Bri,there is a fundamental Q here.Does corruption affect you in your daily life? In India absolutely yes.We have to bribe our way to get our basic utilities like water,telephones (much less now after the advent of pvt. cell-phone companies),electricity,etc.If you up the ladder for permissions for buildings,licences for hotels,etc.,unless you pay the price there is no go.Forget about the police,I can vouch from personal experience! This kind of corruption is not found in developed nations at all,barring the odd case.There would be public outrage if "baksheesh" demands were made of the public in western develeoped nations.Corruption here does exist,but is at a much higher invisible level,like the pay-offs to Tony Blair for his unstinted support for the invasion of Iraq,where he is raking in the millions on the lecture circuit giving talks at times to obscure organisations for fat fees.Other PMs like Major,etc. get lucrative directorships or consultancies with the most octopi-like entities like the Carlyle Group,just a few details below:
(According to a 2011 ranking called the PEI 300 based on capital raised over the last five years, Carlyle was ranked as the third largest private equity firm in the world, after TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area. Carlyle had been ranked first in the 2007 listing.
In 2010, the Financial Times announced that Carlyle Group is the private equity firm of the year.
Carlyle reported assets in excess of $150 billion under management diversified over 84 distinct funds.According to a 2011 ranking called the PEI 300 based on capital raised over the last five years, Carlyle was ranked as the third largest private equity firm in the world, after TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area. Carlyle had been ranked first in the 2007 listing.
In 2010, the Financial Times announced that Carlyle Group is the private equity firm of the year.)
Prominent personalities of the group.
Notable current and former employees and advisorshttp://www.informationclearinghouse.inf ... le3995.htm
G. Allen Andreas - Chairman of the Archer Daniels Midland Company, Carlyle European Advisory Board
Daniel Akerson -Board member at 7 companies, Managing director at Carlyle
Joaquin Avila - former managing director at Lehman Brothers, Managing director at Carlyle
Laurent Beaudoin - CEO of Bombardier (1979-), former member of Carlyle’s Canadian Advisory board
Peter Cornelius - Managing Director of Nielsen Australia.
Paul Desmarais - Chairman of the Power Corporation of Canada, former member of Carlyle’s Canadian Advisory board
David M. Moffett - CEO of Freddie Mac, Former Senior advisor to the Carlyle
Karl Otto Pöhl - former President of the Bundesbank, Former Senior advisor to the Carlyle Group
Olivier Sarkozy (half-brother of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France) - co-head and managing director of its recently launched global financial services division, since March 2008.
 Political figures
 North America
James Baker III, former United States Secretary of State under George H. W. Bush, Staff member under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Carlyle Senior Counselor, served in this capacity from 1993 to 2005.
George H. W. Bush, former U.S. President, Senior Advisor to the Carlyle Asia Advisory Board from April 1998 to October 2003.
Frank C. Carlucci, former United States Secretary of Defense from 1987 to 1989; Carlyle Chairman and Chairman Emeritus from 1989 to 2005.
Arthur Levitt, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under President Bill Clinton, Carlyle Senior Advisor from 2001 to the present
Luis Téllez Kuenzler, Mexican economist, former Secretary of Communications and Transportation under the Felipe Calderón administration and former Secretary of Energy under the Zedillo administration.
Frank McKenna, former Premier of New Brunswick, Canadian Ambassador to the United States between 2005 and 2006 and current Deputee Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank; served on Carlyle's Canadian advisory board.
Mack McLarty, Carlyle Group Senior Advisor (from 2003), White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1994.
Randal K. Quarles, former Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President George W. Bush, now a Carlyle managing director
John Major, former British Prime Minister, Chairman, Carlyle Europe from 2001 - 2004
Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand (twice), former member of the Carlyle Asia Advisory Board until the board was disbanded in 2004
Fidel V. Ramos, former president of the Philippines, Carlyle Asia Advisor Board Member until the board was disbanded in 2004
Peter Chung, former associate at Carlyle Group Korea, who resigned in 2001 after 2 weeks on the job after his infamous email scandal
Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister of Thailand (twice), former member of the Carlyle Asia Advisory Board until 2001 when he resigned upon being elected Prime Minister.
Norman Pearlstine - editor-in-chief of Time magazine from (1995–2005), senior advisor telecommunications and media group 2006-
This program was broadcast on VPRO Netherlands TV:
Exposed: The Carlyle Group
Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy.
I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.