senate missed the opportunity to exact guarantees that the pay-to-play culture of Bush’s Transportation Department and LaHood’s home state of Illinois won’t make inroads into the Obama Administration…