By Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson
Public money spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes filled with embezzled funds. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' tradition of "Where's mine?" and the general public apathy it engenders has made our nation and native politics a disgrace.
In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take goal at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers via a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to demonstrate how generations of chicanery have undermined religion in, and desire for, sincere executive. From there, they lay out tips on how to enforce institutional reforms that offer responsibility and remove the favoritism, sweetheart offers, and conflicts of curiosity corroding our civic life.
Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to remodel our politics from a pay-to-play–driven industry into what it may be: an device of public stable.
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We can, if we wish, write down our definitions in symbolic form from the income aspect, so that we have Yr=F+Sr+Tdr where F denotes factor incomes less undistributed income of firms and direct taxation on firms; Sr, at stated above, denotes firms' saving, that is, undistributed income of firms after direct tax (but National income accounts: government activity 55 without deducting depreciation) and Tdf denotes direct tax payable by firms. This identity thus repeats in algebraic form the definition given in words on page 52.
It seems, however, not unreasonable to regard expenditure that results in relatively transitory benefits-and this should surely include most weapons, on which the rate of obsolescence is likely to be very high-as current-that is, as consumption or 'current expenditure' by government, even if the units produced will last for a year or two beyond the end of the accounting period. At the time of writing, expenditure on buildings and equipment for the fighting services (but not for the Civil Defence Service) is, in the United Kingdom, treated as current expenditure, though an exception is made in the case, for National income accounts : government activity 49 example, of permanent married quarters for members of the armed forces.
We will also take this opportunity of bringing the accounts a little closer to current practice by assuming that while 'payments' for factor services remain at 100, 10 of this amount is the undistributed profit of corporate business. This is shown as saving in firms account, leaving 90 'paid' to households. ) We shall find that the net effect of these changes is to bring households' saving down to 8, and total saving (that is, including saving of 10 by corporate business in the firms sector) to 18.
Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson