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When arguing or attempting to persuade people in an idea you truly believe in, it is important to address the opposing side’s arguments in the case. When it comes to the opposing side, in latent terms, they believe the United States government is not corrupt. And I do know  our government is working on deterring corruption in all fields of the government. I looked on the U.S. Department of State’s website, more specifically, the page titled, “U.S. Government Initiatives to Fight Corruption”. The website can be found at http://www.state.gov/p/inl/rls/fs/13594.htm.

Here are some things the government is doing to deter corruption:

  • The new Millennium Challenge Account (“the Account”) will tie billions of dollars in extra U.S. foreign development assistance over the next three years to, among other factors, the recipient’s commitments to good governance and anticorruption efforts. President George W. Bush, during the March 2002 speech that launched the Account, announced that the governments and NGOs around the world “must encourage developing countries to make the right choices for their own people.” Since “good government is an essential condition of development…[the Account] will reward nations that root out corruption, respect human rights, and adhere to the rule of law.”
  • n January 2002, the United Nations (UN) began negotiations for a global anticorruption convention that will most likely include international standards for governance and prevention, commitments to criminalize certain corrupt behavior, and measures to improve international cooperation among governments in this area. The USG is actively participating in these negotiations, devoting significant effort to the issue of facilitating the recovery of assets that have been transferred abroad by corrupt officials including preventive measures to ensure that assets are not stolen and laundered in the first place.
  • The Second Global Forum held at The Hague in May 2001 was strongly supported by the George W. Bush administration. The President provided a formal written statement and Attorney General Ashcroft led the USG delegation. Over 120 governments were represented at the ministerial level or above. All participants strongly denounced corruption and shared their experience with effective corruption preventive measures during an extensive series of workshops. The USG also sent a delegation to the NGO-sponsored 10th International Anticorruption Conference (IACC), held in Prague in October 2001.

And the list goes on. But as I have been saying, these “attempts” are not enough, and I believe these “attempts” are just other ways our government tries to get us off their backs. I know they have difficult jobs, and I respect the work they do, but they could be doing better. It is up to us, the people to take back the power from the government and put it back into our hands!

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