Georgia gets D- in CPI Public Integrity Grading

But really, shouldn’t we grade this on a curve? Alaska got the best grade in the nation and it was a C!

The State Integrity Investigation is “a data-driven assessment of state government by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Meanwhile, feckless, understaffed watchdogs struggle to enforce laws as porous as honeycombs.”

Many inside Georgia’s government gave the report a chilly response in Walter Jones’s piece on the matter. But demonizing lobbyists is always a good idea, so let’s all do that, shall we? We can safely ignore the fact that, despite their obvious representation of an interested party, they are often experts in the area and conversations with them often bring about good changes to legislation, not bad.

3 comments

  1. IndyPendant says:

    “We can safely ignore the fact that, despite their obvious representation of an interested party, they are often experts in the area and conversations with them often bring about good changes to legislation, not bad.”

    Foghorn Leghorn doesn’t think it’s a good idea to let the chicken hawks guard the henhouse and that’s good enough for me!

  2. saltycracker says:

    Actually lobbyists do contribute to better legislation, for their cause, but in the absence of term limited statesmen politicians, the goal for the government becomes to provide rather than regulation that facilitates industriousness. The elected as a group cannot match the skills manipulating them. Then we have the public and businesses that prefer a sure thing over the pitfalls of earning.

    And spare me the silliness that term limits makes life better for lobbyists and bureaucrats when term limits, limits relationships, political careers, convoluted/non-sensical laws and employee empires.

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