So to speak, in the Spitzer probe, as described by The New York Times just now, which noted that IRS investigators conducting a routine examination of suspicious financial transactions reported to them by banks "found several unusual movements of cash involving the governor of New York, several officials said. ...The money ended up in the bank accounts of what appeared to be shell companies, corporations that essentially had no real business. The transactions, officials said, suggested possible financial crimes — maybe bribery, political corruption, or something inappropriate involving campaign finance. Prostitution, they said, was the furthest thing from the minds of the investigators. ...

"Because the focus was a high-ranking government official, prosecutors were required to seek the approval of the United States attorney general to proceed. Once they secured that permission, the investigation moved forward.

"At the outset, one official said, it seemed like a bread-and-butter inquiry into political corruption, the kind of case the F.B.I. squad, known internally by the designation C14, frequently pursues. But before long, the investigators learned that the money was being moved to pay for sex and that the transactions were being manipulated to conceal Mr. Spitzer's connection to payments for meetings with prostitutes, the official said."

RLCC: "Revelations Began in Routine Tax Inquiry," by WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM. The New York Times. Published: March 11, 2008.

Eliot Spitzer has admitted his wrong-doing.

People have just got to stop leading double lives not for fear of getting caught and ruined or at least damaged thereby preventing them from rising but rather because unfaithfulness really does carry over into all aspects of the life of the soul and of souls. It ripples out just undermining all the good that could otherwise result.

Eliot Spitzer was a prosecutor, an accuser, a punisher. Coercion was his stock and trade.

Whether Democrat, Republican, preacher, or atheist, the mainstream is a mess. The system and culture are irrevocably broken. We all need to come together under the new spirit Jesus is still teaching. It's the only way. Coercion doesn't work. It's hardhearted and hypocritical, hence Spitzer's further fall.

The only reason this happened was on account of Eliot's not overcoming his selfish, fallen, harmful urges. If you don't think it's harmful, you aren't thinking about all the families involved. People have been hurt by this. Pray that they don't harden.

Originally from Pressing Issues on March 10, 2008, 9:13pm

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