Following a fine Clintonian tradition, Shrub is handing out pardons to those who have paid the piper. It now evidently costs around half a million to obtain a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card:
One of those pardoned, Wendy St. Charles, is a lawyer for a Denver homebuilder, MDC Holdings, parent of Richmond American Homes, The Denver Post reported. St. Charles was convicted on drug charges in 1984 and sentenced to four years in prison. MDC's chairman, Larry Mizel, has contributed more than half a million dollars to Republican campaigns along with his wife, Carol, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The ability of the president to pardon people strikes me as an anachronistic practice from the divine right of kings. I say we do away with it. Either that or we should all get the right to grant clemency to a dozen or so people during our lives.