-December 2, 2013-
3:00 -- Is it unethical for Rep. Tim Moffitt to publish a newspaper outling all the great things his Republican Party passed in the NC Legislature?
4:00 -- Americans don't trust each other any more. Why? Plus Art Pope and William Barber exchange words.
5:00 -- Kevin King joins us to talk about his grassroots organizing work on college campuses. Plus, Milton Friedman debates Frances Fox Piven.
-December 3, 2013
3:00 -- Pete offers NC Democratic candidate recruiters the opportunity to come on the show. They chicken out.
4:00 -- The rise of the administrative state and why budget battles will be the focal point now.
5:00 -- The Hobby Lobby lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act, plus should chimpanzees get legal "personhood" status.
-December 4, 2013
3:00 -- A coup on the Mecklenburg County Commission might make it easier for South Asheville to de-annex from the city. Plus, a Hindu guy is mad at a local brewer for naming a beer Shiva.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest edition on news stands. Plus, Buncombe County Commissioners say they want to reduce the carbon footprint by 80%.
5:00 -- Kurth Schlichter, columnist at Townhall, says liberals have to lie. Plus, human cheese.
-December 5, 2013
3:00 -- Fast food workers protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
4:00 -- Ford O'Connell, GOP strategist and former McCain-Palin adviser, talks about what the Republican Party needs to do to win the Presidential race in 2016 - including "getting over the fact that Reagan is dead."
5:00 -- It turns out President Obama did know his illegal alien uncle living in Boston. Plus, the Democrats are desperate to get everyone to focus on income inequality.
-December 6, 2013
3:00 -- Why the Affordable Care Act is costing Democrats support among women.
4:00 -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismantles a liberal professor's defense of presidential overreach. Plus, Rev. William Barber's comments after getting convicted on 2 of 3 counts for his Moral Monday protests.
5:00 -- More from Rev. Barber. Plus, the Olympic torch lights a man on fire in Siberia and the NC lottery is now offering subscriptions!
Generally speaking, I detest the (over-) use of the word "accountability." It seems like people use it way too often with little coherent understanding of what it would actually demand.
And maybe that's part of the problem.
For it seems we've entered an age where people charged with the public trust do all sorts of unethical things, but suffer no professional repercussions. There is no accountability. What's worse - nobody seems to care.
I recall a time in my life (and I'm not even 40 yet) when if a man committed a particularly immoral or unethical act, he would be shamed and shunned. If he were in the public eye, his career would be over and he'd resign out of sheer embarrassment. Not to mention, the damage that would be suffered by the institution for which he worked.
I offer you two recent examples.
Releasing Level One detainees is OK
In February, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials admitted they released "several hundred" detainees. They said it was due to federal sequestration budget cuts.
It turned out that "several hundred" was actually more than 2,000. But not to worry - the released detainees weren't violent offenders.
Except, it turned out some of them were Level One offenders. And under questioning by Congress, ICE officials back-pedaled on the storyline that the detainees were released because the agency had no choice but to turn offenders loose in order to comply with the sequestration.
So, we have government officials releasing people with criminal histories in order to score political points? Public safety jeopardized for a budgetary power play.
Someone should have been shamed into resignation.
Board packing is ok, too
Next, take the local example of A-B Tech President Hank Dunn, who orchestrated the appointment of a Madison County Commissioner to the college's Board of Trustees, specifically to block the appointment of Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar.
Fryar has been a vocal critic of the way Dunn campaigned and won a 1/4-cent sales tax in Buncombe in 2011. State law prohibits more than one County Commissioner from serving on any community college Board of Trustees. Rushing through an appointment and swearing-in of a Madison County Commissioner prevented Fryar from being seated the day he won a unanimous appointment.
This past Thursday afternoon, Dunn met in closed session with the Board of Trustees for about two hours. Neither the Board nor Dunn gave any statement after adjourning.
Friday, Dunn issued a statement saying he regretted his mistake.
“My actions arising over the appointment of a new trustee resulted in widespread concerns and criticisms,” Dunn wrote in a statement released to the media Friday.
“In re-examining this decision, I realize in retrospect that I made a mistake. Although I was concerned with the best interest of the College from a philosophical standpoint, I truly regret my mistake,” the statement says.
No actual apology. No punishment. No offer to make amends to Fryar or undo the manipulation in which he engaged.
I suspect there will be damage to A-B Tech's reputation. I wonder how many local businesses will be willing to get involved with such an administration or Board that plays fast and loose with ethical standards.
It appears as if Dunn placed himself above the institution for which he's supposed to be a steward.
Again, in another era, the shame of being caught doing something like this would've been enough to prompt a resignation. If not that, termination.
But that era is, apparently, long gone.