...interesting to compare this index (which has its problems, no doubt) to G20 economic powers list.
and then there is my home state of Illinois, once again demonstrating its commitment to fairness and good policy as our Governor has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.
Chicago Tribune reports a source said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken
into federal custody at his North Side home this morning. The U.S.
attorney's office would not confirm the information, and a spokesman for the
governor did not immediately return a phone call for comment. A three-year
federal corruption investigation of pay-to-play politics in Gov. Rod
Blagojevich's administration has expanded to include his impending selection
of a new U.S. senator to succeed President-elect Barack Obama, the Tribune
has learned. Federal authorities got approval from a judge before the
November general election to secretly record the governor, sources told the
Tribune, and among their concerns was whether the selection process might be
tainted. That possibility has become a focus in an intensifying
investigation that has included recordings of the governor and the
cooperation of one of his closest friends. The governor has not been accused
of any wrongdoing. The specific contents of the recent recordings have not
been disclosed. Blagojevich has said the appointment of a Senate successor,
which is his choice alone, could come in a matter of weeks.