Here, in Canada, we’re in the middle of a political scandal, where some Conservative party senators appear to have tried to scam the system and claim housing expenses which they shouldn’t. And on top of it, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff gave one of them the money ($90,000Can) to pay it back so that the investigation would stop (hmmm, ulterior motive there?). Of course, the senators are saying that the rules weren’t clear and that they just made a mistake. And yet the one who was given the money actually said he took out a bank loan to pay it back. He appears to be piling lie upon lie.
What concerns me, apart from the basic dishonesty, is how divorced from the rest of us these people are. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars in false claims.
For crying out loud, $90,000 is a LOT of money to most of us. How many of us could come up with that to GIVE to a co-worker to help them out of a debt?
Almost daily I see and hear things that remind me that our society has gone deep diving into an ocean of narcissism. It’s becoming a world of ‘me first’, of ‘I deserve to have whatever I want’, of ‘what I want is more important than what you want’.
In the US, the IRS commissioner resigned a couple of days ago for unfairly targeting organizations because of their politics. In Connecticut, a sting operation uncovered that some the state politicians are for sale. I just can’t resist this quote, “A local politician is a $100 whore, a state politician is a $1,000 whore, and a national politician is a $10,000 whore,” says Ray Soucy.
In France, the former budget minister recently admitted to lying about a secret bank account to evade taxes.
In Britain, the defence minister took his buddy on government trips and says he ‘mistakenly’ blurred the lines between his personal interests and his government interests. About six months ago, there was the same sort of housing scandal in Britain that we’re experiencing here in Canada.
What hope do we have that these people can actually understand and empathize with our plight, much less actually stand up for us?
All of us poor souls around the world that are affected by the US outdated concept of citizenship-based taxation have to rely on our governments to protect us.
What are the chances these corrupt, narcissistic people will champion our cause, will save us from the united states of arrogance? What are the chances they even give a crap?
Yes, I know there are honest, caring, law-abiding people in government service. What I don’t know is if there are still enough of these people that they can stem the tsunami of self-interest that seems to be growing stronger every day.