Friday, February 10, 2017

Outright corruption in the US

How corrupt is the US? So corrupt you can apparently buy yourself a cabinet position:

Donald Trump's new Education Secretary reportedly donated nearly $900,000 over the years to the Senators who confirmed her into the job.

Betsy DeVos was a controversial choice for the role and was criticised for her performance before the Senate confirmation committee.

She has previously spoken of her desire to “advance God's kingdom” though the education system. She also candidly admitted that she “expects something in return” for her money when it came to political donations.

In civilised democracies this simply wouldn't be acceptable. Making a decision on someone who has given you large donations in the past is clearly a conflict of interest and should cause recusal. But in the US, its apparently not a problem - which leads to the perception that DeVos has outright bought her cabinet spot.

The US really needs to clean out its political sewer. And the first step is eliminating money from politics.