Fresh off the press today .... The Corruption Index of 2010.
Is there a relationship between corruption and debt ? Indeed there is.
As it turns out, every country with a AAA rating on their debt scored better on the Corruption Index than the United States. Well, there was one exception - France - and today the S&P mentioned they weren't all that comfy on France's AAA rating.
So the good news for American Tax Payers (whom are paying more to service the debt due to the AA+ debt status) ... all you need to do is get your country to be less corrupt. Oh wait, that's the bad news.