Diary

Covering For Barry

Funny how everyone knows without thinking about it for very long and hard which states have the most corrupt government officials and scandals. Of course we think of Illinois, Louisiana, and New Jersey to name a few; but now the New York Times has a story using some lame formula to come up with a bevy of red states that are “more” corrupt than Barry’s Illinois.

In a Department of Justice tally covering the last decade, Florida wins by its sheer number of guilty. The report, released last week, itemizes convictions in federal public corruption cases at local, state and federal levels in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and three United States territories.

Illinois ranks only seventh, with 502 convictions. At the squeaky-clean end of the scale, Nebraska barely managed an average of about one guilty official per year.

But the bigger the state, generally, the more officials it has, criminal or otherwise. So places like Florida, New York and Texas pile up big numbers.

Now while I don’t doubt that Florida and Texas have their fair share of weasels in the state legislature, answer this question; when is the last major scandal to come out of one of these states that the Times article sites? Then they really go out on a limb with the per capita formula.

A better measure, perhaps, showing how many convicted officials are produced for every one million constituents. Seems fair – unless you’re North Dakota

North Dakota? Are you kidding me? Looks like the Times will be leading the charge to try and put forth the perception that Barry’s Illinois isn’t so corrupt after all.