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  •  "U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption" (14+ / 0-)
    "The United States has dropped out of the "top 20" in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday."

    "The United States fell to 22nd from 19th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 7.1 from 7.5 in the 178-nation index, which is based on independent surveys on corruption.

    This was the lowest score awarded to the United States in the index's 15-year history and also the first time it had fallen out of the top 20.

    In the Americas, this put the United States behind Canada in sixth place, Barbados at 17th and Chile in 21st place."

    •  it's not corruption if it's legal (13+ / 0-)

      and the ruling class has made a few formerly illegal acts legal (citizens united), created a massive legalized corporate casino through so-called "sophisticated financial intstruments" or derivatives, and basically allowed the previous administration to piss on the constitution without accountability, leading to "it's not illegal if you're teh prezident"

      Who needs corruption?

      •  Its both (8+ / 0-)
        A culture of corruption is growing up right now (as is to be expected when you move to the same system that the Russians have with oligarchs in control) and corruption within existing legal frame works:

        "Nancy Boswell, president of TI in the United States, said lending practices in the subprime crisis, the disclosure of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and rows over political funding had all rattled public faith about prevailing ethics in America.

        "We're not talking about corruption in the sense of breaking the law," she said. "We're talking about a sense that the system is corrupted by these practices. There's an integrity deficit."

        Various financial scandals at state and city level had encouraged the impression that the regulatory oversight was weak and that influence could be bought, she added."

        The example that comes easily to mind is the Rocket Courts of FL regarding mortgage fraud where the central issue is fraudulent documents are not only passing through the court but the courts are not even looking at the documents. Thus giving the appearance of legality but substantively its a corrupted process.

      •  And you don't go to jail (4+ / 0-)
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        if the laws that are in place are not enforced.

        Our democracy is being flushed down the toilet.
        It's over.
        We have a new royalty and they're creating a new class of peasants.

    •  Now how did that happen? (3+ / 0-)
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      Good for Canada.

      A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

      by Salo on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 05:20:12 PM PST

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    •  IMO, methodology problems... (1+ / 0-)
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      it deals entirely with perceptions.

      I think a study based on objective criteria like felony conviction percentages v income, or campaign contributions v voting outcomes, would put the USA a lot closer to the bottom.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 07:02:56 PM PST

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