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CalvinLeman added a commentJanuary 29, 2012 11:08 AM Comments (0)
Idaho is one of nine states that does not have an independent ethics commission. These ethics commissions investigate state employees, who may have compromised their public office or may have misused state funds. In the nine states that do not have ethics commissions—Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming—oversight can occur through other state agencies, such as the Office of the Secretary of State, Office of Attorney General, or in a legislative ethics committee, not an independent ethics commission. Washington has three ethics commissions: one for the legislature, another for executive agencies, and a third for local government officials and employees. An independent ethics commission could help legislators in several ways: (1) when complaints are directed at legislators or other state employees, an independent commission would keep complaints confidential, until they find if the complaint has merit. Now complaints appear in newspapers and on the Internet, which may or may not have merit or even be factual (2) the ethics commission sets an ethical standard for state employees. A state employee may consider the ethics of an activity, before they do it. Representative Phil Hart was accused of using his legislative position to delay court cases on state and federal income taxes. Senator Jeff Siddoway was criticized, when he joined in the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee vote to kill a series of bills that would have closed or tightly controlled the very business he is in. As long as he disclosed the conflict of interest, the Senate rules left it up to Siddoway whether to vote or abstain. If an independent ethics commission were in Idaho, maybe they would not have done these activities at all, because they would know that they would be indicted. These legislators and Idaho citizens will have a better quality of life with an ethics commission. The state legislature has considered ethics bills before. Perhaps now they will find agreement on the Conflict of Interest Act, the Lobbyist Restriction Act, and the Whistleblower Protection Act. These are the ethics laws that Idaho Democrats are introducing. A recent poll showed that 82% of the people disapprove of the work of the federal government. I suppose a similar poll would show about the same approval of the Idaho State government. These three ethics bills may improve peoples’ ideas of the state legislature. More information is at http://tinyurl.com/6mmj2kp. Calvin Leman Tree Grower 305 Washington Street Salmon, ID 83467 208-756-7754 treegrower.org Please find agreement on the Conflict of Interest Act, the Lobbyist Restriction Act, and the Whistleblower Protection Act.
CalvinLeman added a commentJanuary 08, 2012 12:46 PM Comments (0)
USA Playing with Danger In 1953 the CIA overthrows an elected leader in Iran to put a dictator, the Shah, the leader. This was for British Petroleum and oil for USA. USA put military near House of Saud and Mecca and Medina after the Gulf War. Most of the criminals in 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia—military in Saudi Arabia was a stupid move for oil and a reason for 9/11. The military industrial complex supports USA corporations and banks worldwide. England stopped world dominance after WWII. That is when the USA started world dominance. Instead of closing military bases after WWII, the USA set up more bases for leverage and control of the world. We do not know about secret bases. Reported are 737 bases in other countries, including 37 in Okinawa, and 6000 in USA. The congress gave the president the power to start war, which is only for the congress, according to the constitution. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are controlled by the USA and are used to take money from poor countries for USA corporations. The military industrial complex supports these. The United Fruit Company is an example. The USA attorney general declares that we do not follow the ratified Geneva Treaty, which the constitution prohibits. 40% of the Pentagon budget is secret. The congress does not oversee the defense spending. Duke Cunningham is an example of this danger. Only the president knows the budget of the CIA. Does the president know how the CIA spends money? 1 trillion to the military does not include nuclear energy (Dept Energy), veteran affairs (Dept Veteran Affairs), foreign military aid (State Department), and defense of homeland (Homeland Security). The USA is playing with danger. If Saudi Arabia demanded payment in Euros, the stock market could fail and put the USA into bankruptcy. USA trade deficit, balance of payments, national debt to China and Japan, lack of manufacturing industry, lack of energy, and excessive jobs for military could cause a revolution in the USA. USA cannot have world dominance and democracy at home at the same time. We can have one or the other.
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If the federal government won’t fix our economy, we can fix our part. http://tinyurl.com/cbh6h7a