Corruption vs. Incompetence

July 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment

The essence of the red-blue divide is that Republicans are much more forgiving of corruption, while Democrats are much more forgiving of incompetence. A smaller government usually results in more corruption, lacking the mechanisms and inefficiencies from big government. Big government usually results in the other extreme – incompetence – as seen by the problems facing California; however, there should be a system of checks and balances to ensure that the public are not cheated. Case in point are the recent scandals behind the two Republican governors Mark Sanford and Sarah Palin.

Financial shenanigans were used to cover up the former’s adultery, while the latter’s resignation is due to scandals related to the construction industry. The Palin scandal was noted as early as last October but was not pursued by the media due to GOP pressure. Alaska is a very Republican state with small government, and that has resulted in the state being run in ways that would make the Mafia blush.

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