We feel that Indian politicians are corrupt (and they are) but then the ones in the US are even more so. And smart and stupid at the same time.
William Jefferson, a Congressman from the State of Lousiana, was caught by federal agents with 90,000 US$ stashed in the freezer of his Washington DC home. This was back in 2005. Who the fuck hides money in their freezers.
And recently CNN reports that
Jefferson is the first U.S. official ever charged under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, which prohibits corporate bribery.
The charges are based on 11 schemes in which Jefferson allegedly solicited bribes for himself and his family from government and business officials in the United States, Nigeria, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome e Principe, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said at an afternoon news conference.
His doings of 2005 did not stop the voters of Lousiana (US’s Bihar) from electing him back into power
Jefferson has denied wrongdoing, and won a ninth congressional term in a December runoff despite the allegations. But the probe already has led to guilty pleas by a Kentucky businessman and a former aide to the congressman.
Is it therefore any wonder that because of such politicians New Orleans is today hardly a shadow of its pre-Katrina days, even though billions of dollars have gone into its reconstruction.
Moral of the story….Indian politicians, you got a tough act to follow. Go global.