State Governments Soaked In Corruption
Republican politicians say that they want the federal government to cede powers to state governments, saying that state governments are more trustworthy because they are more closely accountable to “the people”. Just who the GOP is referring to when it talks about “the people” is strongly suggested by a new report by the Center for Public Integrity.
The Center assessed the quality of anticorruption laws and the practices of corporate lobbyists in each of the 50 states, and then issued each state a grade, indicating how well it is upholding basic standards of ethics in government. The highest grade any state received was a C, by Alaska. Only two other states, Connecticut and California, got better than a D, and they got C- grades. 11 states (Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wyoming) received grades of F.
When politicians tell you that they “want the states to decide” on an issue, what they really mean is that they want the lobbyists to decide.