Friday, April 27, 2012

What Constitutes A Bribe?

Ron Angle continues to try to work things - his way...and his timing. Even when he appears to be attempting to do the right thing...he does or says the wrong thing.

The ET reported on April 23, 2012, that Mr. Angle was asked by Bangor Area School Board member Micheal Gofredo to assist financially with the cost involved relative to the implementation of a DRUG testing policy - Angle responds:

"If you vote right here tonight, I will write you the first $5,000 right now," Angle said. "You're right. I should put my money where my mouth is and I will do that right now."

Do you see the problem here? If Angle is sincere - he would say something like: Okay, here's a check for $5,000.00, let me know if I can be of further service. But instead he says: "If you vote right here tonight, I will write you the first $5,000 right now," - in this comment, in order to get his way, we hear him say - you have to do it now...or NO DICE.

This in our opinion, has been Mr. Angles life long problem - he seems to believe that as long as he throws money at an issue, he can dictate and effect the direction of the any matter, or anyone.

One would think that he would have learned by now...but it surely appears he hasn't learned a thing. We hope Mr. Angle can understand that this article is not intended as a personal attack...but an eye opening lesson - to help him see that his behavior in this instance can actually appear to be a bribe.

Wikipedia says the following relative to Bribery:
"Bribery, is an act of implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.[1]"

Needless to say, the intelligent and professional Bangor School Board was not going to be suckered into a scandal...and chose to decline Angles apparent boodle, seeking instead to continue their due diligence.

The motto here for the ousted councilman is: Before you put your money where your mouth is - remove foot!


  1. Who in the world keeps $5,000 immediately available in a CHECKING ACCOUNT?


  2. Have to agree. Angle just doesn't get it. He sees himself as special because he can, as her sees it, "buy and sell you".

    He is a bully with a checkbook and he uses it like a club or a carrot to get this way.

    Frankly, the whole alliance of Ron Angle, Bernie O'Hare and John Stoffa is not that unusual. They are three peas in a pod and not only has Northampton county suffered greatly from it but so has the entire area.

  3. What constitutes a bribe? Paying union dues?

  4. anon 8:27, I was going to reply to your comment but then I realized it makes no sense. The sad thing is politicians like Angle and Stoffa have fostered this smoke screen of hate between people who work in the public sector and people who work in the private sector. The key word is they both work.

    Angle, Stoffa and O'hare can't stand on the merits of their arguments so they create friction and divisiveness to slid through their lousy policies.

    Mr. Angle is an example to all for what a public servant is not. I would take 100 union dues paying employees both public and private over one Ron Angle.

  5. 8:27 How stupid can anyone be to beleive that paying dues is a bribe. That is just plain stupidity!

  6. What constitutes a bribe? Anything with Ron Angle?