Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Cheat Beat

Is it just me or are we seeing a rise in scandals involving governments, politicians, bureaucrats, and our tax dollars? I'm no history buff nor do I have the stats to back it up, but my gut feeling is that as our standard of living goes up, financial pressures increase as well. Thus, the temptation to dip into the pool we aren't supposed to dip into becomes stronger and stronger, and more of us start falling for it.

It's not only politicians and bureaucrats. We've all witnessed recent corporate accounting scandals.

Corporate scandals are bad, but government scandals bother me the most, since cheating politicians and bureaucrats defy the public trust - my trust and your trust.

Every time I hear about misuse of public dollars, I wonder how many more cases are out there that we just don't know about.

Perhaps it's time for the cheat beat. Have investigative reporters devoted to finding and exposing public cheaters and thieves by investigating tips and conducting random checks.

Maybe the big shots will be more careful if they know there are people out there intent on exposing the blatant misuse of our money.


Blogger Darcy O'Brien said...

Reporting on who did what, where, and when with the public's tax dollars, is not going to change a thing. Not alone anyways. Scandals and examples of corruption, have been reported upon ever since humans have been capable of communicating with each other.To prevent them, disclosure is the opening salvo but clear and expected punishment should be the coup de grace.

Only with political reform can you even hope to curtail the rampant and disgusting excesses of public officials.

How do you do that?

You start by removing their indemnity while being in public office. There is no true accountability in our current political system.If you are found to be misusing the assests of a private company, while in their employ, you run the very real risk of civil/criminal prosecution. That is not the case for public officials.

Last evening an opposition MP called for the explanation of how a $138 bill, incurred by a member of the ruling party,for a dinner for two at a pizzeria, could possibly be justified. A MP from the ruling party then gave a one minute response, that did not even address the original question. To me that is being in contempt of Canadians, and should be punished by, oh..lets say, 60 days in a prison near the artic circle. Harsh? You bet your precious tax dollar it is. However, I suspect that that no one in parliament would try legalize, or avoiding a direct question - in parliament - again.

Reporting on government corruption and scandal, is not only neccessary, but expected by the public. Yet, if MP's do not face clear and inescapable punishment for their excesses, you might as well howl at the moon.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Sikander said...

You've gotta start somewhere.

7:21 PM  

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