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Corruption

July 16, 2013

Corruption rises as accountability decreases and the current level of accountability for political misdeeds is all but nonexistent....

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WKnapp

Jul-17-13 4:26 PM

CMReeder

Jul-17-13 8:35 AM

"As I predicted, nonsense from Chuck."

Everytime Phil is contradicted he pulls the nonsense card.

Uhhhhh... Does this dude ever get ANYTHING right? He's that all too common combination of dumb, rude and arrogant. It's a shame...

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CMReeder

Jul-17-13 8:35 AM

"As I predicted, nonsense from Chuck."

Everytime Phil is contradicted he pulls the nonsense card.

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rmiller

Jul-17-13 7:51 AM

Phil's letter provides insight with respect to the current "acquittal" of Zimmerman trial. The STATE tried the case. the JURY (as provided for by our Constitution) rendered a verdict. Stay out of the state's business, Feds! Your powers are limited (although this administration ahs everyone confused) and is exhausting his time diffusing those lines.

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philunderwood

Jul-17-13 6:19 AM

As I predicted, nonsense from Chuck.

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CMReeder

Jul-17-13 12:23 AM

Erik you did not read the report.

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CMReeder

Jul-17-13 12:22 AM

Seeing my response to your letters Phil that should be hard for you to figure out.

Against communities, you don't adhere to the Constitution. You object to laws so much the rule of laws.

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enigma

Jul-16-13 7:38 PM

twinder,"I'm convinced that Phil could write a LTE espousing all of the great things about Mr. Reeder and we would see Chuck arguing about the letter in the comments simply because Phil wrote it"

That would be the shortest LTE ever. That said, you are probably right.

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eriklatranyi

Jul-16-13 6:45 PM

As is typical of liberals, the US was downgraded solely on Democrat opposition to any budget cuts and insistence on increased taxes.

Read the report.

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philunderwood

Jul-16-13 2:17 PM

“I object to his faulty libertarian views.”

Let’s see, would that be a strong belief in the rights of the individual; how about government limited to what’s allowed by the Constitution; maybe it’s the rule of law.

Please explain to us just which specific libertarian views are faulty and why you object to them.

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SteelerFan

Jul-16-13 1:58 PM

Chuck 'Phil can not say all that much complimentary or nice about any liberal. I object to his faulty libertarian views.'

Actually Chuck you object to any views other than your own.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 1:34 PM

Have you ever notice how a study on democracy that shows corruption has the right saying the US is a democracy and not a republic.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 1:31 PM

Another one who does not understand what gridlock is.

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Ritty77

Jul-16-13 1:02 PM

Gridlock?

$7 trillion in new debt, higher taxes, Obamacare, biggest government ever, most people ever getting assistance, unending lies about the IRS, immigration, Benghazi, domestic spying...

Yeah, that's some gridlock.

Drink.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 12:03 PM

"I'm convinced that Phil could write a LTE espousing all of the great things about Mr. Reeder"

LOL What an overactive imagination you have Todd.

Phil can not say all that much complimentary or nice about any liberal. I object to his faulty libertarian views.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 11:59 AM

That is your assumption but the gridlock did however cause the downgrade because they did nothing. That is what happens with a gridlock you do nothing. You twit!

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twinder

Jul-16-13 11:25 AM

I'm convinced that Phil could write a LTE espousing all of the great things about Mr. Reeder and we would see Chuck arguing about the letter in the comments simply because Phil wrote it.

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rmiller

Jul-16-13 11:03 AM

Corruption isn't a new phenomena. It has been here since the Garden of Eden. It's called sin.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 10:54 AM

"Gridlock!!! Rescued the nation from the most financially destructive congress in history."

Yeah that explains how Moody's drop the US credit rating. The gridlock is destructive financially.

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eriklatranyi

Jul-16-13 10:27 AM

I support term limits, but here is the danger.

The system transforms into even more cronyism.

The politician who must exit due to term limits can "select" their successor...perhaps his/her chief of staff?

Then, the politician becomes the new candidate's chief of staff, effectively never relinquishing power.

The true power is in the entrenched bureaucracy, aides and surrounding political apparatus, not in the candidate.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 10:06 AM

If a candidate is running under the umbrella of a party they will be working along party lines. They do not run as independents they identify with a party.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 10:03 AM

Not according to the research that Phil cited. Statutory immunities for politicians makes it easier in unchecked democracies for new politicians to be involved in corruption. In others words you would not be attracting honest people into office but dishonest ones.

Term limits would not end corruption in politics, you woiuld just create a revolving door for corruption.

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mikekerstetter

Jul-16-13 9:50 AM

I agree with term limits. With term limits we could actually have people who could vote for their constituents instead of along party lines.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 9:36 AM

Corruption in politics existed before statutory immunities.

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CMReeder

Jul-16-13 9:34 AM

Did Phil read the paper published or just went with a thumbnail sketch posted by one his favorite conservative writers?

They study many democracies and found that there is statutory immunities and that it has a double edge sword. It is in place to protect honest and innocent politicians but the downside is it also protects the dishonest and gives rise to more dishonesty. They found that statutory immunities had been corrupted and from it rises corruption. They also found that if the judiciary is independent and strong that corruption is minimized. Yes this is also a thumbnail sketch, a scholarly review of the paper that has yet to go through peer review.

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MrShaman

Jul-16-13 9:33 AM

"Jeez Shammy, I about fell out of my chair when I saw we can actually agree on something. I love it." - CarlHiller

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Stick with me, kid!!

I'll make you a STAR!!!!!!

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