This Monday, I’ll take part in the taping for the show Conversations Across Time, http://www.conversationsacrosstime.com/, broadcast over PhillyCAM (Verizon channel 29, Comcast channel 66), where we discuss the scandals currently going on in Washington; I will play Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, who was the front man for the Teapot Dome scandal, who put in place the crooks in his cabinet who carried out the sale of the nation’s natural resources and line their pockets in the process.
For research I borrowed from the Free Library of Philadelphia (http://freelibrary.org/) a book, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought The Harding White House And Tried To Steal The Country, by Laton McCartney. It’s a great history of how deep the connections have long been between the corporate world and the political elite in this country. Oil companies, and corporations in general, have bought and sold politicians in Washington for centuries, and we the people do not at all benefit from it, “free enterprise” myths and the ravings of Ayn Rand notwithstanding. After I get done with it, please look it up.