Apocalypse Now, Actually 0n April 15
The new State ethics disclosure regulations may do some serious house cleaning on local boards and commissions. What politician in their right mind would want to have all their finances as a public record? Besides that they also need to report the names and addresses of relatives. If I were in politics I wouldn’t want a disgruntled constituent calling my mother to complain about my decisions at three am.
The Planning Department of Elgin Oregon all resigned because of these new disclosure regulations.
Is any ones’ finances so boring that they don’t mind disclosing information that will still be out there long after they give up their office many elections down the road? My finances are real boring, yet I would not want them being accessible to the public. I don’t even like to use my Fred Meyer Rewards Card because I become fodder for their marketing machine. They know too much about me already; rat bastards.
All I’m saying is that I won’t be a bit surprised if many local elected officials jump like lemmings on April 15 unless someone puts an end to this new disclosure regulation. There may be a lot of board, commission, council and mayoral seats up for reappointment (too late for an election) in May. This may become a political Apocalypse on Oregon.