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October 19, 2013

As Time Goes By: Scruples in short supply among lawmakers


Much to most students’ surprise there is an agricultural component to their SCRUPLES degree. It consists of practical experience in both a dairy and horse farm, shoveling in one place and mucking stalls in the other.

This is critical for someone desiring a career as a politician because they need to be able to move manure from one place to another without raising a stink.

This can be quite difficult in the case of farmers using a liquid slurry system. Under these conditions, it is always wise for the politician to stand downwind from any crowed of constituents.

Graduation from SCRUPLES is quite an event and can be accomplished in either a two- or four-year stint, depending upon time served and sentencing agreements. Saying that you have spent time at the “big house” does bring a certain degree of recognition, since so many politicians today are headed there.

As the guest speaker at graduation this year, Sen. Foghorn Leghorn (R-D) said that having great power requires great responsibilities and that nothing corrupts like absolute power and he claimed that he ought to know.

He praised SCRUPLES College for being on the cutting edge of politics because he said that politics is no place for a rooster who acts like a donkey. (Or words to that effect.)

As time goes by, we discover that things seem to remain the same. We need new blood, new ideas and some scruples in elective office today.

I’m not running because I can’t walk.

Henry Geerken is a three-time NYSUT award-winner writing humorous articles addressing retiree and senior citizen concerns. Geerken also writes for Sail-World, World Cruising Newsletter, regarding his many humorous sailing episodes through the years. He can be reached by email at ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at

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