Inside the head of "Fixer" Michael Cohen may be the old-line mindset of a political boss.
The ethos back then was: You can't fight City Hall.
That was true, at least in the 40s and 50s. Instead of pushing for reform, residents got down cold how to gain access to City Hall.
That was necessary for survival. Your cousin from Italy didn't get a job and your street didn't get plowed without the nod from someone who knew someone in City Hall.
The Favor Bank was how transactions were conducted. You have Grandma admitted to X nursing home in exchange for bringing 10 neighbors to ABC's campaign rally. Never did anyone allow the withdrawals to exceed deposits.
The system was oppressive. There was no way around it but out. And that I accomplished by winning a scholarship to an out-of-state college. So did many others of my generation. We were convinced of a meritocracy, that is, getting what we wanted based on our talents and drive.
Of course, we were naïve. Man is a political animal.
But mostly we got to live our little lives according to our own custom-made value systems. That doesn't seem to be an objective for those on Cohen's network. One wonders: Are they stunted emotionally, just like the players in the Hague Machine? My immigrant family were emotionally about age eight.
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