Friday, August 7, 2009

A Crime Against Integrity


So Rhode Island's Attorney General agreed on Thursday that there were two "bad checks", city employees behaved in a manner that was "unprofessional", "misguided", and "inexplicable" , and the superintendent of the state police called their behavior "unsettling".

On the same front page, the Board of Elections, also on Thursday, concluded that the Attorney General, in an unrelated matter, had not violated state statute by calling $9000 in his campaign spending "petty cash" when the law limits petty cash spending to $25.

In both instances complaints were dismissed and no crimes were found to have been committed.

I submit that there was a crime committed, a crime against integrity, a crime against the people who deserve to have admiration and confidence in their government.

I'd recommend that all involved read Stuart Chase's, "The Nemesis of American Business", written after the crash of 1929 during the Great Depression, especially Chapter 2, "The Luxury of Integrity"

Maybe it's just me.


Anonymous said...

The lack of outrage by society against the lack of integrity especially, by public officials, is the most troubling part of this and other like stories.
The Stuart Chase piece is strange in that he groups professions in order of integrity and
his understanding of economics, especially when he speaks of the increase in productivity as a bad thing for society. Like many socialists of his era he was impressed by the Soviet Union’s economic experiment.


Harvey said...

What do you think of my blog on Capitalism back in March?

Anonymous said...

The roots of the financial crisis are complicated and could not happen without the complicity of government. The marriage of big business and govt. is a great danger to our liberty. I agree with George Carlin when he remarked that fascism would come to the U.S. with a smiley face. The revolving door between govt. and business is a cash machine for the well connected. From the time man moved into cities there have been, and will always be bubbles driven by greed. It is a part of human nature