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Corruption Still Alive and Well

Yes, corruption keeps carrying on, as unflinching as a Swiss clockwork, bearing witness of the specious ingenuity of the white knights whose willingness to spout anti-corruption balderdash on us is commensurate only with their resolution to serve their personal interests first.

Indeed, the preposterous anti-corruption bravado of statesmen, high public officials, international civil servants, and, not to be overlooked, the righteous fellows of the non-governmental organizations dedicated to fight corruption...

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areppim line chart and statistics of CPI (corruption perceptions index) median, highest and lowest scores from 1995 to 2017. The index distribution has shifted towards the lower end of the scale along the 22-year period in the chart, exposing the generalized sliding towards a more corrupt environment. The shift affects all countries, including the least corrupt ones, revealing an ongoing albeit slow moral deterioration. The long term trend of the median index heralds loud and clear the triumph of corruption and the decay of probity across the planet.

 

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Portugal: 126% Government Debt

Portuguese government debt (Maastricht debt) keeps riding significantly ahead of Portugal's GDP, especially since June 2011, when right-wing Coelho took office as Prime Minister.

The socialist Costa did not perform much better since he took over on November 2015, notwithstanding his cosmetics sleight used to deceive the credulous...

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Portugueses government debt, 2008-2018

 

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 US Debt Clock 

 

Or about:

  • € 17,911 billion.
  • 106 % of GDP
    (US GDP was $ 19,965.3 billion, as of end of Quarter 1, 2018).
  • $ 63,351 per US citizen.

US Gross Federal Debt. Calibrated from data from US Department of Treasury.

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