• No, not at any alarming level

  • Yes, so dangerous

18% 4 votes
82% 18 votes
  • The governmental system itself is not corrupt. Yes, we have corrupt politicians, but we fare better then the rest of the world. We rank 19 on the corruption index, and most of those numbers were based off of special interest groups. All you people say the US is corrupt, but never have one of you gave a tad bit of evidence. And to brendan, taxes and second amendment rights are a result of democracy, and not corruption. Update: Still waiting on my evidence

  • yes, unfortunately

  • To Jifpop09, if you would open your eyes and realize that our government is extremely corrupt. im seeing minors getting taxed up to 45%. i see our second amendment rights being taken away. and whats almost worse then the corrupt government is how the people arnt doing one thing about it.

  • Just gonna say... what's with the pictures? Neither one relates to the actual topic of the poll...

    Posted by: ChrisF

  • to say no is to say you are ignorant to your suroundings

  • Well, what does corruption lead to? Discord, economic failure, and weakness to name a few- and ultimately dissolution. Tell me, are we not leaning towards those things? Politicians are corrupt, therefore the system is corrupt. The system cannot be clean unless most of the politicians are leaning towards selflessness rather than selfishness. That's just my two cents.

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stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:26:08.9525336-05:00
Instead of having short, publicly-funded political campaigns with limited and/or free advertising (as a number of Western European countries do), the US has long political campaigns in which candidates are dunned big bucks for advertising. They are therefore forced to spend much of their time fundraising, which is to say, seeking bribes. All American politicians are basically on the take, though many are honorable people. They are forced into it by the system. House Majority leader John Boehner has actually just handed out cash on the floor of the House from the tobacco industry to other representatives. When French President Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in 2012, soon thereafter French police actually went into his private residence searching for an alleged $50,000 in illicit campaign contributions from the L’Oreale heiress. I thought to myself, seriously? $50,000 in a presidential campaign? Our presidential campaigns cost a billion dollars each! $50,000 is a rounding error, not a basis for police action. Why, George W. Bush took millions from arms manufacturers and then ginned up a war for them, and the police haven’t been anywhere near his house. American politicians don’t represent “the people.” With a few honorable exceptions, they represent the the 1%. American democracy is being corrupted out of existence. That politicians can be bribed to reduce regulation of industries like banking (what is called “regulatory capture”) means that they will be so bribed. Billions were spent and 3,000 lobbyists employed by bankers to remove cumbersome rules in the zeroes. Thus, political corruption enabled financial corruption (in some cases legalizing it!) Without regulations and government auditing, the finance sector went wild and engaged in corrupt practices that caused the 2008 crash. Too bad the poor Afghans can’t just legislate their corruption out of existence by regularizing it, the way Wall street did. That the chief villains of the 2008 meltdown (from which 90% of Americans have not recovered) have not been prosecuted is itself a form of corruption. The US military budget is bloated and enormous, bigger than the military budgets of the next twelve major states. What isn’t usually realized is that perhaps half of it is spent on outsourced services, not on the military. It is corporate welfare on a cosmic scale. I’ve seen with my own eyes how officers in the military get out and then form companies to sell things to their former colleagues still on the inside. The US has a vast gulag of 2.2 million prisoners in jail and penitentiary. There is an increasing tendency for prisons to be privatized, and this tendency is corrupting the system. It is wrong for people to profit from putting and keeping human beings behind bars. This troubling trend is made all the more troubling by the move to give extra-long sentences for minor crimes, to deny parole and to imprison people for life for e,g, three small thefts. 6. The rich are well placed to bribe our politicians to reduce taxes on the rich. This and other government policies has produced a situation where 400 American billionaires are worth $2 trillion, as much as the bottom 150 million Americans. That kind of wealth inequality hasn’t been seen in the US since the age of the robber barons in the nineteenth century. Both eras are marked by extreme corruption. 7. The National Security Agency’s domestic spying is a form of corruption in itself, and lends itself to corruption. With some 4 million government employees and private contractors engaged in this surveillance, it is highly unlikely that various forms of insider trading and other corrupt practices are not being committed. If you knew who Warren Buffett and George Soros were calling every day, that alone could make you a killing. The American political class wouldn’t be defending this indefensible invasion of citizens’ Asset forfeiture in the ‘drug war’ is corrupting police departments and the judiciary. 10. Money and corruption have seeped so far into our media system that people can with a straight face assert that scientists aren’t sure human carbon emissions are causing global warming. Fox Cable News is among the more corrupt institutions in American society, purveying outright lies for the benefit of the billionaire class. The US is so corrupt that it is resisting the obvious urgency to slash carbon production. Even our relatively progressive president talks about exploiting all sources of energy, as though hydrocarbons were just as valuable as green energy and as though hydrocarbons weren’t poisoning the earth. Even Qatar, its economy based on natural gas, freely admits the challenge of human-induced climate change. American politicians like Jim Inhofe are openly ridiculed when they travel to Europe for their know-nothingism on climate. So don’t tell the Philippines or the other victims of American corruption how corrupt they are for taking a few petty bribes. Americans are not seen as corrupt because we only deal in the big denominations. Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable. That enough evidence?
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:28:11.2565336-05:00
Unbelievable, that you keep plagiarizing Milgram. Do your own work. http://www.juancole.com/2013/12/corrupt-country-world.html
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:34:53.6791021-05:00
I am not submitting a paper Jifpop09, I am just giving info, if you want the source, I will gladly give it to you. You are just all bent cause it just blew you lame a88 theory out of the water. If you can't stand being wrong then go pout on another site.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:36:42.9422025-05:00
Stanley, are you really that much of an idiot? If you post someones work, you need to source it. Not try to pass it off as your own. I shouldn't have to ask every time you post something if its plagiarized or not. Technically you could get banned for this.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:39:24.2755798-05:00
And it takes a insecure dude to putup a chick to discuss corruption what are you ten?
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:41:33.0728623-05:00
Okay Whiney
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:43:44.7377063-05:00
By Juan Cole | Dec. 3, 2013 Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:44:54.6885547-05:00
There is your source. Go get your binky and powder your behind and it will be alright now. Is your a** properly kissed.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:47:17.9442730-05:00
The first point is moot because organized campaign advertising is not a proper indicator of corruption, and the writer is less credible as he used France as an example. The second point was less reliable, as he again made a guesstimate with out even proper sourcing or evidence to back it up. The third point also does not support his case, as he criticizes a lack of judicial attacks, with another hypothetical assumption and false statistic. Number 4 only proves how much of a idiot this guy is. The military budget has no connection with corruption. Point 5,is litterally the stupidest thing I ever heard. First, he gives ANOTHER false statistic, and another HYPOTHETICAL assumption on prisoners being used to fuel corruption. Number 6 is ANOTHER hypothetical assumption. He argues that since america billionaires are rich, they are in a good place to put bribes, but does not actually support his case. Number 7 also makes a hypothetical connection that the CIA is in the back pocket of private contractors. Then, they criticize insider trading, which is actually a counter measure to prevent government secrets from being shared, which HURTS his case. Number 9, had no evidence and was once again hypothetical. 10, is just as stupid, but is the only point that shows any promise. I'm left to conclude that this guy is a complete idiot. An idiot who uses false statistics (without sourcing), hypothetical s, and assumptions.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:48:41.4587061-05:00
Oh watch out Brendon you better not disagree with Jiffyhlube or he will have you banned for not sourcing your source like I have seen things sourced maybe twice in a year.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:49:01.7389661-05:00
Stanley Milgrams obviously on his period. He wont respond to my above point as he has no where to plagiarize.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:53:07.9481166-05:00
And you obviously did not read your own source, or you would of say the obvious use of bad statistics and evident anti american agenda.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:54:30.9487081-05:00
Which again, leaving me the assumption that no reliable evidence exists on a dangerous level. And Brendan, taxes are not a sign of corruption.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:57:23.1103081-05:00
And you also joined a day a go, so don't tell me to whine to another site, or call me a bitck for explaining the sites rules to you, who joined yesterday. In the future, just give us the link, and don't pass his work off as your own.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:57:31.8706084-05:00
I never said it was a reliable or credible source, you said there was no evidence that the us is corrupt, I just listed one. That's all. And if I am on my period you can lick it up.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T16:58:36.5486230-05:00
Why don't you respond to that paragraph I just wrote. I'm sure its sufficient in disproving your blatant plagiarist tendencies.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:58:54.4639081-05:00
55 Things About America You May Not Know Is America the greatest nation on the planet? Before you answer that question, you might want to check out the statistics that I have shared in this article first. The reality is that the United States is in a deep state of decline, and it is getting harder to deny that fact with each passing day. Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially we are a train wreck. Many that are “patriotic” attempt to put a happy face on our growing problems, but the truly patriotic thing to do is to admit just how bad things have gotten so that we can start finding solutions. If you truly love this country, then you should know that this nation needs a huge wake up call. We have abandoned the values and the principles that early Americans held so dear, and as a result our society is a giant mess. The following are 55 things about America that you may not know… (Read
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T16:59:23.2459081-05:00
The American Dream Wake Up – The American Dream Is Rapidly Becoming The American Nightmare
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:00:11.6839081-05:00
Why don't you write your own opinion instead of copy and pasting other peoples work? Plagiarized again http://endoftheamericandream.Com/archives/55-things-about-america-you-may-not-know
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:00:51.4738879-05:00
The most corrupt state(s) in AmericaBy Reid Wilson January 22 at 2:28 pm Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s indictment on charges that he accepted illegal gifts, vacations and loans from a major campaign contributor who sought special treatment is so shocking, in part, because McDonnell is the first governor in the history of the Commonwealth to face criminal charges. Unlike plenty of other states, Virginia doesn’t have a long history of scandals and ethics abuses. Which states are more used to corruption? Well, depending on how you define corruption, it could be Florida, or Louisiana, or Tennessee, or New York, or Georgia. And then there’s the District of Columbia And it goes on....
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:01:36.8131081-05:00
And why did you post the intro. It had no information pertaining to anything on this article? I'll tell you why. Its because you randomly post anything that criticizes the US and try to pass it off as related.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:01:59.1523081-05:00
Seriously, stop posting other people's articles.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:02:01.6431377-05:00
This study exposes the level of corruption in the US government Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/03/this-study-exposes-the-level-of-corruption-in-the-us-government/#ixzz2yQfR611n If you thought America’s government was corrupt, a new report suggests you may be on to something. Transparency International published its annual Corruption Perception Index, which measures the levels of public sector corruption in 177 of the world’s territories and countries. America did not fare too well. The United States failed to place even in the top ten cleanest countries, barely cracking the top twenty. According to the 2013 CPI report, America is the world’s 19th least corrupt country. The US held the same spot in 2012. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/03/this-study-exposes-the-level-of-corruption-in-the-us-government/#ixzz2yQfXE8Lj
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:02:59.2434567-05:00
How Corrupt Is America? By Justin Loiseau | More Articles | Save For Later February 3, 2014 | Comments (1) The Land of the Free has been getting a lot of flak lately. From penny-pinching politicians to Big Bank blunders, corruption in the United States is center stage. But how corrupt is our country, actually? Here's what you need to know. Calculating corruption International watchdog Transparency International is the world's leading organization on corruption. Since 1995 , it has published an annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), pulling data from more than a dozen respected institutions, organizations, and businesses , to answer a seemingly simple question: How corrupt is my country?
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:17:08.3225063-05:00
I still don't see anyone giving evidence.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:19:00.2517888-05:00
BwaaaaHaaaaaaaaaaa. Jif you are hilarious. I so wish you would come to my coffee klatch Friday night. It would be so interesting.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:20:28.1738308-05:00
Hey here is something fun, you provide SOURCED evidence there is NO corruption right here and now Jiffpoodles.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:22:00.1966542-05:00
The question is if it is dangerously corrupt. We rank 19 out of 205 countires, which is considerably high, and above most of Europe. And no, you have the BOP when proving it exists http://cpi.Transparency.Org/cpi2013/
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:23:43.9238856-05:00
Well, that is the same old stale answer you plagiarized from my source. Gosh what a poser
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:25:09.3802796-05:00
WTF?! I didn't plagiarize your source. This actually hurts your argument
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:25:54.0748526-05:00
And why wouldn't you take me in a formal debate when I challenged you?
Decertilation says2014-04-09T17:26:29.6433086-05:00
I don't want to hear "The U.S. Government isn't corrupt" When 1. Gays can't marry. 2. Referring to last statement, the government is being partially run by religion. 3. In some areas Atheists can hold office.
Decertilation says2014-04-09T17:29:03.2891328-05:00
Correction the 3, can't* sorry.
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:32:41.8153336-05:00
Jiffers, I was f*cking with you. I'm trying to get you back to ..Um..Reality. I told you why I'm not going to debate you...You are batsh*t crazy. Yeah , I want to debate someone who throw a full blown temper tantrum, makes a poll about some bS, and goes on and on about some stupid sh*t that is utterly meaningless. Get real dude. You Mom wouldn't even debate you.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T17:35:45.4248878-05:00
I see a lot of problems with your statement.... 1. Gay marriage bans are a result of the democratic system, and not corruption. 2. I agree that its being run by religion, but again, democracy. As unfortunate as it can sometimes be, is not corruption 3. That law does exist, its not enforced though. Again, not corruption
stanleymilgram1959 says2014-04-09T17:37:43.7552691-05:00
OMG he is correcting peoples grammar now. Whet a raging tw8t.
Decertilation says2014-04-09T17:56:36.4473299-05:00
Banning gay marriage is not democracy, it's taking away the rights of people.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-09T18:39:19.0092472-05:00
I agree. Gay marriage should not be taken away by the government. I have a problem with the fact you define that as corruption though.
Rhodesia79 says2014-04-09T18:45:20.6776892-05:00
The government is not taking away gay marriage they just haven't legalized it yet.
Rhodesia79 says2014-04-09T18:46:14.2477458-05:00
If it was legal and the government took it away then you would be right.
patmagsc says2014-10-18T22:44:30.1343372-05:00
I will answer with a question. Are my concerns going to be addressed very soon and to my satisfaction?

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