Actually, I think they do. Consider all the mis-steps, lies, shady dealings, and other nefarious activities associated with those in the political arena. How can they keep doing all that and still try to convince the general public that they deserve our trust and respect?
The latest bit of shady-dealing news concerns Texas House of Representatives member Joe Driver who is on the hot seat for double billing the state and his campaign fund for travel and other expenses. The total amounted to a little over $17,000.
Granted, not a lot of money in the overall scheme of things, but it is money he thought he was entitled to. When the double billing was discovered, he said he did not realize there was anything wrong with asking reimbursement from the state for expenses his campaign fund had already paid for. Can he look at himself in the mirror and honestly say there was not a little voice suggesting that perhaps this was wrong?
More recently, he has said an ethics official told him that charging both was okay. So, if he did not think there was anything wrong with it, why did he consult an ethics official? I would really like to know the name and credentials of that ethics official. None of the ethics courses I took ever had a loophole for outright fraud.
Perhaps the biggest irony in this whole mess is that Driver has reimbursed his campaign fund, but not the Texas taxpayers. So he still get's to keep the money. Shame on him.
What do you think? Is there any excuse for this type of thing?