Ethics Code for U.S. Politicians!

While researching the code of ethics for mining engineers, I happened to think: “there’s a code for everyone somewhere on the internet – I wonder what the code of ethics is for politicians?

Googling took me to this site:

http://usgovinfo.about.com/blethics.htm

with the following info:

Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service

 

Adopted July 11, 1958 

Resolved by the House of Representatives {the Senate concurring}, That it is the sense of the Congress that the following Code of Ethics should be adhered to by all Government employees, including officeholders.

CODE OF ETHICS FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE 

Any person in Government service should: 

1. Put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department.

2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of theUnited Statesand of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.

3. Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.

4. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.

5. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.

6. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.

7. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.

8. Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.

9. Expose corruption wherever discovered.

10. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.

[Source: U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee]

 Sound like any politician you know?

BTW, I’ve been in government service 33 years, and I’d never been made aware of this resolution before!

LSU vs AAUP – The Footballs Are Professors!

By googling “academic freedom,” I came across the website for the American Association of University Professors – AAUP.  This site has a bunch of good pages and links, including the definitive document on academic freedom and tenure:

http://www.aaup.org/NR/rdonlyres/EBB1B330-33D3-4A51-B534-CEE0C7A90DAB/0/1940StatementofPrinciplesonAcademicFreedomandTenure.pdf

Of particular interest on the AAUP website was their “censured” list – the university bad-boys:

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/censuredadmins/

I checked out one of the 2012 listings – LSU.  The report is very detailed and sobering.  The LSU report describes the results of two investigations – one mistreatment apparently inspired by national politics and/or the fear on the part of administrators of possibly losing research money, while the second instance involved a faculty member who apparently tried to teach a rigorous and meaningful biology class to uncaring undergraduates (gasp!).  Check this out at:

http://www.aaup.org/NR/rdonlyres/28F1CE64-5ABE-4FB0-829C-3D9C9807A44D/0/LSUJuly2011Report.pdf

If this doesn’t cause you to shiver at least a little bit, you’ve got ice water running through your veins!