OK, which country is really corrupt

I am pretty used to getting jumped on here when I assert that Nicaragua has small corruption compared to countries such as the US. Well, there is at least one other person who agrees with me.

Top 10 ways the US is the most corrupt country in the world, an RSN article, seems to agree with me as do most of the reader comments.

Maybe it is all wrong. Let us know.

While it is true that you don't typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US, in many key ways America's political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $16 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands.

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just look at our..

elacted people to the house and senate..how many come out much richer than they go in..i personally like the system here..1 of the big reasons i live here

Liking the system does not make it any less corrupt.

Fyl,

IMO, you get jumped on for posting anti American articles with a weak link over to Nicaragua as some kind of justification for posting it in the first place.

If you want to discuss corruption in Nicaragua it needs no such lead in.

Your assertion that Nicaragua has small corruption compared to countries such as the US is ridiculous.

Compare it to the rest of the region or a similar sized country, population and status and its not small at all.

Nobody is really agreeing with you in the sense of "My God Fyl, you're right", its just that you are all on the same page in your thinking.

Nicaragua is rotten to the core. Not a new thing here but then nor is a regime change.

Our readership

You live in Nicaragua but about 60% of NL's reads are from the US. The US version (that is, major US-based media version) of world events tends to significantly differ from most other international coverage. It tends to tell you that the US is better than anywhere else on the planet going out of its way to find reasons this is the case.

Comparisions with the US are not for you or Andy or others who have lived in Nicaragua for years. They are for that 60% who may be considering a move to Nicaragua. Nicaragua is certainly not perfect but for someone who lives in the US and receives the US media version of what it is like in Nicaragua, a bit of enlightenment contrasting Nicaragua with the US seems pretty important.

Sheesh

The opening statement in that opinion article on that website for "contrarians"
Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly "corrupt" always imply that the United States is not corrupt.
is complete nonsense so why read any further? The guy is obviously building a strawman.
Is "enlightenment" a word to describe a statement like that?

The US does not have walls and laws to keep people in - The whole purpose of those is to keep all the people out who want to be there instead of where they are now. Corruption and its effects is relative.

yep it is..

but so is every other country down here..i have lived in guate,hondurus ,el sal..there all corrupt..but aat least im seeing something getting done here..roads, electric and water..to me is important..im not here to save the world..im here for the best quality of life i can get for my money..for me corruption is a nica problem..