Ethics rule tightening fails

Ethics rule tightening fails

There are 6 comments on the Times-Picayune story from Jul 1, 2007, titled Ethics rule tightening fails. In it, Times-Picayune reports that:

“I ask you: When was the last time a sitting member of the Legislature was indicted? Now ask yourself: When is the last time a local official in your district or parish was indicted?”

Refusing to impose new financial disclosure requirements on themselves in the waning hours of the legislative session, House members spiked the year's signature ethics proposal with an argument often heard in ... via Times-Picayune

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PUZZLED

Saltillo, MS

#1 Jul 3, 2007
Good 'ole Louisiana politics(ians). Either derivative is as crooked as a useless nail. In my opinion, politicians should be elected solely as a volunteer duty. The only compensation allowed should be expenses for necessity items such as travel. Ethics is an animal that died a long time ago in Louisiana and other states, as well. As cited in the Times-Picayune, "The first truism is evident in rules that allowed two out of 144 legislators to overrule something for which 122 had already voted." Please read this article and respond.
LOL

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#2 Jul 4, 2007
It all started with George Washington. As our first president he would not accept a salary (some actually wanted him crowned as the king but he would have no part of it). Instead, all he wanted was to be compensated for his expenses. Records show that he imported large quantities of French wine, fine English china, gourmet foodstuffs, etc., etc. A salary, even triple what would have been considered at the time as excessive, came nowhere near his "expenses." PLEASE...let's don't even suggest that "necessary" expenses (like travel) should be provided to our elected, and already over-paid, officials.
PUZZLED

Saltillo, MS

#3 Jul 4, 2007
Please don't misunderstand me....I mean there would be no salary. Only reimbursements for such items as travel. The compensation would be that they are entrusted by their constituents who elected them in office in the first place. That's the reward!!!
Just Curious

United States

#4 Aug 2, 2007
If elected officials were required to report the sources of their income, then maybe the practice of spending millions of their own money to campaign for a job paying only thousands would no longer be so common. They must be receiving some 'supplemental' income or they wouldn't do this. Of course, our great representatives in BR will never support legislation requiring ethics in government.

Since: Jun 07

Lakeview

#5 Aug 2, 2007
Our politics and politicians might be crooked, but it's definitely not only here. If we open our eyes, we can see where most positions of power in our state are controlled by other powers in Washington. Like FDR said, "...in politics, nothing is accidental. If something happens, be assured it was planned this way."
Janessa

Utica, KY

#6 Aug 3, 2007
When someone is elected to ofice, they should know how much time the job will take. As voters, we need to try to rekindle the public spirit toward voting.Voter apathy is at an all time high. I know the shoddy politicans that we have in this state and elsewhere do not help the effort. If a person is to be paid expenses, it should be only certain expenses, and none excessive. It is our tax money they are wasting. If an elected position is full time, then of course we pay the salary. If it is with only a small salary and it takes full time work, then it limits the quantity and quality of persons running for the office, because they have to be able to pay their bills and live. Improvement in ethics and values starts with each individual. If enough people cared enough to vote, the politicans that misuse our money and do not represent us well would be voted out of office. This is what it should be. With so few people voting in some elections it is possible for a small group of people to select someone who is not suitable to represent us. It bothers me when a person who never votes complains about what the politicans are doing.

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