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  • Tom Boyd


Transparency International (TI) seeks to provide reliable quantitative diagnostic tools regarding levels of transparency and corruption, both at global and local levels.

The annual TI Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), first released in 1995, is the best known of TI’s tools. It has been widely credited for putting TI and the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda. The CPI ranks more than 150 countries in terms of perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

# 24 is the USA. In 2000 the USA was #14. All the English speaking counties; New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Ireland (sort of English speaking), United Kingdom, Hong Kong, ranked ahead of the USA. Not to mention the Germans and all the Scandinavians. We did beat France, Italy and China (ranked #78, tied with Colombia, Greece, Serbia and others).

What has happened to us since 2000 that caused such slippage? Bankers, Brokers and politicians.

My twist on an old joke.

The daughter comes home and tells her father she has a great well-paying job in a brothel. He rants on and screams at her for taking such employment and bringing disgrace to the family. She gives him money and he stops and thinks a bit and then states “oh that is ok then, I thought for a minute that you said you worked in a bank.”

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