Think Tank Corruption

I was disturbed by the long article that ran on the front page of the NYT on August 8 regarding the transfromation of the Brookings Institution from a think tank to a lobbying organziation. It seemed like the icing on the cake of corruption in Washington. In the old days, when a congressman, senator, or high ranking career government bureaucrat resigned, they often went into academia or to a think tank like Brookings. But starting a generation or longer ago, they started going into lobbying, usually using their influence in the very areas that they deal with while they were in government. The revolving door has been spinning faster and faster, and now Brookings has joined in. Washington has sold its integrity for money. Men and women who should be concerned about the fate of their country now sell themselves to the highest bidder, and Brookings has put on its hot pants and joined the other hookers on the street corner. If what it is doing is not be illegal, ir is certainly unethical. It has sullied its reputation.

I was initailly concerned that Jews had taken over Brookings and had brought low class ethincs with them. The photographs on the inside pages of the story were of Martin Indyk, Henry Kravis, and Marek Goodman, all Jews. The article focussed on what Brookings was doing to promote the business of Lennar Homes. The main Lennar contact in the article is Kofi Bonner, who is Ghanan, not Jewish.

The other think tank mentioned at length in the article is the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The article raises questions about its connections with and possible lobbying for General Atomic and Huntington Ingalls. General Atomic builds drones, and Huntington Ingalls builds ships for the Navy. I didn’t see any Jewish connection there. It just seemed like more of the old-boy, revolving door network of former regulators or purchasers now on the other side, helping sell to their old colleagues.

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