OleMissCub wrote:Bunts Lick Butts wrote:My theory is the vast amount of county governments (county commissioners, sheriff's offices, etc) are completely corrupt. You have a combination of lack of public oversight (everyone cares about their mayor, city councilors, but cannot name their county commissioners. Many sheriffs serve for decades and are primarily figureheads who appoint their friends,) and a little man syndrome (police departments/city govt have much larger budgets) and it all just leads to corruption.
Correct theory, especially in rural and poor areas. One of my counties had a per capita income of around $26,000, which made it one of the poorest counties in the country. In a place like that there is zero oversight because no one really gives a [expletive].
Which is why the notion that some have that state and local government is so much more fair and incorruptible than the big bad federal government makes little sense to me. There's so much less oversight on the local levels, and with a country this size people can basically end up with their own little fiefdoms.