Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wrongway Rangel

Your employer brand is based on your employer value proposition–which has it’s foundation in values.Our experience tells us that workers appreciate working for an ethical employer. In focus groups it is cited as a positive when it is done well and a negative when it is not. People want to work for an employer that is perceived as unethical. People don’t want to work for a boss that doesn’t “do the right thing”.

Great piece from a great blog -- Libby Sartain writes about my own Congressman Charlie Rangel. He walked out on his ethics hearing, but was later found guilty on 11 counts of ethical violations.
Apparently, the rules in the House of Representatives carry a range of penalties, up to expulsion. However, experts familiar with the rules are predicting that Range will receive no more than a slap on the wrist, a formal reprimand, for his violations.
Rangel, among other violations, didn’t pay taxes on income he received from rental property, yet he was the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee–the chief tax writing committee of our House of Representatives.

A senior congressman, with 40 years of service–who undoubtedly knows better gets to stay, and will get his full package of perks and benefits when he finally decides on his own terms to leave office.

How can we expect to establish ethical standards and uphold them, if our highest government representatives are allowed to violate the very rules and laws that they establish?

Charlie Rangel has damaged the reputation and brand of the House of Representatives. His misdeeds with an appropriate punishment should serve as an example for the new freshmen congressional representatives as “How Not To Behave In Washington”.

Why do we allow our government leaders to get a “free pass” when they don’t uphold their own standards and laws?

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