The two greatest catastrophes that can befall a politician are: one, not being elected to the office to which they aspire; and two, not being able to use public money to purchase influence with special interests which will result in campaign funds and voter support. A system that mandates corruption as the rule rather than the exception.
Therefore, the three single actions which could curtail some of the current corruption are:
- Implement term limits for elected government officials;
- Implement term limits for appointed government officials and bureaucrats;
- Implement single purpose legislative bills with a limitation on the number of pages.
Consider the proposed $60.4 BILLION Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill proposed by President Obama and his fellow travelers. A bill filled with funding for union-related projects and other non-disaster-related uses.
President Obama’s $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska, The Post has learned.
The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC. An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms. Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.
Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.” <Source:Obama Sandy aid bill filled with holiday goodies unrelated to storm damage – NYPOST.com>
Bottom line …
Unless the cycle of political corruption is broken, we are doomed to decay in a death spiral.