Is Texas to Blame?

What is it about Texas politicians and greed? First there was the furor over John Tower's defense contracting, and now the Jim Wright scandal. Hark back to John Connally's tangled legal history, and recall the get-rich-on-the-public- payroll legacy of Lyndon Johnson. On the national stage, those Texans who have avoided this moral indictment seem to be those who were born rich, like George Bush or Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

How beguiling it is to blame what might be called "Lone Star ethics" -- the symbiotic relationship between the freewheeling Texas business establishment and the state's political leadership that has created an environment...

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