Sunday, December 4, 2011

Where does the U.S. fall on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2011 (CPI)? (Video)

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If politicians are interested in the things from public service that can benefit them and less so in the things that might benefit their constituents then they could, by definition, be considered to be corrupt!

Corruption: the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. (source)

The number of U.S. politicians who would fall under this definition are far too many to list here, but consider as clear and obvious examples Rep. Charlie Rangel and Rep. Barney Frank who have done very well for themselves while in office.

The release of the CPI is timely for another reason in that it coincides with the nominations process for the First Annual "Turdy" Award for the worst politician, from either Party, in America today!

When you are done here click on this link to head over and vote for your "favorite."

So how does the United States stack up?

The Corruption Perceptions Index or CPI!

With perception becoming its own reality the United States scores well on the CPI with a 7.1, meaning it is considered as not very corrupt on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the most corrupt.

The top three countries perceived to the the least corrupt are New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4) and Finland (9.4) while the bottom two, or perceived to be the most corrupt, are North Korea (1.0) and Somalia (1.0).

What score would you give to the U.S.?

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