Monday, March 10, 2008

What Does Conflict of Interest mean to You??

I have a question for you: What does the term, "conflict of Interest" mean to you? Maybe we all have different ideas about that. I'll look it up somewhere...OK. Here you go. Here's a Wikipedia entry:

A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, insurance adjuster, a politician, executive or director of a corporation or a medical research scientist or physician, has competing professional or personal interests. Such competing interests can make it difficult to fulfill his or her duties impartially. A conflict of interest exists even if no unethical or improper act results from it. A conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the person, profession, or court system. A conflict can be mitigated by third party verification or third party evaluation noted below—but it still exists.

Hmmmm. THAT seems pretty straight forward, doesn't it? I get it. Personal interests are protected, or promoted at the expense of professional interests or obligations. It really doesn't seem unclear to me. I can easily see where there could be conflicts of interest. It's obvious.

Neo-Agrarian over at The Suburban Agrarian sent me a link to Daily Kos a few days ago, and I just now found time to read it. What do you know?--the post shows a classic example of conflict of interest between the top advisers of Hillary and McCain's campaigns. It seems they are both from the same company...Say what?!! Yes. Really.

Here's a hypothetical (or is it???). If Hillary goes down in flames is it good for both campaigns if she takes Obama down with her? Is Hillary suggesting things like McCain is more qualified than Obama to be President? Why, yes she is. Crazy, right? Because, after all, both she and Obama are Democrats. It would seem that they both have more policy approaches in line with each other than anything with McCain. Yet, here is Hillary saying that both she and McCain have passed the threshold of experience needed to be President and Obama hasn't yet...Sounds good for the McCain campaign--which is intimately tied to her campaign.

Go to Daily Kos and read what they have to say. I just can't believe this contemptible crap. Day after day after day Hillary is showing why she is becoming more and more distrusted and why people are so disenchanted with the whole electoral process. She is showing us all how she runs her campaign and so is Obama. One campaign has huge conflicts of interest and doesn't care who they take down and the other is inspiring and is run effectively and with grace.

Here's another question for you: Which campaign is more presidential?

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