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  •  Hi llywrch (2+ / 0-)
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    Deathtongue, llywrch

    We had some PDX officials go to prison for taking bribes for parking meter contracts, and state staff went up the river for taking kickbacks on prison food contracts.

    So if Oregon's so clean, I hate to think about whose dirty.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 09:55:53 PM PDT

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    •  I said I honestly couldn't remember (1+ / 0-)
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      Because I knew if I wrote "there have not been any", someone would come up with examples of corruption. And I know quite well we're not a state populated by saints & angels.

      But you're right. And once you mentioned the parking meter contract scandal, I remembered it quite well. (I don't remember the prison food one, but that's not to say or imply it didn't happen. Just that I didn't hear about it: for one reason or another -- lack of media attention,  distraction by something in my personal life -- I do miss stuff.) I suspect the reason he got caught was that he was simply too obvious & greedy. The smart ones figure out an angle that makes it hard -- if not impossible -- to get caught, & if they do, they complain that the rules are making it difficult for them to do their job effectively.

      I'm not trying to be cynical here, just realistic: there is no way to effectively end any & all corruption. The best we can hope for is to keep its corrosive effects to less than a rounding error in tallying the costs of government.

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