So one of the things I always liked best about Star Trek was how human civilization had progressed past the need for money.  Things just got done, and no filthy lucre changed hands.

Now, when I see things like this, I wonder if we’ll ever really get there:

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges on Tuesday and agreed to help U.S. prosecutors in a corruption probe that could involve several top Republican congressmen, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

According to the charges, Abramoff and former DeLay aide Michael Scanlon overbilled several Indian tribes by millions of dollars and used that money to shower golf trips, sports tickets, lavish dinners and other favors on lawmakers. They also kept much of that money for themselves.


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