A friend who spends significant time in other countries (Louisiana, for example) says that in some areas, graft and corruption is so rampant they’ve given up on cleaning things up. Instead, they have learned to funnel it in more constructive ways.
For example, those living in a town in need of paved streets might opt to elect the local concrete guy to be the mayor, who then promptly awards all the street construction projects to himself. A couple of years down the line, the village has what it wanted, and so does the mayor. Everybody’s happy.
But not as happy as the men of the village of Lo Prado, Chile. They went and elected themselves a medical doctor as their mayor, and now all the men over 60 years old will get free Viagra.
In the next election, will the women of Lo Prado turn out in record numbers and elect the local distributor for pepper spray and mace?
UPDATE: now the world’s most important news source is weighing in on this as well.