Quote after Quote in Paris
Earlier this month the French president's son supplied me with a quote of the day. Now he has announced he will not pursue a job his father used to have,
and he has supplied me with another quote of the day:
If the question you are asking me is,
‘Did you talk to the president
about [the government job]?’ No. Did I talk about that with my father? Yes.
Is political deal-making a government ethics violation? This is a tough
area. Government ethics is about the conflict of personal and public
interests. Political interests are generally left out of the equation
unless non-political benefits are involved. In politics, you are allowed
to put your personal interests first, at least until you win.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog
post about how several government officials in Wausau mishandled a
conflict situation involving the purchase of property fixed up with an
interest-free loan from HUD. Yesterday's The State of South Carolina
other HUD loan conflict situations in Columbia, which are...
Global Ethics, an
organization run by Rushworth Kidder, author of Moral Courage and other books,
has a good Ethics Newsline, which you can subscribe to. His lead
article this week is about government ethics awards, inspired by
happened in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa.
Blago watchers will be interested in the news in today's
Chicago Tribune about his former chief of staff and campaign
manager pleading guilty and providing detailed testimony about the
schemes of Blagojevich and three of his friends to make money off
Blago's position, "such as through operating businesses that would get
state money or receiving fees from people who did business with the
On Sunday, the Lexington Herald-Leader took an unflattering
look at Kentucky's legislative ethics commission. As in New York
central problem appears to be the commission's lack of independence.
Two important changes were made to the commission's independence in
1996, three years after it was created. The first change involved who...