Re the July 16 article Ax had seemed ready to fall on David Rivera: This detailed and enlightening report about U.S. Rep. David Rivera’s questionable financial maneuverings shows us a microcosm of our political system in Washington and elsewhere. It’s a political system that, while everyone agrees is broken, no one at the individual level seems courageous enough to address.
Once elected, politicians forget whom they are supposed to serve and enact laws that will benefit their own standing and according to their ideology, not necessarily their electorate’s need.
Asking such legislators to police themselves by enacting stronger electoral regulations is akin to asking the foxes to guard the henhouses, leading to the self-perpetuating nature of the issue.
Over represented by the business sector, Republicans use their knowledge of tax loopholes and other creative business schemes for personal benefit — not necessarily that of their constituents.
Law-enforcement agencies at the city and state levels often lack the accounting sophistication and legal knowledge required to unravel the purposeful intricacies of expert white collar crime.
By the time potential wrongdoing is uncovered, precious little time is left to investigate, let alone prosecute, culprits.
In high-profile cases, political considerations at the district attorney’s level might cause the office to drag its feet, allowing the two-year statute of limitations to serve as an excuse to remain neutral in its response.
Culprits will go unpunished, and we will continue to see a deteriorating political system that works only for those clever enough to navigate this unregulated — and broken — system.