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10 Most Shocking Recent US Political Scandals

Year in and year out, the media and American public are treated with juicy, shocking stories of scandals in the land of politics. Political scandals are so prevalent in the modern era, in fact, that t

Year in and year out, the media and American public are treated with juicy, shocking stories of scandals in the land of politics. Political scandals are so prevalent in the modern era, in fact, that they’re becoming shockingly expected when they happen. It has come to the point where the American public simply shrugs when the latest sex scandal breaks the airwaves, and we say things like, “I knew that guy was bad news,” or something along those lines.

Political scandals have been a fixture to our institution of government for as long as we’ve been a country (and far longer, of course). When they happen to the highest public servants in the country, it really gives us a glimpse inside the goings-on and corruption of our bureaucratic system. What could these people have been thinking, being the most watched and analyzed celebrities on the biggest stage in politics?

Whether you’re a democrat or republican, independent, far-left liberal or ultra conservative, libertarian, capitalist, socialist, fascist... there are certainly some cringe-worthy stories in recent past for just about everyone. These scandals involve the entire gamut of corruption: from sex scandals to drug scandals, misconduct with taxpayer money, lying, financial gain from campaign money, etc. You name it, and some stupid politician has either thought about it, or done it and gotten caught.

Some of these disgraces are underreported, while some scandalmongers can’t seem to escape the media’s tunnel vision, becoming little more than caricatures of themselves on late-night comedy (see: Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor), since the joke possibilities are endless. The truth of the matter is that this is a serious epidemic in our broken system of governance, and for that reason we’d like to shed some light on the top scandals of recent history, ranked in terms of overall severity and implication to the American people.

10 Chris Christie

9 Trey Radel

8 Bob McDonnell

7 Anthony Weiner

6 Bob Filner

5 Jesse Jackson, Jr.

4 Kwame Kilpatrick

3 Ed Snowden, NSA

2 Eric Holder, Fast and Furious Scandal

1 IRS Wasteful Spending

One of the most damning and disgraceful scandals for American taxpayers comes at the hands of the IRS. The point is that government bureaucrats and agencies spend our hard-earned money endlessly, and even if this particular scandal was a “drop in the bucket” money-wise, the government is solely funded by workers in the private sector, and they should act on our behalf. The IRS spent $50 million on wasteful conferences between 2010 and 2012, and spent $50,000 of taxpayer money on two parody videos. They spent thousands on IRS employee hotels and benefits. Tax reform will take a backseat while this bipartisan disgrace is investigated. Things like this are what fuel American taxpayer’s disillusionment with the federal government.

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