Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I don't even know where to begin with this. I guess the bigger problem that it illustrates though is the extent and difficulty of any attempt to clean up 'politics as usual' in the republic.

As with pet issues like agricultural subsidies, some parties have such a vested interest that the lengths they go to will far outpace those of others who are more marginally affected. For subsidies, the tax burden on each individual is between $100 and $110. In this case, the burden is obviously honest and responsive government that will effectively and efficiently carry out the public will. But to those for whom cleaning up corruption would mean their jobs, power, etc., their interest is obviously much greater and more direct than that of the majority. The effort it would take to truly clean up government simply isn't something that the public, at this point, can be galvanized around. It's just too much work. Frankly, it makes me tired just thinking about it.

That, or the fact that I haven't had coffee in over 3 hours. But I go free in 45 minutes, so really, what’s the point?


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