Thursday, December 02, 2010

Is the U.S. Perceived as Corrupt?

Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group based in Germany, recently released its 2010 Corruption Perception Index. The annual rankings survey ordinary citizens and business people in 178 countries and grade each nation on a 0-to-10 scale. This year, the cleanest states were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore (which were tied at 9.3). Among the most corrupt: Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia, with scores of 1.5 or less.

The United States scored a disappointing 7.1, tying with Belgium and falling in behind Japan, Qatar, the United Kingdom and Chile. And this was before the midterm election ( elections often influence opinions about corruption).

The U.S. needs to take a good look in the mirror to figure out why it is not ranking among the cleanest countries. Could it be the financial crisis, the BP oil spill, our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or ethical issues in some multi-national corporations? What do you think?

Read more here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise! When it comes to political corruption, it is likely that our system is the most corrupt of any major Western country. Tremendous sums must be raised for elections, which requires a great proportion of politicians' time, plus puts them in the debt of the lobbyists providing the funds. What is a more obvious example of conflict of interest than this? As a catalyst to this system, our Supreme Court, in its wisdom, now facilitates the infusion of large amounts of corporate and union money into the process. Also, secretive organizations are able to hide their donors. Where and when does the continued corruption of our political process end?

Ira Levy

Thursday, December 02, 2010 9:14:00 PM  

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