michaels39301 Wrote: One exception to what you said here Dutch, they (Russians & Chinese) might surpass us in number of wealthy leaders, but I guarantee you it is NOT honestly earned money. Either by scams, or paying factory workers a whopping $1-2/day, or some other underhanded method, this is how they come to such wealth. Maybe they have one or two such folks that might have invented some major product for them, like a nuclear bomb or rocket technology, but the real "earners" of such massive wealth are only a minute factor among the millions of their residents. Very much like it is here.
jamesn Wrote: united you say that..."Bribes are illegal in any other government in the world"...
You don't think that bribary doesn't happen in other governments, do you? It happens everywhere, all over the globe, it's just that American politicians have pretty much legalized it.
When Hugo Chavez died he reportedly had 11 billion in assets and do you think he acquired all of that legally? Of course not. Chavez was the poor peoples president. He believed in spreading the wealth. His rules did not apply to himself apparently.
johnnycee Wrote: Does anyone know when the lobbyist became such a strong influence in our government and why it is not illegal, because it is essentialy influence peddling at best but more then likely a form of bribery. I can remember Spiro Agnew losing his Vice-President position as a result of accepting bribes, he resigned in disgrace and then became a Lobbyist for the oil cartels , the very group he was found to be accepting bribes from while Vice-President!