In the Eric Metaxas book on Martin Luther, there's a passage pertaining to indulgences. Johannes Tetzel a Dominican priest was the Pope's man for the job. The parallels to today's government are revealing. Hear it states, " after all, what was good for business was good for business. The financial needs of Rome were so pressing, so urgent, and the powers that be had become so inured to this way of raising funds, or perhaps even so addicted to it, that it would take a very special person to stand athwart this juggernaut and shout, "Halt!"