What do crosswalks and corruption in Quebec have in common?
Sadly, they are both roundly ignored.
Few Quebeckers would step off a curb into a crosswalk without looking both ways, it's a sure ticket to the hospital. It's a wonder that municipalities bother painting the lines at all, we'd be better off without the false sense of security.
Why are crosswalks ignored by motorists? Enforcement, or rather the lack thereof. Have you ever heard of anyone getting a ticket for violating the sanctity of a crosswalk? If you did, it's mighty rare, police are just not into it and so crosswalks are roundly ignored by motorists.
It's the same way with corruption, as long as enforcement is virtually non-existent, it will flourish.
I recently returned from a short vacation in the States and was intrigued by how the nightly local and national news was filled with stories about dishonest elected officials being variously charged or being convicted in cases of bribery, misappropriation of funds and other corrupt practices.
Here's just a small sampling of stories about elected officials getting their just rewards for their corrupt practices. Note that all these stories are culled from just one week. Imagine what fifty-two weeks of stories would look like. (Note- most judges in the US are elected.)
Dec1 Dallas City Hall corruption case
Dec2 Pennsylvania judge faces corruption charge
Dec3 New York State Officials Took Payoffs from Equity Fund
Dec3 NY Supreme Court judge convicted of trying to shake down lawyers
Dec3 Former Jersey City Deputy Mayor faces with five federal corruption charges.
Dec3 Georgia judge gets probation, fine for corruption
Dec4 Former Secaucus Mayor arraigned
Dec4 Ohio Judge Charged with Honest Services Mail Fraud
Dec4 Two suspended Levy County commissioners (Fla.) found guilty of federal bribery charges
Dec5 California mayor convicted of voter fraud
Dec5 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official convicted of taking bribes
Dec5 Baltimore Mayor convicted of gift card charge
Dec5 Florida statewide grand jury empanelled to investigate public corruption.