Will 2012 be the year of voter revolt against corruption?
As almost the entire world continues to struggle with a seemingly endless recession, the public has turned to government for answers. In nation after nation, public officials have been slow to respond, or in many cases, too close to the wealthy interests to provide meaningful reforms for average citizens. Rather than fixing problems or stimulating the economy, governments have bailed out bankers and allowed the rich to dodge paying for their fair share of the tax burden. The corruption has led to lopsided policies, in which the lower- and middle-class people have been forced to swallow the lion's share of spending cuts, tax increases, and pension reductions.