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Ethics vs. politics

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When a candidate runs for office, they shake hands, make promises, pledge to get the ball rolling on projects, etc. This is their way of being accountable to the people who might be voting for them. Do they always act with that spirit of accountability? The ethics hearings---and grand jury inquiry based on ethics complaints at the Capitol indicate the answer might be 'no' for some people. It is true, elected officials can't just do what the 'public' wants all the time. If they did that, nothing would get done because hard decisions would not be made. But when it comes to influencing people about issues like vouchers or moral issues or other heated topics, officials ideally put their own personal passions aside and act on what they honestly feel is best for the people who elected them. There are honest differences about issues. Being called out on conduct is something else. It could be a wake up call. It's an opportunity to take a look in the mirror and ask: What's really going on?


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