Income Disclosure

17 Jan
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Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, has signed an executive order that eliminates a requirement for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn. Now isn’t that nice. Government officials (at the very least this one), the ones working for us, the ones who’s salaries we pay, don’t feel its any of our business to know how much money they make. Sounds kind of shady to me. While the officials are still required to disclose the sources of their income they will no longer be required to make any mention as to how much it was. Why would he want to do that?

Turns out Mr. Haslam earns money from a national truck stop chain, Pilot ($20 billion annual revenue), and during his campaign, was criticized for refusing to say how much he earned from them.

Just as I was saying back in December, this is the kind of weaselly move that I wish could just be done away with. By eliminating the need of campaign contributions the officials’ priorities could be shifted back to the citizens. That’s never going to happen if this kind of behavior is tolerated.


Posted by on January 17, 2011 in General


2 responses to “Income Disclosure

  1. Pat Reagin

    January 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Right on Nick!!! See! something that we agree on . Truth in government, full disclosure. So long as it doesn’t endanger our troops, our spies or our elected (or appointed) leaders, I’m all for it. (Read that as a non-endorsement of wikileaks)

    • Nick

      January 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      I’m right there with you, never want to endanger anyone.
      While I agree that WikiLeak is quite often very dangerous, I do feel that it serves a purpose. A purpose that needs to be served, holding people, companies and governments accountable for their actions. However, the information they deal with can be extremely toxic to its targets and can ruin lives. In the light of that fact they need to practice more caution with the information they are given and validate sources before releasing it onto the world.


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