Lady Bird Went Shopping

I stumbled across a term I’d not heard before: “Honest graft.” (As opposed to “dishonest graft” of course.) Honest graft is, in a nutshell, not only having the right (political) connections, but being able to use them to your financial advantage. Apparently no one did honest graft


  1. ChuckEaton says:

    Never hear the term “honest graft” either, although it’s not often I’ve ever heard the word “honest” and “LBJ” mentioned in the same sentence.

    Incidentially, I’ve read Caro’s books on LBJ and he doesn’t paint a very honest picture of him.

  2. joe says:

    I went to high school in south Texas in the mid to late sixties. I remember “honest graft” refering to a politician that stayed bought.

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