Wikipedia further states, that "the presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of impropriety. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. A widely used definition is: "A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. The secondary interests are not treated as wrong in themselves, but become objectionable when they are believed to have greater weight than the primary interests. The conflict in a conflict of interest exists whether or not a particular individual is actually influenced by the secondary interest. It exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed (on the basis of past experience and objective evidence) to create a risk that decisions may be unduly influenced by secondary interests.”
An Oregon newspaper wrote of one Native American’s wish to have homes built for them upon the river where they fish. One commenter stated they were Native American and 100 years of payments led that reader and writer to believe if someone wanted a home they should build it themselves and not become a burden on society or want subsidies from our taxpayers.
In 2013, cover Oregon stated that approximately 55% of all Oregonians would get subsidies for their health care. Actually doesn’t that mean that 45% of the Oregonians would be paying more taxes to pay for the 55% who would get subsidies? Most are now aware that Cover Oregon was a huge failure costing the taxpayers of Oregon millions of dollars.
Public officials are expected to put service to the public ahead of their personal interests.
One of the largest looming questions which exist is how can President Obama bypass our constitution and not move to deport illegal aliens and stop others from coming here by securing our borders? How is his personal interest so strong that he will not follow our constitution and block illegal entry into our country? Didn’t he swear to uphold our constitution? So what rights does he now have with his known conflict with the oath of office he took?
The corporations and individuals who hire these illegal persons have a huge conflict in that their only desire is to have workers who will work more hours for less pay. Now it seems that the conflict has grown even more due to our government paid (taxpayer paid dollars by you and me) congress people who do not uphold the laws of our constitution along with our President. Corruption has occurred.
In Oregon only eight counties out of 36 voted Kitzhaber into office.
As an Oregonian we have recently seen a conflict of interest with our own Governor who not only supported Obama’s Affordable Health Care which has most recently been leveled as a known tax by Gruber. But now has cost Oregon taxpayers huge losses for the defunct exchange. What a mess our President, legislators, and now our Governor has created. This mess has cost huge numbers of hard working “responsible” citizens their prized health insurance while raising their individual costs and providing less coverage. Most responsible citizens always had health insurance. They took jobs that offered good benefits over higher wages. It is very difficult to teach responsibility, either an individual has it or they don’t.
Governor Kitzhaber has not seemingly stopped at the Health Care Exchange for his only conflict of interest. Auditors are now reviewing the business relationship of Ms. Hayes with whom our Governor has not only a business relationship, a personal relationship and most likely as well as sexual relationship. Ms. Hayes from a private office next to the Governors own office, seemed to be afforded state workers where state auditors are scrutinizing her receipt of money from organizations seeking to influence state policy. The auditors will decide if corruption occurred.
Ms. Hayes has not denied the allegations of an unlawful marriage some years ago. It seems her moral compass was already bent or broken and could leave one very dark cloud over her relationship to a marijuana grow operation in Washington State as well as the use of public funds to enhance her own pocketbook. Corruption did occur.
Yet, the conundrum here seems to be why he recently won an election. Only eight of thirty-six counties voted the governor in. First and foremost, it should be noted that the county holding the state capital did not vote Kitzhaber back into office. The eight counties are: Benton, Clackamas, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington. Yes, he did receive more votes than his opponent.
In August of 2013 East Oregonian reporter stated unemployment was between 8.0% and 9.9% in Lane and Lincoln County. Six of the eight counties had the lowest unemployment rate in the state or between 6.0% and 7.9%. Was Kitzhaber’s move to live in Portland and Multnomah County the reason for their lower unemployment rate and the higher unemployment rate of Salem or Marion County where the state capitol is? Did his move to Portland cost the Oregon taxpayers more tax dollars rather than living where other Governors have lived?
Will Kitzhaber’s latest lady affair label him as morally irresponsible as well as corrupt?
In the 1800’s, Lord Acton words were “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.