Tag: Corruption

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Donald J. Trump has been president for two years. He’s at the border and is asking for a wall, oh wait, no – now a steel fence, and compromise and dialogue with the Democratic Party. He was asking for a little over five billion to shore up the Southern border. He said “I’ll take less […]

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An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

 

Dear Mr. Romney:

I read your opinion piece in The Washington Post under the interesting heading: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. You called it: “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.”

You say, “A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”

Quote of the Day: Responsibility

 

“Responsibility is a unique concept… You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you… If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.” ― Hyman G. Rickover

Rickover was always a controversial figure. Yet this quote gets to the heart of much what is wrong in today’s society. No one is held responsible, and the higher your position the more responsibility is avoided. The only ones held responsible are low-level suckers too low on the totem pole to avoid holding the bag of responsibility. Worse still? A society where position and prestige shields one from the responsibility which goes with that position is fundamentally corrupt.

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Sergio Moro, the corruption buster who jailed a former president and is draining Brazil’s vast swamp of public graft, addressed Notre Dame’s graduating class. Kudos to Fr. Jenkins for such an excellent choice. MIT, my alma mater, could only manage Matt Freakin’ Damon! As an American of Brazilian birth, I’m thrilled about the choice of […]

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I really don’t watch much news from tv media but I did tune in today to get updated on the Syrian situation. There still seems to be a propaganda offensive from Russia amid reports that an independent Swiss Lab has determine that the poison gas used in the Skipral case in the UK was produced […]

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The former president of South Korea was ousted from office because of a corruption scandal, and now has been sentenced to 24 years in prison and a $17 million fine.  The judges found Park guilty of participating, sometimes indirectly, in a scheme to coerce and solicit bribes from major South Korean companies, including Samsung and […]

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Quote of the Day: Governmental Power

 

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand

I am not a big fan of Ayn Rand. (I know some of you are, but please don’t bother to convert me. It is a waste of time.) She has brilliant insights at times, however, and this is one. Somehow it seems particularly relevant after recent revelations about the corruption within the Mueller investigation.

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In the mid- to late-90s, during the Clinton years, I had a number of international gigs as an affiliate with two consultancies with technology and futures practices. The Internet was hot, I had somewhat of a track record of calling its trajectory, and governments everywhere were interested in getting their piece of the action – […]

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From an editorial in the Hindustan Times: Having risen to power on a plank of avowed opposition to dynastic politics, it probably wasn’t easy for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite United States President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in November. India and the United States will co-host […]

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This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime.

Following Sen. Rubio’s remarks, a panel of experts discuss some of the case studies featured in the report, including the Venezuelan regime’s widespread involvement in criminal activity, Hezbollah’s growing involvement in illicit networks regionally, and the role of FARC dissident in continued criminal activity in Colombia. Panelists include Douglas Farah (IBI Consultants), Joseph Humire (Center for a Free Society), Roger F. Noriega (AEI), and Celina Realuyo (National Defense University). The discussion is moderated by AEI’s Kirsten D. Madison.

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Imagine you are a very successful business person. You have hotels and investments all over the world and are living a very comfortable life.  You raise a family of smart, successful children who are also doing extremely well on their own merit. You decide, feeling a sense of patriotic duty, to throw your hat in […]

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Richard Epstein looks at the political and legal fallout from allegations that President Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that he may have had an improper conversation with then FBI Director Jim Comey.

Sacrificing Border Security for Politics

 

The US Customs and Border Protection, part of Homeland Security, has been a source of crime and corruption for years. New hires and contractors are not properly screened for employment, and now that President Donald Trump has requested an additional 5,000 border officers, tripling the size of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, our borders will be at greater risk than ever. Instead of Congress taking steps to improve screening for new hires, they are taking steps in the opposite direction. How has this happened?

In 2010, Andrew Becker reported on a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on corruption of federal law enforcement officers:

Quote of the Day – Meritocracy

 

“The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever.”

“The problem with the meritocracy, is that it leeches all the empathy out of your society … The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid—I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is.”

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On International Women’s Day, while others may have been marching or whatever, I had the pleasure to talk history with a young woman, who is a historian and a professor of history. It was a lovely discussion (for me as a fan of the subject of history) as we spoke about her dissertation, which is […]

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Why Donald Trump Should Put His Assets in a Blind Trust

 

Since his election two weeks ago a couple of stories have come to light of what we might call errors of judgment on Trump’s part regarding the relationship between his business assets and his new duties as President. First, there was the presence of his daughter Ivanka at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Ivanka, you will recall, is being placed in charge of Trump’s businesses alongside her brothers Eric and Donald Jr. In that capacity her presence at this meeting was highly inappropriate. There are also reports that Mr. Trump used a congratulatory call with the President of Argentina to push for building permits for an office complex his company is currently constructing. Mr. Trump and Mr. Macri are apparently old friends and colleagues so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here, yet the optics aren’t that great. This is especially troublesome because of three words: The Clinton Foundation.

Conservatives and Republicans rightly excoriated the Clintons for the corrupt relationship that the State Department enjoyed with The Clinton Foundation during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at Foggy Bottom. Donald Trump himself, rightly, made a big deal of this during the campaign. He needs to remove himself from the appearance of corruption so that his administration isn’t hamstrung by constant accusations of corruption from a hostile media.

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Mark Steyn (whose TV show couldn’t come at a better time):  This election more than most has clarified who counts and who doesn’t. So here’s the chief magistrate of a republic of laws shooting the breeze with a core constituency ahead of Election Day and inviting the massed ranks of the Undocumented-American community to come […]

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The Illinois Policy Institute put together an excellent documentary about Michael Madigan. They have made it available on YouTube. Anyone that wishes to learn more about the blatant corruption in Illinois, this is worth your time. It is just under an hour long. Michael Madigan has been speaker of the Illinois House for 31 of […]

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