Vetting: It’s About Corruption

The nominees for Trump’s cabinet are scheduled for Senate hearings.  However, some have not been fully vetted.  Nevertheless, Sen. McConnell set the schedule to confirm Trump’s cabinet before vetting is completed.

I listened to Sen. McConnell on the radio today.  He basically said, “Eight years ago the Senate confirmed seven cabinet appointments on Inauguration Day, even though we didn’t like them.”  Meanwhile, Sen. Schumer insists that the vetting be completed and went so far as to cite a statement McConnell made about Democratic appointments years ago in which he said that vetting must be complete before confirmation.

To Sen. McConnell… though the cabinet picks for this administration are horrendous from my perspective, I agree the preferences of the president-elect should be given considerable weight.  To Sen. Schumer … yes, full vetting is the process, but make clear the real reason.

We need full vetting because we need to know that our elected officials will make decisions ethically and for the good of all the people and not for their own personal enrichment.  We may disagree with their decisions, but we must have confidence that their decisions were made in good faith on our behalf.

Vetting is necessary in order to minimize the possibility of corruption.

Given the wealth and the financial interests of many of the cabinet nominees as well as the president-elect himself, there is a huge potential to question conflicts of interests with some decisions.  Did a decision increase the value of an official’s assets?  Did an official sell an asset in advance of a decision that would diminish the asset’s value?  Basically, are officials making money at our expense?

The potential for corruption in a Trump administration is already high beginning with the president-elect himself.  His business interests and ties are global with significant stakes in various investments.  The same applies to many of his cabinet nominees.  Corruption will destroy a government’s credibility.  It will make people distrust its government.  A government without little credibility has a harder time governing.  A populace having some cynicism about its government could doubt its motives.  Furthermore, no official is spared corruption’s stain.

I cannot help to believe that the Watergate break-in sowed seeds of distrust in our government.  It still plagues us today

When we look around the world and see nations where stability is precarious, chances are its government is corrupt.  We stand to lose much more than having bad public policy.  We risk corruption.  We stand to lose credibility.  It will rend the national fabric.  It will weaken us internally.

For the GOP to ignore the real possibility for corruption, it shows itself as an irresponsible party interested in its own self-interest at the expense of this nation’s ideals and its people.  For the Democrats to address this on procedural grounds and not raise the issue of corruption, they make themselves out to be nitpickers and not concerned with the well-being of our government and this nation.

Vetting presidential appointments and maintaining ethical standards is not a party issue.  It goes to the heart of our government and its credibility.  That credibility, already under question, cannot be damaged much more without widespread disaffection among the people, us.  Corruption’s impact lasts long after a corrupt official leaves office.


About Quentin Chin

Eclectic interests: religion, technology, food, music, current events. I live in the reality-based world.
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