I felt inspired to post this headline by ripping it from this PJ Media article. Probably the most important theme I'd like to emphasize is that it is not money that is the root of the problem - It is is how the government wields its monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. In my view, when people start demanding that the government do more and more with money, they lose the time and ability to carry out their duties as citizens supervising the government's use of its monopoly on legitimate violence. Then you get people getting put in jail for violating regulations, not for violating laws, and growing corruption. When we allow the government to collect more and more money, and direct to whom that money goes, you see those who want money suddenly realizing the power of aligning the government's monopoly on violence to their interests. That is the root enabler of corruption, and it's unavoidable no matter how lofty, pure, and well-motivated the official goals of having that money in the government's hands are. And it's that reason why the size of government should be minimized as much as possible.
Let's keep power separated as much as possible, specifically the twin powers of money and violence.