Essay: CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS: Who Can Afford to Be Honest?

THE U.S. Congress consists of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives from every state and every social background, ranging from millionaire to former coal miner. There is no reason to assume that this body includes a greater number of crooks than any other comparable sample of 535 Americans. But is that good enough? The U.S. voter takes a fairly cynical view of politicians, more or less expecting them to be up to their campaign buttons in patronage and various forms of skulduggery. But at the same time, he also expects (or wants) them to be above the more blatant forms of corruption....

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