The U.S. ranks 19th out of 176 countries in the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, which is put...

The U.S. ranks 19th out of 176 countries in the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, which is put together by non-profit organization Transparency International. The U.S. achieved a score of 74 out of 100, with zero being "highly corrupt" and 100 "very clean." Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for title of "cleanest" countries while Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan the most corrupt.

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  • Ted Bear
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    ....and we wonder why we can't get a balanced budget out of these traitors?


    They are WAY more dedicated to 'what's in it for me' than they are about 'what's in it for the Republic'.


    God Bless us all.
    5 Dec 2012, 06:37 AM Reply Like
  • Maninder Batra
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    hahahahah!!!!!! WHAT A JOKE!!!!!


    US corruption and fraudulent manipulation of markets dwarfs its GDP and it is 'clean' .... Seekingalpha should not quote studies funded by political interests of the likes of Soros or Open society or Neocon types.


    USA should be rated at par with the most corrupt nations in the world.
    5 Dec 2012, 06:39 AM Reply Like
  • cbc
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    5 Dec 2012, 08:26 AM Reply Like
  • keithrez
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    Not sure what people are complaining about. The top 12 countries, all with a score of 80 and up, are all tiny Western countries with a population < 10m or massive resource rich countries with small relative populations. The US is essentially tied with Japan and the UK, is that so terrible? No one considers those countries as corrupt.
    5 Dec 2012, 08:38 AM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Just keep in mind that we to be in the top 5 20 years ago.


    The last report we had dropped to 24th - so I guess we should be happy to move back up 5 spots. (of course perhaps others just deteriorated more than US).


    And when it comes to corruption, the goal should not be "not so terrible", it should be perfection.
    5 Dec 2012, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • keithrez
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    Aside from the paid for politicians that run the political parties and our country, on a day to day basis, one cannot expect corruption to completely disappear. Even the Norways and Switzerlands of the world are still "only" at 90ish, so they too aren't perfect.


    As long as money and power exist, someone can be paid for, whether it be a bouncer at a club, a maitre d' in a restaurant, a boxer in the ring or a restaurant inspector. Is it right, of course not, but at least it beats when I went from one state to another by car in India and at the border my driver had to pay off some people to get across, or some type of corrupt activity.
    9 Dec 2012, 07:58 AM Reply Like
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