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Do Not Pass Go Ethics in California

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At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?

This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical behaviors expected of our great leaders serving the citizenry in Sacramento. This seems very doable; after all don’t we assume these people understand right from wrong? Yes, but if they need it spelled out, then so be it.

 

  • Each Senator shall conduct himself/herself so as to justify the high trust reposed in him/her by the people to promote confidence in the integrity of the Senate.

  • A Senator or officer or employee of the Senate shall not engage in unethical conduct or tolerate such conduct by others.
  • Each Senator and each officer or employee of the Senate has a responsibility to report any and apparent and substantial violation of the Standards.
  • Each Senator or officer or employee of the Senate has the right to consult with the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics, or, at the option of the individual, the Senate Ombudsperson (see below) regarding the propriety of any conduct that may violate the Standards.
  • A Senator or officer or employee of the Senate shall not retaliate against a person who the reports possible violation of these Standards or against a person who the Senator, officer, or employee believes made such a report.
  • A Senator or an officer or employee of the Senate shall not discuss legislative business of any kind while attending or hosting an event at which campaign funds or contributions are solicited, provided, or discussed.

 

 Here is the ironic part of the story, so we have these 3 people indicted on various felony charges from both state and federal prosecutors and the California Senate leadership does nothing, and I mean nothing. Talk about standing by their men, Darrell Steinberg had nothing on Hilary Clinton.

Senator Rod Wright was indicted in September of 2010 and was eventually convicted and sentenced this year.  Leland Yee was indicted in March of this year and is still facing multiple federal charges including bribery and gun running. Senator Ron Calderon was indicted in February of 2014 and is still facing 24 counts also including bribery .None of these men lost their jobs. Period. They did not resign nor were they asked to resign; they actually took paid leave of absences on the taxpayer’s dime.

And what did the Senate do while these “boys” were off figuring out their legal strategy for staying out of prison rather than working on California’s pressing issues? Finally in July of this year they had a touchy feely class on ethics. I mean, they devoted a whole day to this work….see below explanation of said class.

On April 23, 2014, the State Senate devoted an entire day to a review and reflection of ethical issues and the Senate Standards of Conduct. The review of “Ethics in Principle and Practice” entailed separate group sessions for Senators only, and for Senate Office Chiefs of Staff, Office Directors and Committee Chief Consultants. Following those group sessions, the material was reviewed in individual office staff meetings.

The group sessions included a presentation on “Strengthening a Culture of Ethics” by Scott Raecker, CEO of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and executive director of Character Counts at Drake University. The nonprofit Josephson Institute in Los Angeles has worked with corporations, governmental agencies and professionals on strengthening standards of conduct in individual and institutional decision-making.

A separate segment involved a panel of local legal experts who presented a variety of hypothetical scenarios to facilitate discussion and dialogue on ethical and legal issues.

 

A day of reflection cost us greatly because every district these men represented went without representation the whole time they were committing illegal acts and afterwards because Darrell Steinberg and or Governor Brown would not do the right thing, the ethical thing which was to fire their butts.  You can find the little hypothetical situations they covered in this Ethics for Idiots class, oddly enough gun running issues or voter fraud were not covered.

So when the Governor says the ethics the folks have to follow in Sacramento are too complex, ask yourself if your child knows not to steal or to lie. Then ask yourself why a sitting Governor with the record numbers of indictments under his leadership would not want to shore up the ethical behavior of his team, hmmm?

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IMPORTANT MESSAGING RE: CA GOP @ 28% by Marc Harris ( Guest blogger)

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Last Thursday, at the John & Ken KFI AM640 gubernatorial debate between GOP favorite Neel Kashkari and the true conservative, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Kashkari quoted a statistic that the clueless GOP leaders continue to quote in explaining why they are moving further and further to the left politically, to the extent that now they are looking almost indistinguishable from the Democrats on most issues.

Debate highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aan4gmAQ3MM&feature=youtu.be

 

Kashkari and the GOP say the percentage of registered Republicans in CA has fallen to “just 28%”; a stat they quickly follow up by stating that “we need to grow our party!“.  Well, I have just a couple of questions for them….

 

Where did all those Republicans go that used to be registered?  Did they just up and leave the state?!! 

 

Nope.  While some have, in fact, left California, the majority of them have all just been switching to Independent, Libertarian, or Decline To State.   Nearly half of the former percentage of Republicans in CA have done so, and Inquiring minds–clearly absent from the blind and deaf elitists making up the GOP shot callers–want to know “WHY??“.

 

It is because of the very reaction by those clueless GOP “leaders” in response to the dismal party attrition rates: keep moving further to the left with candidates like Kashkari “in order to “appeal” to more liberal voters!   (sound of phonograph record scratching) What??!!   Ok, ok; wait.  Let’s go a little slower for them here:….soooooo,  the party is shrinking because it has been moving too far to the left….sooooo,  your ‘solution’ is….to move it FARTHER TO THE LEFT!!!  Brilliant!!   What was Einstein’s definition of insanity?  That’s right: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

 

A five-year old can figure out that as you respond by moving further to the left, more and more conservative Republicans will continue to leave the Party, an exodus that will dwindle the GOP down to a very small minority of those who have essentially morphed so completely into Democrats they may as well complete the transformation and just put a “D” after their names!

 

Folks, the Republicans didn’t shrink to 28% by standing on conservative principles, but by abandoning them.  And there can be ONLY two ways to go from the ditch the GOP elitists have driven it into: move further left, or quickly, firmly, and UNASHAMEDLY RUN back to the right!

 

We are so sick of GOP leaders acting weak, apologetic, and even squeamish in taking a stand on anything related to the Constitution, pro-business, free- market capitalism, pro 2nd Amendment and the right to protect yourself, for securing the borders, and against the extremist environmentalist agenda that is bankrupting our state and nation.

 

We are at a crossroads, fellow Californians–and fellow Americans; for “as goes California, so goes the nation“.  With all the strength and resources we can muster, we must wrest the wheel from the foolish, clueless GOP leadership that, in quoting the 28% figure, has effectively conceded one irrefutable truth: THEY blew it!

 

Now, their endorsement of Neel Kashkari for Governor, the epitome of a RINO (Kashkari voted for Obama, and lionized him as “a partisan warrior” who he believed could fix the US economy; he was at the Treasury Department during the mortgage meltdown, and then voted for TARP to try to fix the meltdown), only demonstrates that they cannot be trusted to fix the damage they have caused, and that they only intend to drive the party deeper into the liberal abyss.

 

We must say “NO MORE!”, and stand AGAINST them, and FOR the true constitutional conservative, Tim Donnelly.  Heaven help us all if he doesn’t win.  We will all have to follow Toyota and others and move to Texas–and come back and pick up the pieces in 20 years after the fuzzy-headed liberals in both parties have turned California into Cuba.

 

The Dichotomy of Californian Environs

The Kentucky Derby was won yesterday by an unknown, unlikely horse named California Chrome. The story of Steve Coburn and Perry Martin is extraordinary as two people from average means bought a horse and breed it with another unexceptional horse to receive a winner like California Chrome. All along the way the horse was not expected to be a winner in the sense of the Derby or Triple Crown, it was an average horse after all. But two average people in a rather average state had faith in the horse’s ability and so they lived out a dream, taking her to the Kentucky Derby. Since we are always talking about the American Dream and how it has been lost this was a true victory story of how the underdog can and will rise above expectations when the time is right.

Now juxtapose this with California Congressman Adam Schiff declaring that the renewed interest in the Benghazi terrorist attack on a US compound in Libya where he said the Democrats should boycott this investigation because it was a waste of time and money. Coming from a person who is part of system that has institutionalized wasting both time and money this was an extraordinary statement. I guess Mr. Schiff thinks the average American does not see the value in finding out what led to the murders of a sitting US Ambassador , the first in over 40 years, and three other Americans. Polls show that the average American absolutely cares about this issue. But once again we have representation in Congress of people who are so out of touch with the average person that they deem it necessary to tell us what is relevant and what is not worthy of our time or money.

Well Mr. Schiff we believe discovering and finding justice for the murders of four Americans is very worthy of our time and money and as average people we think it is imperative for our government, that after all is only supposed to exist for our protection, to do its job when Americans are murdered on US soil, no matter where that US soil is located! Mr. Schiff, your announcement that four Americans being murdered is not worthy of the time and money is again an example of a less than average person doing a below average job.

For all the social justice seeking the left decries we need, it is astounding that these four men are not among those that are worthy of justice. Well there is a primary soon and hopefully those in Mr. Schiff’s district feel like they need above average representation as he no longer represents them. Maybe we can get Mr. Coburn or Mr. Martin to run they obviously see the value in putting their time and money into an average project to see that the underdog has a shot. We are the new underdogs, the American public.americn horses