Rod Blagojevich enters federal prison

Posted by    |    March 16th, 2012 at 6:45 am

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich makes a statement to reporters outside his Chicago home one day before reporting to federal prison in Colorado to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption as his wife Patti wipes away tears, March 14, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes)Rod Blagojevich is now Inmate No. 40892-424.  The former Illinois governor joins Jeff Skilling, former CEO and president of Enron, as prisoners of the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Colorado.  Blagojevich will work a menial job, possibly cleaning bathrooms or doing landscape work.  His starting salary: 12 cents an hour.

Contrast his story with J. K. Rowling, another celebrity in today’s news.  The Harry Potter author has fallen from the ranks of the world’s billionaires due to her personal benevolence.  While taxes in Great Britain contributed to her reduced fortune, the larger reason for her diminished wealth is that she gave away more than $160 million last year.  The former single mother on welfare has a special passion for other single mothers and created a foundation on their behalf.