This is Mrs. Mitch McConnell.

There was a study published by the Justice Department during the Carter Administration, and boy, do I wish I still had my copy. But I remember enough to know that they estimated the costs of public corruption at 30% of public expenditures.

That was back in the old days, when people were actually ashamed of stealing taxpayer money and tried to cover it up.

That means your tax bills are higher to cover the costs of corruption. It means your local schools are being shortchanged, and roads and bridges aren’t being repaired.

I know a lot of people who say, “I don’t care for politics, I don’t follow that stuff.”

Can you really afford not to?

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