The Views of the Politician George Washington Plunkitt

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George Washington Plunkitt was a complicated politician from New York in the 1900’s. He had his own questionable way of seeing what’s right and what’s wrong. Plunkitt’s Ideas of right a wrong sometimes seemed to be off. However, some of his ideas about things that needed to be reformed were as true then as they are now. Plunkitt seemed to be a man that knew how to get what he wanted out of people with very little effort. From the perspective of an outsider this could make him hard to trust, but to people then this wasn’t a problem. One thing that made his intentions unclear is how he talks about honest graft and dishonest graft. Plunkitt describes honest graft when he says; “Ain't it perfectly honest to charge a good price and make a profit on my investment and foresight? Of course, it is.”(3) Further reading into his description of honest graft it becomes clear that his brand of graft isn’t all that honest. Plunkitt explains how honest graft is where he gets a tip on plans for an area then goes and buys the land around it to sell it at a premium when it has become more des...

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