…having Hulk Hogan attend charm school.
…The JackAss film crew teaching safety classes.
…hiring Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky to babysit.
…getting a physical check up from Dr. Kavorkian.
What is it? ETHICS TRAINING FOR THE IDAHO LEGISLATURE! According to BETSY RUSSELL at the Spokesman newspaper, the legislators will be subject to several hours of instruction on the third day of the session. Several hours? With the record these lawmakers have amassed in the past few years they should all be required to have several semesters of training–not just a couple of hours.
The classes also SHOULD be open to the public and the curriculum should be a public record. The real joke is who is going to teach the classes? Imagine some of the class titles:
–“How to collect per diem AND free lobbyist meals.”
–“How to disguise use of letterhead for fundraising.”
–“Intimidation of new members as tradition.”
–“Secrecy at caucus without scrutiny.”
–“Billing secrets to increase PERSI retirement.”
The GUARDIAN would gladly offer free instruction for more needed subjects as an adjunct professor. Our first lesson would be West Point’s Cadet Honor Code which states simply:
“A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
Imagine applying such a simple rule to an Idaho politician?
Three rules of thumb from the academy code–
1. Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived?
2. Does this action gain or allow the gain of privilege or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled?
3. Would I be dissatisfied by the outcome if I were on the receiving end of this action?
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