Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

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Submitted: January 04, 2012

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Honest/ Dishonest Grafts

Explain honest and dishonest graft uses of the past and the present. When Plunkitt was tipped off about something in the city or someone wanting to build a park or something, he saw the opportunity and he took it. He bought up the land before they did (Riordon, 49). When they saw that they were going to need the land, he sold it to them at a much higher price than what he paid for it, giving him a nice profit (Riordon, 50). That is honest graft. Several politicians were accused of stealing dollars from the state's treasury; that was an example of dishonest graft.
The condemnation commissioners came along and found piece after piece of land under the name George Plunkitt of the Fifteenth Assembly District, New York City. They wondered how he knew just what to buy. Plunkitt saw the opportunity and he took it. This often occurred to him as he pointed out in chapter one. He saw what he wanted and assumed it would be needed to be used for the public later on and it was (Riordon, 50). He made more money every day he claimed.

However, he did describe how some politicians used dishonest grafts. This included gambling, blackmailing and such. They gained from such un-orderly affairs. Plunkitt said none of the men whom have made big fortunes had indulged in these things (Riordon, 49). Apparently people believed Tammany Hall involved dishonest graft in 1901, according to Plunkitt (Riordon, 51). They could not figure out the difference between honest and dishonest grafts. They just assumed because Tammany was getting richer they were using dishonest grafts to gain. As Plunkitt pointed out, if honest graft surrounds them, then why would they use dishonest graft? He just happened to be a man who used honest graft and made a good profit from his investments (Riordon, 51).

This honest/dishonest graft process is used today. People in today's society use honest graft to give themselves the opportunity to make a profit. Just like Plunkitt, they might invest in some land and later on down the road the public wants to build something there. However, they cannot because it belongs to someone. Therefore, that person sells it for more than they paid and make a profit. Dishonest graft is used as well. People today gamble for many things, most commonly money, among other items. Blackmailing is another way people gain from others.

As you can see the honest/ dishonest graft described in this book is still used today, as it was in the past. It is used everywhere such as politics, businesses, etc. It may even determine your reputation in some way or another.  It is true you gain from either way yet, they are entirely different. As Plunkitt said, there was all the difference in the world between the two (Riordon, 49).  




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