The amount of corruption in our government, epitomized by the ongoing Abramoff scandal, amazes me. Even more, i'm continually amazed at how blase we are about this corruption. And I'm not sure if this blase attitude results from indifference, reluctant acceptance or ignorance - probably all three play a role.
Some level of corruption is natural in any democracy, but I have faith that technology and process can help reduce it. The key is transparency .... knowing where the money is. I'm willing to bet that Abramoff wouldn't have been caught 30 years ago.