Government Accountability Feed

What is the Ethical Message of Trump's Presidency

Teaching Ethics in the Era of Trump What is the ethical message of the Trump Presidency so far? Some may say it’s making poor choices of managers and agency heads because so many cabinet and other officials have resigned or been fired. Others might point to family ties to outside... Read more →


Eminent Domain and Google’s Proposed Campus in San Jose

Applying the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be deprived…of property without due process of law.” The Amendment includes a provision known as the “Takings Clause,” which states that private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without... Read more →


American Exceptionalism Ethically Challenged

Is America Still a "Shining City Upon a Hill?" The question is whether American Exceptionalism is alive and well in 2017 as it was when the country was formed in 1776. I did blog about this several years ago and believe the time is right to revisit the issue. In... Read more →


Tax Reform Lacks a Heart, Soul, and Common Sense

Seeking Out the Unintended Consequences of Tax Reform The tax reform bills working their way through the House and Senate are unfair and ill-thought-out on many levels. The extent to which Republicans are trying to defend it speaks volumes about the public’s hesitancy to believe anything these politicians claim about... Read more →


Ethics Takes a Back Seat to Favoritism in the White House

Family and Business Entanglements Threatens our Democratic Process It’s been more than seven months since Donald Trump began his presidency and it seems just about every ethics rule has been broken, starting with avoiding conflicts of interest, or at least they have been so bent out of shape as to... Read more →