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“We have met the enemy and… “

Like many, I wake up each morning and check online news sources for the latest read on the health of our nation. Like the addictive eater I am, I gobble up the latest ethical transgression, human rights abuse, crony favor, or governmental misbehavior. This menu of public service abuses sets the baseline for my thoughts, mood, and conversations for the day and I take satisfaction in thinking how right I am and how wrong so many of my fellow citizens are. It’s like scanning the country’s electronic medical record so I can keep up-to-date on its wellbeing. But then I remember that it’s rarely the acute medical event that ends our lives. The heart attack, accident trauma, or stroke may …
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Corruption at Home

We call out corruption in our partner nations yet are myopic to how corruption threatens our own. It’s time for us to acknowledge how deeply corruption is taking root here at home. Our seventy-four thousand-page tax code has become a collection of special favors to powerful interests, incomprehensible to all but costly accountants and tax attorneys. To add insult to injury, three hundred and sixty-seven of the Fortune 500 operate tax subsidiaries in foreign tax havens. Apple has booked nearly two hundred and fifteen billion dollars in sales offshore to avoid slightly more than sixty-five billion in U.S. taxes. Pharma has flooded the nation with opiates, making illegal drug cartels look like amateurs. Law enforcement hunts down street dealers and …
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