Improper political influence over government decision-making

In lieu of the usual prolix prose, I’d like to offer any readers as yet unoffended by my irascible disposition and extremist politics the opportunity to meditate briefly on this remarkable phrase, which appeared yesterday in the LA Times.

“Improper political influence over government decision-making.”

Sometimes I worry that everyone else is perfectly normal, and it’s actually me who’s insane. But then I read the paper and I can relax again.