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The more insidious forms of corruption are when, for example, town mayors, senators or presidents regularly steal enough tax money through elaborate fraud schemes to enrich not only themselves but also their extended families and friends for generations. This type of corruption we have in the USA also, but I would argue that violations of the public trust are not as pervasive or as profitable in the US as in some other countries, particularly at the federal level. I have a sneaking suspicion that more goes on at the local and state levels due to the lack of oversight. We had several technical employee in our county a year ago who managed to steal $9 million by manipulating computer records and contracts. They did get caught, but much of the money may have ended up in India and the County Executive and several others lost their jobs. I've just read this article about the matter and it pretty much corroborates what's been said about corruption and lack of oversight in our local government. One could see it coming.
I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
Since you can read Spanish, you'll love this one. I'd say there is an even chance this woman could become Spain's prime minister within 6 years <shudder>.
By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
Erase the thought! Erase the thought! Eeeee raze thaaat thddkgjkjsldkkdf
Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
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