Chapter Eight Page 5
American readers, now that Bennett’s flag-based speech has got you in a patriotic mood, make sure you’re registered to vote! Whatever your political persuasion, this form will get you started:
Walker: But you, sir, have not been swayed. This bill you’re pushing would be harsh. Not just for the Rabbit, but for all Beings.
Bennett: That’s right! This measure will require all Beings traveling and operating in the U.S. to be registered, and place various restrictions on their movements, as well as the actions of their Masters. That includes you, Ms. Walker, and your little tiger, too. My principles here are too strong to provide for exceptions of any kind. Even if you were to make a generous donation to my re-election fund, I wouldn’t be swayed.
Walker: I didn’t come here to bribe you, Mr. Bennett.
Bennett: Well, good!
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Because I can see how it would be tempting, considering that you have insane amounts of money, much of which is just collecting dust in off-shore tax shelters . . .
Walker: But, Congressman — I love the bill as it is!
Bennett: . . . What?
Walker: I think it’s fabulous that it’s so strict. In fact, I came down to Washington to ask in person if you’d realized how you might benefit by making it even stricter.