American Living In Cambodia Makes Good Point About Corruption In USA And Barbados

We love what the internet has done for the international communication of ideas – not just information.

People from all over the world visit Barbados Free Press every day. Some stumble onto BFP through a chance hit on a search engine like Google or Yahoo, while others include us in their daily rounds for some unknown reason. (Hello US Air Force at Kadena Airbase, Japan! Maybe you’re a Bajan in the USAF? We don’t know why you visit us every few days, but we loved the air-to-air photos. Thanks.)

We have a standing Google search out there for “Barbados + Corruption” and last night it returned an article from Arie Goes To Cambodia – a blog by a New Yorker who moved to Cambodia of all places.

Arie talks about different kinds and levels of corruption and chides his home country – the USA – for being “barely above Barbados and Estonia” on the Transparency International Perception of Corruption scale. He also makes a good point that corruption is the natural enemy of foreign investment in developing countries.

Will The DLP Follow Through With Promised Anti-Corruption Legislation?

The article is a good read, and Arie has me wondering if the DLP will follow through with their promised Integrity and Conflict Of Interest Legislation. We know that Prime Minister Arthur has announced that the BLP doesn’t think anti-corruption legislation is necessary in Barbados because every BLP member and politician is honest. (Hey… that’s pretty well what he said, ya know! But did you really expect anything different?)

Here’s a small sample from Arie Goes To Cambodia blog…

… In the U.S., corruption just means the government wastes half a trillion dollars a year or so on unnecessary projects, taxes are higher, schools aren’t as good, crime is a little higher, and a lot of undeserving people get rich. Here in the developing world, corruption means people are starving to death, or dying because they can’t get medical care, or that innocent people are serving life sentences in prisons.

I guess it took a long time for us to realize how serious the problem of corruption is, and now maybe we can start to do something about it.

Incidentally, shout out to a certain party that recently won a major victory in an election where voters identified government corruption as one of their top concerns, and then immediately watered down their anti-corruption bill. Most parties would have waited until they were at least actually in control of the government before selling out their supporters, but not these guys. You know who you are. Well done.

Read the full article at Arie Goes To Cambodia.

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