CORRUPTION AND POLITICS IN AMERICA
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Slightly Corrupt Politicians Are Not Always Bad Politicians


Henry Clay said he'd rather be right than be President.  A very nice thing to say, PROVIDED you only mean it theoretically.  Because, anyone who insists on absolute integrity and honesty will never be President or serve in any other governing capacity -- and thus will be in no position to oppose those far more DANGEROUS politicians who would turn their country into a dictatorship.

Even Lincoln, and most any other successful President you care to mention, placed various incompetent persons in positions of power as payoffs for political support during the campaign.  Nominal corruption is one way an otherwise honest politician can even the odds against those who are fiercely corrupt:  fight fire with fire, to put out a fire:  eg, the use of firebreaks to stop a forest fire.

If the system is corrupt (campaign contributions in exchange for legislative favors), then being "pure" is admirable -- and politically suicidal.


THE TRUE TEST
    Those who wish to destroy democracy and freedom would be absolutely delighted if their opponents would swear off accepting any and all tainted political contributions -- because it would insure a landslide for the worst elements in society.







How TOO MUCH corruption can destroy a nation, or a world

HERE'S ARE EXAMPLES OF HOW CORRUPTION CAN KILL MILLIONS: EACH ONE CAUSED BY THE SAME PAY-TO-PLAY SYSTEM.

1)  THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, 2008-9 (PAST)


2)  THE OPIOID CRISIS (CURRENT)


3)  EMP / ELECTRICAL GRID UNPREPAREDNESS (EVOLVING)
Suppose that a country's political ethos allows anyone, from any country, to contribute vast sums of money to a political candidate or party.  In effect, this is true now, because the so-called limits to contributions have loopholes.  As a result, politicians spend most of their time raising funds for their next campaign, instead of looking into ways to make a better, safer country. Most do this with distaste, while others are quite enthusiastic about building up a big war chest.

For the donors, their contributions can, in effect, change policies and laws, resulting in profit increases and tax deductions worth hundreds of times the value of their donations.  In a sense, they would be violating their fiduciary duty (i.e., to act solely in the best interests of their clients or investors) not to take advantage of these opportunities (besides, everyone else is doing it).

As a result, politicians are quite reasonably paranoid when it comes to displeasing special interest groups.  Such as owners and operators of the nation's electric grid.   And so, rather than demanding that those utilities spend millions or even billions to secure that grid -- or perhaps even better, voting for tax increases so the government can fix this grave national security threat -- most of them do the smart thing and keep quiet.  After all, being thrown out in the next election won't give them the opportunity to fix things, either.

AND NOW, THE  REALLY SCARY PART

So, nothing gets secured, or at least, not very fast.  There has already been one recent (April 2013) brazen attempt to plunge the nation (or a part of the nation) into devastating darkness (no, you probably didn't hear about it).   And this:  "Sniper assault on US power station could have been the rehearsal for an 'even bigger terrorist attack', warns industry expert."

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ome-grown or international terrorists (and unfriendly states) have known for decades how easy it would be to take this nation down, as did the non-partisan  "EMP Commission".   If the terrorists succeed, all the extra profits garnered by delaying security measures will disappear ten thousand fold, along with a way of life, for rich and poor alike.  $5-10 billion to fix it NOW, or $50 trillion to clean up the mess AFTER:  "Pay me now, or pay me later".

REDUCING CORRUPTION:  ONE IDEA
The attempts to limit the salaries of legislators at all levels of government (so they won't forget what it's like to be poor, or to reduce the deficit) is utterly MAD:  the quickest and cheapest way to increase the professionalism and integrity of our representatives is to OVER-pay them so they don't have to go begging to special interests -- and instead will feel free to do the right thing, and fix these threats.



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