Why Are Politicians Universally Corrupt?

Dr. Rahe’s recent post on China got me thinking; why are politicians universally corrupt? If you’re a conservative like me, you probably have a fairly small circle of friends. I choose my friends based on virtue. I don’t have a single friend I wouldn’t trust with the keys to my house, my checkbook, or my wife (if I had one). Life is difficult enough; why would I willingly surround myself with thieves, liars, scalawags, bums and misanthropes? And yet, even in a democracy, we routinely elect bott…

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