I fear that instead of choosing the next President of the United States (POTUS), the electoral college is about to vote for a man who could become known as SCROTUS - Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States.
Both are politainers within a world of politainment where the traditional boundaries between politics and entertainment have merged, and the normal rules defining conflict of interest and the personal and public roles of individuals have collapsed.
This is not an esoteric issue. Unless eliminated through a plan for Trump to divest his ownership of the businesses, those conflicts of interest will materially affect national policy-making across a broad range of areas.
When supporters of Bernie Sanders question Hillary Clinton's substantial campaign donations from corporate interests and Wall Street, they have an undeniable point. Yet it's her byzantine family foundation that creates perhaps the most troubling black hole of accountability.
Given Coke's own standards, it is appropriate to ask: Are the company's actions that have prompted such sharp public criticism in line with its strong commitment to integrity? More specifically, are they consistent with Coke's imperative of "acting honestly"?
Whether you believe in the "Liberal Media" or a "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy," it is hard to get through many cable news segments without questioning if there isn't some bias driving the latest "scandal."
Stephanopoulos should have disclosed his donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Stephanopoulos incident not only hurts his credibility, but hurts the credibility of the many mainstream media professionals.
Academics are influential, because they are perceived as uniquely able to evaluate all sides with equal rigor, free from bias or obligation. If that is to continue, they must be completely transparent about their sources of funding.
An assertion that the directors failed to exercise proper oversight requires proof that the directors failed to create an information system or controls or, having an information system, consciously failed to monitor corporate operations.
With my disclosure, I am holding myself publicly accountable to my patients. I am saying that I don't have anything to hide from you. I know you are vulnerable, but I'll be vulnerable with you. This is a partnership. We're in this together.
During former Citigroup executive Jack Lew's recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary, some people were troubled to learn that the big bank had promised him special financial awards if he left to take a job in the government. But a review by POGO shows that Lew's deal with Citi was no anomaly.