Share |So the latest is that Joe Biden did some shady book keeping back when running for president in 2008 before becoming Obama's vice presidential running mate. What disturbs me about this linked article, aside from the surface subject of Biden's objectionable accounting, there is commentary to suggest that Biden's campaign accounting flaws are common practice. Therefore audits are regularly performed and campaigns are often fined and assessed certain penalties for favors either not accounted for initially, or obvious miscalculations. In other words, hiding campaign money or doing Enron style accounting in presidential campaigns is common place and therefore acceptable.
I am not willing to sit back and accept the idea that we should allow for illegal practices to be the methods by which our nations highest leaders become elected. Some make the claim that corporations are the corrupt and dishonest people, but the reality is that they are just taking their cues from the elected leaders of our country. Our government "watchdogs" and citizen protection vehicle are the very people facilitating the corruption in the first place. Perhaps this is a bit of the chicken and the egg, but would businesses act more ethical if they felt that they didn't have unethical precedent in viewing the successes laid out by corrupt and dishonest elected officials?
To your average citizen, if a law is broken or if common deceptive practices are used to sell a product, or service, that individual, upon due process of law, is required to pay restitution or punitive damages for the actions they have caused. Some go to jail. Others forfeit ALL PROFITS and all circumstances that the lie and deception created for themselves. In the state of Utah there is a statue that allows the division of real estate to sue an individual who earned money from fraudulent real estate practices for every penny they made from the fraud and then some. If this were the case with our elected officials, if there wasn't a double standard, Joe Bidden would not be our Vice President. He would have to return all his campaign money to those who donated it, and then serve time along with forfeit his position. I for one would think the country would be better off. But according to this article, the commonality with which these types of "errors" are committed happens to with such accepted reality that such enforcement would have yielded different presidents, senators, and so on for several years previous.
For now, a slap on the wrist is offered, taken, and forgotten. Till next election when fines and these sorts of penalties are assessed to the "winners" who most assuredly took such fines and penalty figures into the equation as a cost of doing business. This seems like the metaphor of the leaky roof. Why stick a bucket under the leaky roof and keep switching buckets as they become full.... heaven forbid actually fix the leak in the first place. One can only keep repenting for the problem for so long before their sincerity and sorrow for the "sin" are called into question.