U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption index

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posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 07:03 PM
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The United States has dropped out of the "top 20" in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday.

Somalia was judged the most corrupt country, followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan at joint second-worst and then by Iraq, in the Berlin-based watchdog TI's annual corruption perceptions index (CPI).

The United States fell to 22nd from 19th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 7.1 from 7.5 in the 178-nation index, which is based on independent surveys on corruption.

This was the lowest score awarded to the United States in the index's 15-year history and also the first time it had fallen out of the top 20.

In the Americas, this put the United States behind Canada in sixth place, Barbados at 17th and Chile in 21st place.


en.wikipedia.org...

2010: 7.1
2009: 7.5
2008: 7.3
2007: 7.2
2006: 7.3
2005: 7.6
2004: 7.5
2003: 7.7
2002: 7.6

It appears that under Obama’s second year in office the United States has reached its most corrupt point since it has been tracked by the Corruption Perception Index. This means that even President Bush was more transparent under his regime than under the Obama regime. This is such a disgusting era in American history we can only hope that after this election whoever wins cleans up the place and makes some real ‘change’(s). Obama you have failed epically!
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posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 07:13 PM
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The United States has slipped to 22nd just behind Chile and just before Belgium.

1. New Zealand
2. Denmark
3. Singapore
4. Sweden
5. Finland
6. Canada
7. Netherlands
8. Switzerland
9. Australia
10. Norway
11. Iceland
12. Luxembourg
13. Hong Kong
14. Ireland
15. Germany
16. Austria
17. Japan
18. Barabados
19. Qatar
20. United Kingdom
21. Chile
22. United States

en.wikipedia.org...

Absolutely incredible.



posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 07:38 PM
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I wouldn't wanna live in Somalia...lol. Why is it considered the most corrupt again? I just skimmed through it's wiki page but didn't come across anything.
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posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 08:09 PM
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Notice that in Obama's first year of office, the nation's corruption rating was better than the last three years of the Bush administration. Misleading, much?



posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 08:11 PM
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Originally posted by SmedleyBurlap
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Notice that in Obama's first year of office, the nation's corruption rating was better than the last three years of the Bush administration. Misleading, much?


I wonder if they were just giving Obama a chance??



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 12:30 AM
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Maybe you should give Obama a chance. He only has one year of his presidency, out of two, ranked lower than George Bush. There is a 50/50 chance that the problem is actually something that has changed between 2008 and the present. Suspend your judgment and wait for next year's report.



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 12:34 PM
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Originally posted by Misoir
The United States has slipped to 22nd just behind Chile and just before Belgium.

1. New Zealand
2. Denmark
3. Singapore
4. Sweden
5. Finland
6. Canada
7. Netherlands
8. Switzerland
9. Australia
10. Norway
11. Iceland
12. Luxembourg
13. Hong Kong
14. Ireland
15. Germany
16. Austria
17. Japan
18. Barabados
19. Qatar
20. United Kingdom
21. Chile
22. United States

en.wikipedia.org...

Absolutely incredible.


I want to move to Canada or Aussieland.


Has anyone noticed that the closer a country gets to the equator the more corrupt they seem to get?



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 12:35 PM
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Maybe not. it seems to be spread out evenly



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 01:53 PM
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Singapore is one of the least corrupt countries and it is almost on the equator.



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 02:01 PM
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Chicago thug politics at work?
Way to go Obama....sure you can make 25 by next year.



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 02:09 PM
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Originally posted by SmedleyBurlap
reply to post by Misoir
 


Maybe you should give Obama a chance. He only has one year of his presidency, out of two, ranked lower than George Bush. There is a 50/50 chance that the problem is actually something that has changed between 2008 and the present. Suspend your judgment and wait for next year's report.


He had a chance. His first year started better than Bush's 2nd term, and only as good as Bush's worst during his 1st term, then became worse than Bush.
The trend is disturbing: it's obvious Obama doesn't like to be outdone.



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 02:11 PM
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If the UK makes the top 20, then the countries outside the top 20 must be completely corrupt because this country is rife with it in every facet of society.



posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 09:45 PM
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Maybe it's just me, but I am absolutely sick of these stupid partisan politics coming from ignorant people. Obama has been in office for two years and still has not finished dealing with leftover business from Bush's term in office. Do you really think that the current government policy reflects the actions of one man? Do you really think that Obama is the source of all corruption in the White House? Are you ignorant, or just a shill?

P.S. don't you dare call me a Democrat partisan hack. I don't give a damn about either party in the US. And don't act like I'm some Bush-hating idiot that blames eight years of bad government on one man. I'm not retarded.

The simple fact is that your precious utopia is decaying right in front of your eyes, and it is not the president's fault. It is a far more complex problem that cannot be reduced to a simple scapegoat

P.P.S. there is only so much outcry against Obama because 'Socialist' has become code for 'welfare recipient' has become code for 'black'. It's racism, though you are free to deny it and free to be extremely wrong.
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posted on Oct, 27 2010 @ 10:00 PM
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What exactly are these figures based on?

Couldn't it equally be interpreted as meaning the Obama administration is less willing to cover up corruption then Bush?





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