Politicians accepting bribes, indulging in nepotism, swindling from the state treasury, going back on their election promises and claiming subsidies despite being multi-millionaires may seem like something that can only happen in a backward, third world nation right? Guess what, all that and more is happening in countries like the US and UK too! Here are a few examples of how politicians in the free world” are screwing voters.
1. Accepting “bribes”
After Sandy Hook, 90% of all American voters wanted stricter gun-control laws. But thanks to the pro-gun lobby, only 3 senators in the American senate voted in favor of stricter gun control laws. All the senators who voted “no” on the proposal to make changes to the existing policies received several thousand dollars from the pro-gun lobby!
2. Siphoning money from the taxpayer
David Cameron earns around £142k. Other politicians probably earn more than this in the form of campaign contributions and money from their lobbyists. Yet, there have been examples where British MPs were found to have paid for items like moat cleaning expenses, payment for tons of manure, a personal duck house etc. out of taxpayers’ money!
3. Promoting Nepotism
When Kim Jong-Il died and left Kim Jong-Un the leader of North Korea for no other reason than because he was his son, the West called it a blazon display of nepotism. Yet, when more than 82 lawmakers in the US were found to have diverted party and public funds to their relatives and handing out lucrative jobs to their kinsmen despite them no having the requisite qualification, the government left it to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington watchdog, to raise objections.
4. Not respecting what the voters think
A recent US poll revealed that at the moment, 91% voters want stricter gun control, 87% want federal corruption to be investigated, 50% want marijuana to be legalized and 53% support gay marriage. At the moment, the US government doesn’t even consider these issues to be important enough to be paid any attention to. Even though these are the issues the general public considers important and pressing, the lawmakers aren’t even considering talking about them at all.