The latest report from Transparency International on corruption is out. Some of you will note with dismay that the US, while comfortably in the top half, isn't up with Canada, England, or Australia, and are wondering why. Well, there are two things you should keep in mind: first, there are a lot of people with more power and fewer checks (the FBI is nominally tasked with investigating government corruption, and I'll give you one guess as to who funds them). Second, there are businesses that depend on government cooperation to make a profit, and therefore have every incentive to grease the wheels, and too few people to watch them.
Result? There is still a mess there. It is worth cleaning up.