If any of this is true, it’s time to specifically identify those who are corrupt, remove them from office, and if possible, incarcerate them. Don’t let the beauty of this state be marred by the avarice of Man.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) –We’re number one according to a Harvard study on illegal corruption, which is “private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official in exchange for specific benefits.”
Being number one in this case — a dubious distinction.
The word we heard most often as we told people in downtown Phoenix about the Harvard study saying Arizona is perceived as the most corrupt state:
“I am embarrassed. I’ve been in Arizona for 15 years. That’s embarrassing.
“I’m embarrassed. I’m always embarrassed by the people who are in power who make decisions in this state.. embarrass me on a daily basis.”
Before hanging your head in shame about this study, many people, including political consultant Stan Barnes, are saying the Harvard study is way off base.
“When I think of corruption, I think of the ability to illegally buy your way through a process and I can assure you, that is not done in Arizona.”
Barnes is a former Arizona state legislator, who says the study is just flat out wrong.
“I’ve worked in a lot of states. I’ve served in the legislature in this state and I think Arizona is relatively virginal compared to other states.”
This young man says he believes the corruption label for Arizona, but says he’s hopeful.
“There’s not too much we can do about it though. We gotta stay positive, go to school, teach our kids there’s certain things we should and shouldn’t do.”
We talked to the Governor’s office who said this study was unsubstantiated nonsense.
Want to check out the report for yourself?
Measuring Illegal and Legal Corruption in American States:
Some Results from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Corruption in America Survey