Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Political pragmatism, or Culture of Corruption?

In the following post, the preceding post chronologically,
I challenged those who passed and are praising the
Sunshine Portal legislation, link, to justify the inclusion
of a two year delay in actually opening the portal.

I argue, there is only one reason to include the delay; to give
corrupt and incompetent politicians and public servants an
opportunity to get their acts together before people find out
what they are doing - in effect grandfathering in current and
past corruption and incompetence.

A reader argued that there is an other reason to include the
two year delay; political pragmatism.

Political pragmatism dictates that legislation cannot be passed
if it holds politicians and public servants immediately accountable for their conduct and competence within their public service.

In other words, the delay wasn't included for the purpose of hiding current corruption and incompetence, but for the purpose of giving the legislation any hope at all of passing; had the delay not been included, no legislation could have been passed.

Why can't legislation pass if it doesn't include ample opportunity for the corrupt and incompetent to fix problems and cover tracks?

It would have to be; the fundamental unwillingness of those with power and privilege, to expose the corruption and incompetence they have enabled, and/or to hold any of "their own" honestly accountable for their corruption and incompetence.

The following comes from a post on Cultures of corruption, link.

The culture of corruption exists and is nurtured by the political and economic elites of society. Their political and/or economic status is their passport and visa to power. Personal gains earned through the abuse of their political and economic status is their commonality. This is the reason why, even if they hate each other, they have to protect each other. (emphasis added)
What we are left with is; was the delay included to protect the corrupt and incompetent, or was it included in deference to a culture of corruption that protects the corrupt and the incompetent?

This seems to me, a distinction without a difference.

I hope I have understood and done justice to an opposing point of view. If not, I'll be happy to give it another shot.

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