What's a little corruption between friends? Zócalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews is not advocating turning a blind eye to venal self-enrichment, but he says California could benefit from a little more government corruption. Why? Because it's just too dang difficult to getting anything done in this state. Mathews says California's many public laws aimed at preventing corruption and promoting transparency have ground the wheels of government to a halt. Especially when it comes to dealing with major problems like road repairs, education and housing.