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Tag Archive: Transparency International


 

Big Dangers As Obama Democrats Flout Budget Laws

 

Rule Of Law Index

 

The Consent Of The Governed … Is Being Lost At An Ever-Increasing Rate 

 

” What are citizens to do when their government refuses to follow its own laws?

The answers to this question throughout history have been hugely unhappy. When individuals in government de-legitimize their own institutions by breaking the rules, rebellion, repression and general lawlessness have often been the result.
Americans have done better at this than anyone else, having inherited the love of the law from our British progenitors. The Founding Fathers took it a step further by ditching the idea of a monarch altogether and crafting what has become the world’s oldest and most revered national charter. The Constitution was a fulcrum point in human history and the greatest gift from the Framers to their nation: a government of laws, not men.

When leaders refuse to follow the rules laid out for them, societies devolve very quickly indeed. Ask any Argentine.

Like many good things – true love, baseball, table manners – the rule of law only exists by the voluntary participation of all involved and a willingness to be subject to sometimes seemingly arbitrary requirements.”

 

 

 

   From the nation that that led the way with respect to the rule of law we have fallen , according to the above graphic .

 

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Foreign Aid: Money Down A Rat Hole?

 

 

CPI Index

 

 

” A few months ago I stumbled upon a nonprofit organization that publishes an annual corruption index. It’s called the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and it measures the “perceived levels of public sector corruption in 176 countries/territories.” The CPI is published by Transparency International and their web address is: http://www.transparency.org. It should be noted that a score of 100 is perfect (i.e.; least corrupt) and a score of ‘one’ would indicate a high level of corruption.

At the bottom of the index (top of the table) are the two most corrupt regimes. They are Somalia which received $168 million and Afghanistan which received $2.3 billion. Together, these two nations received approximately $2.47 billion! The total given to all of the countries listed in the table approaches $9.0 billion. The U.S. issues approximately $50 billion a year in foreign aid with nearly 20% allocated to the countries in the table. In case you’re curious, the U.S. ranks 19th on the corruption index with a score of 73. The least corrupt nations according to the CPI are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, each with a score of 90.”