That story is from the AP, so I can’t quote it without the morons demanding a US$17.00 fee from me.
The bottom line is: This is fraud on a widespread scale and it’s been institutionalized.
It is fraud as the new way to do business.
The entire damned system has been looted so the sociopaths can keep having their six-figure salaries, keep doing their greedy vanity purchasing, and maintain their worthless egos.
And through TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines, they spread that disease of corruption to everyone:
In 2008, I did a post comparing all of this to the opening episode of Space:1999. Looking back on that post, I can see I didn’t know enough of the situation back then — but I was correct about the key point that all of this is going to explode and threatens everyone.