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Government Corruption

Politicians are fully aware of the corruption and nepotism as the main reasons behind the fall of Roman empire, the French Revolution, October Revolution in Russia, fall of Chiang Kai-Shek Government on the mainland of China and even the defeat of the mighty Congress party in India. But they are not ready to take any lesson from the pages of history. When the economy goes down or when business seems to be failing, one starts to look out for other opportunities which can be safe and profitable as well. For some people doing business with the Government starts to look more attractive. Government Contracting has become an excellent market to explore. A government contractor is a private company producing goods or services under contract for the government. Though there is a huge set of rules and regulations being followed but most of it covers a whole range of situations that won’t apply at once. The rules related with government contracting are contained in a document with more than 1,000 pages, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

The hardest part to become a government contractor is that a completely different kind of accounting system is required which provides pricing in the right formats, with sufficient justification for Government Contracting. No business is easy to start with. With experience in Government Contracting, it becomes easy to know whom to contact, who the competition is, and how to monitor business opportunities. Government Corruption in America has weakened the faith of the American public as more and more people do not trust the integrity of the legislative and the executive branches of the government. Lack of ethics, human greed, and misuse of power are the main causes of corruption. From a government official, who takes bribe by handing down a contract, to a policeman taking money for letting a driver off on a traffic violation, corruption has become rampant in most of the American States today.

Raising your voice against corrupt individuals, especially government officials, sometimes led to abuse, torture, false allegations, and even jail. This is because corrupt government officials have enough power to stop anyone from raising their voice against it. Near the end of the middle Ages, corruption in the Catholic Church was a serious dilemma. Members of the clergy were supposed to be well educated, but many priests were illiterate and barely knew how to perform common religious services. Also, priest and nuns in spite of taking vows of chastity engaged in sexual relationships. Even the popes, innocent VIII and Alexander VI, fathered and raised children. Many of the abbots and bishops exploited their positions to lead lives of luxury and leisure. They resembled princes before humble servants of god. The cardinals of Rome lived in magnificent palaces and wore jewel-encrusted gold robes. The most profitable and controversial of the corrupt practices used to raise money for the Church was the selling of indulgences. In the beginning, an indulgence was just a certificate given by the pope to a person whose sins had been forgiven. This certificate was intended to cancel some or all of the punishment a person would suffer after death for their sins. Though it was never officially stated by the church, many members of clergy taught that salvation was attained simply through the purchase of enough indulgences.