Blame the Politicians: A Government Failure Approach to Political Ethics

Jimmy holds down the gate at the bank of goodies. He has been selected in a fair vote of all the townsfolk to be the gatekeeper. In the bank, behind the gate, is a vault of various kinds of goodies. These goodies are desirable. They have been collected from the townspeople. The townspeople have put their trust in Jimmy to select only the fairest, wisest, and most stupendous of the townspeople to sometimes get some goodies. Jimmy, as all gatekeepers before him, has reassured the people by taking an oath, promising to do a good job as a gatekeeper, of looking out for the town’s interests and well-being in all of his decisions as a gatekeeper.