This video is great. It reports on an estimate made of the Illinois government’s unnecessary spending by convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich: $14.4 billion. He received a sentence of 14 years in prison: about one year for each billion dollars.
The story is about his corruption, but what is interesting is that most of the costs were imposed by bonds: $10 billion. Fact: voters voted for these bonds. The report never mentions this.
Another study concludes that 3 Illinois politicians or their cronies have been convicted each month for 40 years. (The study should have gone back 100 years.)
Blago was a big spender. He ran huge deficits. The TV report calls this corruption, which it was. It was welfare-state crony capitalism, which is also known as Keynesianism.
He was not convicted for his Keynesianism. He was convicted for having tried to sell a political office. The “outrage” was that he got caught doing the sort of thing that politicians have done for a century. The offices are always for sale. Votes are always for sale. What was illegal is that Blago asked for payment in advance. This is illegal.
The welfare state politics is a popular way to buy votes. It is the almost universally approved politics of the modern world. It is morally corrupt. The corruption begins with the corruption in the hearts of the voters.