In a land far, far away, they worked hard to stop corrupt practices. They set-up an Anti-Graft Agency. They had Parliamentary Committees to examine transactions. They had Integrity Units in every organisation. They increased penalties including death sentence for some. They taught in schools “Moral Studies” and why corruption will drain an economy. They had religious leaders giving sermons on the wayward ways which is not right in the sight of their Creator. They had award ceremonies for those who “saved” an organisation from corruption. They implemented “Whistle Blowers Act” but many who blew their whistles ended up in jail or exiled like Edward Snowden.
Their leader committed the biggest heist on the nation. But he claimed it was a donation from a very friendly leader. His supporters said it was not corruption because the funds were for the poor and needy, including designer handbags and jewellery for his wife. Poor wife, what tribulation? The courts were told to find ways to drop the charges.
What would they do now? They thought hard and said, “Let’s embrace corruption”. It increases domestic consumption if goods are purchased like a Bentley or a Rolls Royce. The crime is to keep it (corrupt funds) in a bank. Money laundering is only applicable if for some reason funds obtained are kept in banks or saved in a suitcase or safe deposit box. If it is spent then there is economic growth. That is economic theory 101.
It is better than “helicopter” money – printing and distributing currency to the poor. Because if printing is required, then it is better to give the printing machines to the poor. That whole process may end up like Zimbabwe. So, that’s not on! Hyper-inflation is not for us!
So they went ahead with a campaign on corruption, why it is so good! Everyone wins! We will have corruption awards and even a “Corruption Day Holiday”, so everyone enjoys the benefit. The land moved up the ranks to be No. 1 corrupt nation on the planet. Many other leaders came to learn the “joys of corruption”. And everybody lived happily ever after.
(The above article is entirely fabricated. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental and not intended to be or construed to be as facts. As the purpose is to entertain or amuse, no malice is intended on anyone or anything.)