Monday, 27 April 2009
Sarah Palin's ethics
Sarah Palin gave an interview to Alaska Business Monthly, which was published on March 1, 2007:
ABM: Everyone's talking ethics, especially in the wake of recent scandals. Do you support an ethics bill, and if so, what would you like to see in it? And can it be enforced?
Palin: I certainly support an ethics bill, and I look forward to working on one with the Legislature, on both sides of the aisle. Some legislators are quite passionate about the ethics bill, so I expect to see a good product by the end of the legislative session. We need to tighten loopholes, and prove to the public that government on our watch will be open and honest, and that we will be transparent in the manner in which we conduct the state's business. As for enforcing ethics violations, there are already agencies in place to do this like the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) and various ethics committees, and I'd like to see us begin policing ourselves, as well. What we have to do is set the bar high, and give agencies like APOC the tools they need to do the job. We've put an investigator position for APOC in this budget, for example--for years, that agency hasn't had an investigator to look into complaints.
Sarah Palin ran her campaign for governor on a platform based on ethics, was all for closing loopholes, blah blah.
How come she has such difficulty in grasping the concept of ethics and how it applies to her?
This interview happened during her first legislative session. The idea of ethics has been wearing thin since then, at least as far as SHE is concerned.
In true Sarah Palin style, everything that comes out of her mouth amounts to nothing more than meaningless soundbites...
Recall Sarah Palin