It's often said that the definition of an honest politician is a politician that once bought stays bought.
In Detroit, the amazing part is how little it took for the politicians to be bought to further corrupt schemes that siphoned and squandered hundreds of millions for the City's coffers.
The Detroit News has an interesting article on the corruption in the pension plans that led to an insanely risky deal that saddled the city pensions funds with debt while enriching the plan schemers.
It likely took less than $90,000 in bribes to get in one example of the corrupt deals, a $10 million deal approved. That's quite a low expense and an excellent return on investment, and it shows you can purchase 5 Detroit officials on the cheap. That one deal is just the tip of the iceberg on a web of corruption that wasted hundreds of millions on top of a loss of billions in the risky deal.
Oh, and since this is being reported by the mainstream media, we have to play the game of "Name That Party".
All the officials hail from the same political party, and I'll even give you a hint - it starts with the same letter as Detroit.