PRE­DICTABLY CROOKED LEAD­ER­SHIP

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Amer­i­cans look askance at their gov­ern­ment: 75 per­cent now be­lieve the U.S. gov­ern­ment is “cor­rupt” ac­cord­ing to a Gallup An­a­lyt­ics re­view of trends in the last 10 years. “The per­cent­age of U.S. adults who see cor­rup­tion as per­va­sive has never been less than a ma­jor­ity in the past decade, which has had no short­age of con­tro­ver­sies from the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment’s fir­ings of U.S. at­tor­neys to the IRS scan­dal,” the re­search says.

The low fig­ure in this time pe­riod was 66 per­cent who said the gov­ern­ment was cor­rupt, a phe­nom­e­non Gallup calls “dis­con­cert­ing,” though the poll­ster points out that at least Amer­i­cans still feel fairly free to crit­i­cize their lead­er­ship. And of course, the U.S. is not alone in this sen­ti­ment.

On a list of 40 na­tions with a “free press” Lithua­nia leads the way: 90 per­cent of its pres­i­dents say gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion is wide­spread. Swe­den ranks last, where a mere 14 per­cent of Swedes frown on their gov­ern­ment.

“The U.S. does not make the top 10 list, but no­tably, it is not far from it,” Gallup says in its com­men­tary on those find­ings. In­deed, Amer­ica ranks 13th on the list, be­tween Is­rael and Mau­ri­tius, where three fourths of the cit­i­zenry also fault a cor­rupt gov­ern­ment.

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