Well, why stop with people paid by taxpayer money?I already accept as truth that ANYONE paid with taxpayer dollars is corrupt to some degree, and the level of their corruption is proportional to the amount of power they have. I'm deeply suspicious of people who are paid with taxpayer money.
It is human nature to fit into whatever society, family, social group, gang you find yourself in and drink the Kool Aid. Government service is no different.
A lot depends on the people surrounding you how you act, and a lot depends on your own internal make-up how influenced you are, but everyone, including apparently moral persons, is influenced to some degree.
Few can live outside society and living in any society demands some degree of conformity. That conformity can take many varied forms and the degree can vary widely, too. When we look around it is amazing what people will do to fit in. Just look at the hats.
By very strict definitions, everyone, without exception, is corrupt to some extent. I think that, knowing and accepting that we are better positioned to deal with the real world. I don't know how useful or enjoyable dwelling on that knowledge is, though. Doing so can make one bitter and untrusting.
That said, it is all unicorns and rainbows and ponies for everyone up here in the Great White North, as we behold with amazement our newly hatched PM and his balanced and representative cabinet.
Suddenly many Canadians feel as if we suddenly woke up a from bad dreams and a ten-year coma to find ourselves awake and alive again in the Canada we used to know and love.