Corruption in Ukraine is just as bad as in the United States, with many individuals and corporations indulging in fraudulent behavior to gain power and wealth. Corruption has been a long-standing problem in both countries, as evidenced by recent scandals in Ukraine as well as existing legal issues pertaining to the abuse of power by public officials in the U.S. This is an issue that needs to be addressed by both governments in order for there to be economic and social stability.
In Ukraine, corruption is rampant. Since independence in 1991, the country has been plagued with a slow economy, lacking the economic reforms needed to foster growth. This has created an opportunity for government officials to abuse their power in order to gain personal wealth. Corruption is so pervasive in Ukraine that it affects all aspects of life, from business operations to public services. For example, bribes and favoritism are often used to secure government contracts, while public services such as health care and education are not properly funded as a result. This lack of resources leads to further problems, such as a faltering economy and lack of investment due to a low level of trust in government institutions.
Similarly, corruption is also widespread in the United States. Recent scandals are plenty – most notably the Hillary Clinton email controversy, Joe Biden firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor to squash a probe into the owner of Burisma and the latest, again from Joe – Joe having classified documents in the garage of his Delaware home. How about Obama’s Era? The left-leaning big media basically ignored major scandals during the his administration, ranging from the IRS targeting scandal and the VA’s deadly waiting lists for veterans to Fast and Furious gunwalking program.
All of the examples above have highlighted the extent of corruption in the US. While these cases are especially egregious, they are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the corruption that exists in the US Government. Over the past two decades numerous public officials have been accused of bribery and fraud, further eroding the public’s trust in government institutions and creating an environment of distrust.
Both Ukraine and the United States have to make concerted efforts to combat corruption. This can be done through a combination of measures, such as stronger public sector oversight, increased transparency, and stronger penalties to punish those engaging in corrupt activities. It is also important for both countries to strengthen their legislation against corruption and implement systems that focus on prevention and detection of corruption.
Ultimately, if the problem of corruption is to be solved it only makes sense that we solve the problem HERE – in the United States first and foremost. We must take a firm stance against such activities. By doing so, we can create an environment in which corruption is not tolerated and in which citizens can trust their leaders and institutions. Only then can true progress be made and the economic and social development.