the problem goes well beyond corruption and cuts to the heart of the political systems of most of Southern Europe, in which politicians have traditionally offered citizens state-financed work in exchange for votes.
“The problem here is political,” said Mr. Varano, as he looked out at Sicily across the Strait of Messina from Reggio Calabria. “Once the South was a reservoir of manpower, but in the ’70s, there was an exchange: It became a big reservoir of consensus,” he added, referring to the votes from Calabria that have helped every government of the last 25 years stay in power.
To secure those votes, governments “needed to spend money, not for investment and development, but in a clientelistic way,” he said.WHY DOESN'T THE NYTIMES COMDEMN THE SAME CORRUPT POLITICAL PRACTICES HERE IN DC?!?
COULD IT BE BECAUSE IT'S LARGELY RUN BY THEIR PALS IN DEMOCRAT PARTY?!?!?
IT IS THE "JOBS FOR VOTES CULTURE" THAT BANKRUPTED THE EU AND THE USA - AND NOT BUSH TAX CUTS OR TWO "UNFUNDED" WARS.
UPDATE: THIS IS HOW THE SOCIALIST STATE-DEPENDENCY VOTE SCHEME WORKS IN SCOTLAND.