Georgia Last in Ethics
The headlines in the March 19, 2012 Atlanta Journal gives the results of an Ethics report showing Georgia ranks last in the Nation with a score of 49 F. This is not surprising to any citizen who has ever made an ethics complaint to the many ethics boards who are supposed to oversee all government entities. That’s because these boards are made up of government appointed lackeys who protect their associates. The report scored Georgia on 330 categories which included conflicts of interest laws for civil servants, enforcement of ethics rules and government procurement laws.
Also not surprisingly government officials, who are the ones the ethics apply to, criticized the report as having been done by the newspaper and citizens groups. House ethics committee chairman Joe Wilkinson said, public officials are the ones who have always judged themselves in the past. Really? Now isn’t that the problem? It’s like the fox guarding the hen house.
For example, the GA Bar Assoc., who is made up lawyers, rules on complaints about lawyers. The Judicial Qualifications Commission who are made of lawyers who become judges rules on the ethics of judges. It’s like that for every government agency. They all have these very specific laws and rules with examples of unethical practices that are rarely followed, only if the news media brings it to the publics’ attention. Thousands of citizens’ complaints are ignored without any investigation.
The State Dept of Health Committee actually refused to investigate serious health complaints in 2010, 2011 & 2012 in violation of legislatives mandates. The Town of Tyrone used to have a citizen’s ethical complaint committee. But that created a problem for the town council who was supposed to rule on the committee’s investigation. Not wanting complaints on themselves, the council solved the problem by abolishing the complaint committee. Now a citizen must complain in person to the council or by written letter. They always and I mean always ignore the complaint without responding.
The newspaper report is correct. Georgia is last in ethics and the complainant is always wrong. These ethics laws, rules and regulations are for nothing but show, and are used to protect government officials and not the public.