Nonsense. That sort of Marxist wet dream has never happened anyplace at the scale of nations. This country was founded to wrest control away from the rich and powerful in England and give it to the rich and powerful over here. The only role the working man played in the revolution was cannon fodder.
The idea of abuse of power in government didn't really take off in this country until the Watergate scandal. After that, the genie was out of the bottle and the government has never been able to fully regain the people's trust. Before that, anyone who thought the government might not have our best interests at heart was generally regarded as a kook.
Actually, the report that article links to lists the figure as 2-8%, not 2-5%. And the problem with that figure, as with all such figures for false accusations, is that that is the percentage of people who get caught making false accusations. It doesn't include the people who successfully get away with it. The actual percentage of false accusations is necessarily going to be higher, since the successful ones are never counted as false accusations.
Similarly, there are "all sorts of clues" when someone does it badly. Those naturally wouldn't be there if someone was doing it well.
The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings. “This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.”
Once again more evidence that we the voters must replace as many of these crooks, from both parties, as we can.
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