Letters to the Editor: July 14, 2014

other_letters_editorResearch looks at corruption to find the crookedest states

Kudos to Governor Phil Bryant; he’s done it again! Hip, hip, hooray: We’re #1!

“As we are all aware, corruption is everywhere and it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. New research estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.”

“The reports discovered at least 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:”

1. MISSISSIPPI (yea, us!!!)

2. Louisiana

3. Tennessee

4. Illinois

5. Pennsylvania

6. Alabama

7. Alaska

8. South Dakota

9. Kentucky

10. Florida

“These states are the least economically developed in the country. Researchers also found 9 out of the 10, overall state spending was higher than less corrupt states. Attacking corruption, researchers argue, could be a good way to bring down state spending without hurting services that people need.”

“Spending in these states was different than their less corrupt counterparts. The report, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Refusing to accept federal funds for implementing the A.C.A. just to spite the President is Governor Bryant’s answer to DC, and a zero for our less fortunate citizens who are without health care except emergency rooms. Am I the only one who is weary of the Governor of our state, sworn to work FOR the citizens continually refusing to take “YES” for an answer?!?

Google is a great resource for research on facts and fantasies.

Snopes.com is my best friend. Lawrence Lessing is my new #1 hero and wolf-pac.com is working to negate the desasterous decisions of a SCOTUS gone wild.

I urge everyone to take advantage of the above resources to learn the facts for yourselves before Net Nutrality takes its last breath and is shut down.

Finally, I have quoted liberly from the June 10, 2014 Fortune article, “The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.” I am grateful for the article and mortified that finally, at long last, WE’RE #1.

LuAnne Parrish


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  • Ells Worth

    just shows that you cannot get away with corruption in Mississippi.