Monday, February 1, 2016

As the next phase of the electoral process begins ...

"Few men [or women] have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
~ George Washington

Traffic warden #27: "What's your game, Mister"
Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE: [riffling a wad of bills under the warden's nose, to persuade him to eat a parking ticket] "Grand is the name, and, uh - money is the game. Would you care to play?"
~ Scene from the 1969 movie The Magic Christian

1 comment:

Thomas Withers said...

Two points:

1) The quote from Washington smacks of internet origin. I can, however, think of at least one context in which it might have been uttered. Further information on the attribution?

2) The post reminds me of a story I heard as a young man. [And yes, I was once a young man.]

A wealthy industrialist was at a cocktail party and engaged a lovely young woman in conversation. She proved to be witty as well as beautiful and their conversation wandered widely over a variety of topics.

Finally he said to her, "I am a very wealthy man, as you must know. And you are a vibrant young woman. Say, just for the sake of argument, I were to offer you a billion dollars to have sex with me tonight. What would you say."

She laughed lightly, laid her hand on his arm and said, "For a billion dollars, sure!"

He paused and looked at her. "Would you have sex with me for fifty dollars?"

She drew back and flushed. "Just what kind of woman do you think I am?"

"Oh," he said smoothly, "we have already established that. Now we are just haggling."