I spotted the following headline in today’s Guardian:
Corporate power has turned Britain into a corrupt state
If this is true of Britain, then what would one write about the United States, where all laws and government regulations are written for and by lobbyists?
How are either county different from notoriously and historically corrupt countries? Because they are supposedly “democratic”, do they get a pass on being criticized? Or, because they point so many fingers at other countries (US even has anti-corruption laws, which punish the bribing of foreigners), do people ignore similar practices clothed in the Emperor’s New Clothes of “freedom”?
There is an article in the Guardian about the US budget deficit and wasteful spending by the military (one could substitute any government agency). Articles have been pointing out such facts for as long as I can remember, and nothing changes.
President Eisenhower (a Republican, by the way) warned of the danger of a growing military-industrial complex (a mere tot in his day). I hope they don’t deliver newspaper to his grave (Who knows what benefits Presidents are promised?); because he would surely not only turn over, but spin.
Of course, this article will have no impact on future budgets, contracts, spending, or waste. Some things never change…because there is so much money to be made by so many.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.