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johnnyrocket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:05 PM
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I found the perfect term to describe the Bush Administration!!
Kleptocracy

Kleptocracy (sometimes Cleptocracy) (root: Klepto+cracy = rule by thieves) is a pejorative, informal term for a government so corrupt that no pretense of honesty remains. In a kleptocracy the mechanisms of government are almost entirely devoted to taxing the public at large, or using their control of government processes in order to amass substantial personal fortunes for the rulers and their cronies (collectively, kleptocrats), or to keep said rulers in power.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:09 PM
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1. It's a mixture of Kleptocracy with Malign Neglect
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:17 PM
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2. Yup. I first heard the term when it used to be applied to former
Soviet Republics. I can hardly believe how well it fits US, now...
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:18 PM
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3. Some one posted this a few weeks back
and I like it too.

kakistocracy

SYLLABICATION: kakistocracy
PRONUNCIATION: kk-stkr-s, kk-
NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. kakistocracies
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
ETYMOLOGY: Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad; see caco + cracy.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:18 PM
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4. Sinister, too. Don't fortget sinister.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:19 PM
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5. I like "Corrupt Criminal" myself.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:35 PM
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6. Barney Frank beat you to it. Used it in Congress a couple of
weeks ago. Great minds think alike.
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