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U.S. Ethics Official To White House: No, These Rules Definitely Apply To You
The Office of Government Ethics has informed the Trump administration that the White House has an "incorrect" view of ethics laws.

In a Thursday letter, OGE director Walter Shaub contradicted what he called the White House's "extraordinary assertion," made in a recent letter, that "many regulations promulgated by the Office of Government Ethics ('OGE') do not apply to employees of the Executive Office of the President."

Shaub was having no part of that: "The assertion is incorrect, and the letter cites no legal basis for it."

Definition of ethic

  1. 1ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction :  the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
  2. 2a :  a set of moral principles :  a theory or system of moral values the present-day materialistic ethic an old-fashioned work ethic —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction an elaborate ethics Christian ethicsb ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction :  the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group professional ethicsc :  a guiding philosophyd :  a consciousness of moral importance forge a conservation ethic


Thank you, Merriam-Webster.

See, here's the thing: Everyone is bound by ethics. Those ethics are frequently determined by the profession you go into - librarians, for instance, are bound by the ethics of librarianship; doctors are bound by the ethics of the medical field; spiritual leaders are bound by the ethics of religious leadership. Heck, I'm sure someone somewhere has codified the ethics of cosmetology. Excuse me while I go search...

Yep. It took me literally two seconds to find out. There are actually several. Here you are - various Codes of Ethics of the Professional Beauty Association.

I don't know why the current administration would think that the ethics set down for government employees would not apply to the White House. That's not how this works. Ethics aren't arbitrary regulations - they are how we view the world in a moral framework.

Maybe they shouldn't have skipped that ethics class, after all.

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