Government is force. Force is always lusted after by a certain type of person. The power hungry (at all levels) are particularly subject to “compromised principals.” As such the above statistic shouldn’t be a surprise. Frankly I’ll bet the real number is higher.
Perceived and REAL corruption. Particularly systematic, often legal corruption. A crony system that is gamed against the unconnected. Yeah, crony capitalism has a lot to do with the anger burning the Establishment around the world.
Technology and information have a lot to do with it too. Whereas before people largely just had to believe the official media narrative (the narrative “sea” through which we swim), now they can challenge what they are told by the information gate keepers.
Thankfully crony capitalism is increasingly in focus in this country. However, many of our readers may not know that it is a growing area of focus around the world also, particularly in India and in South Africa.
The Pentagon has for too long been given a blank check by “conservatives.” That has to change.
Otherwise known as “pay to play.” This all sounds oddly familiar. Did he give any speeches at Goldman Sachs?
Or the electorate?
Who enabled the Clinton corruption? We did. Or at least many of us did. It’s on us. We helped create the ugly political culture we see today. We’ve tolerated corruption and dishonesty with the Clintons and we’ve tolerated it from the Republicans too. We need to look in the mirror post election and consider what we will tolerate from our politicians and ourselves going forward.
I always thought that an ambassadorship to the Bahamas or Monaco would be a pretty sweet gig. Alas I don’t have deep enough pockets for such dreams.
Now the ambassadorship to Bangladesh? Bids are much more reasonable. Consult the DNC or RNC in Washington for more details.
Unions are so often tied to this sort of stuff. Why is that?
Somewhere along the way the “official” media sources got the official line. – Focus on an assertion by John Podesta Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, who has his own ties to the Russians, that the Russians are behind exposing that the Democratic National Committee was working on behalf of Hillary Clinton in the primary process and against Bernie Sanders.
No one in the government to our knowledge has confirmed this assertion. But even still, where the leak came from is not the issue.
Hey, remember when late night shows were supposed to be funny and not nightly feeds of condescending propaganda? Ah yes, those were the days. Now every late night host wants to be Jon Stewart. It’s almost as if talking points are coming straight from Media Matters the de facto White House ministry of information or something. And we know that that couldn’t be the case.
Do as you are told Bernie people! I said do as you are told!
Home of Al Capone, Dennis Hastert, Jesse Jackson, the Daley “machine,” Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama, the Windy City seems fertile ground for those inclined toward the crony disposition.
Chicago erupts out of the Midwestern plains like a steel and glass mountain range. As one approaches the metropolis one begins to feel its gravitational field. It’s different than New York’s pull which is stronger but is offset by Philly, Boston and Washington DC. Chicago however stands mostly alone, smack dab in the middle of the country and the continent.
There is a whole group of folks in Washington and to a lesser extent outposts afield, and it is mostly Dems, who think that just because they hold “enlightened” attitudes about business that means they can engage in whatever cronyism they want. (Republicans do crony capitalism in slightly different ways and with less affectation in my experience than Democrats, though they are plenty prone just to be clear.)The Great Green Rush (of your tax dollars) during the beginning of Obama’s presidency is a good example of this.