10/28/09

Expose the Corruption!

Praise be to investigative journalists! Where would we be without them? If you've been following the Hummel Report (see the link on this page) you realize that what Jim Hummel is uncovering is probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to government corruption, waste and cronyism. The stuff is everywhere, at all levels of government.

Case in point: now that the ProJo's Mike Stanton has uncovered the Central Landfill employee fraud case and the political influence brought to bear on the RI Resource & Recovery Corp, the Attorney General's office has opened up an investigation. Without Stanton's reporting, this would never have seen the light of day.

Yes, it's not at the level of Operation Plunder Dome but rather just an unusual case of political cronyism. But the point to remember, as in the case of the squandered $75 million at the Central Landfill over the past decade, is that it's our money - taxpayers' money - being wasted or ill-used. Plus, all of this breeds a culture of corruption. The more exposure of such doings, the better.