Korean lessons

I’m not talking about learning the language. Korea is going through a massive change in governance as a result of exposed corruption at the top levels. Today three nominees for Prime Minister all had to resign their campaigns because of new revelations:

As just one of the men said, “I feel really sorry for causing trouble to all the people with my own problems,” Kim said in a nationally televised announcement. “I’m resigning from the post today with the thought that I should no longer be an obstacle to President Lee Myung-bak in his carrying out of state affairs.”

And in the U.S.? Let’s not even go to the corrupt, lying heads of insurance, banks, healthcare and other “free market” enterprises that flout laws with no consequence other than monetary rewards. They make crime pay, in spades. Let’s just stick with the obvious recent examples from our own corrupt political class such as Rep. Charles Rangel.

Speaking at a political forum in Harlem on Monday night, Rep. Charlie Rangel appeared to sharpen his public defiance of President Obama’s suggestion that he retire “with dignity” over his ethics woes, The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro reports:

“Frankly, he has not been around long enough to determine what my dignity is,” Mr. Rangel said of the 49-year-old Mr. Obama. “For the next two years, I will be more likely to protect his dignity.”

I find it just as odious that Pres. Obama wants Rep. Rangel to “retire with dignity” rather than be prosecuted for criminal activity as Rangel’s tit-for-tat response.

Both are sign of deep trouble.

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