5 March 2017 Pending Bills in the US Congress that you might be interested to know about, when Voter approved legislation is repealed, and A Public Servant’s Commitments (from IPAC)

Hello family.  There is some unpleasantness that has come to my attention that I could not ignore or put on rose-colored glasses to see a positive spin for.

A friend of mine on Facebook had posted this message on their wall and I didn’t want to believe it was true!  Sadly I went to the congress website and yes, this checks out.  I see a lot of contradictions and hypocrisy in these 10 Bills.  It looks as though on the one hand they want to put women in jail for abortions but on the other have no intention of making sure there is a certain way for these children they are “saving” to be properly fed, clothed, have quality healthcare and education! They are wondering why Town Hall Meetings around the country are getting more rowdy….gee I wonder?!

“In case anyone got overly sidetracked by Russia and misdeeds by our government officials, the following bills HAVE been introduced:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Please COPY/PASTE and then share widely. Do not just share; it doesn’t have the same effect.
Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote “NO”…but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.
Please note this, “Let’s give them a chance!” crowd! – “

 If you don’t believe this is happening, check it out for yourself:

https://www.congress.gov/
https://www.congress.gov/…/display/content/Most-Viewed+Bills

Recently I read a piece of voter approved anti-corruption legislation in my home state of South Dakota was overturned because, “the people didn’t know what they were voting for.”  Yeah…..I doubt it.  We’ve had similar stuff go down here in Texas like when Denton’s citizens voted to ban natural gas fracking and the Texas government turned around and made it so such a thing isn’t allowed in Texas anymore: (http://www.npr.org/2015/05/20/408156948/new-texas-law-makes-local-fracking-bans-illegal).

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/south-dakota-corruption-bill-republican-repeal/index.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/south-dakota-ethics-repeal_us_58935875e4b070cf8b810d5d

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/25/south-dakota-lawmakers-are-showing-us-that-populism-is-a-lie/?utm_term=.66e6178a6e75

“The Republican governor and legislative leaders contend out-of-state interests, who took advantage of cheap media and general isolation, fooled the good people of the state with a poorly crafted measure.

Voters were “hoodwinked by scam artists,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R). The law is clearly unconstitutional and needs to be repealed, state leaders said. Don’t worry; we’ll fix it, they said. Trust us.”

I wanted to see if I could find anything written about what it means to be a public servant, a servant of the people….an elected official and I found this from Canada.  Is it possible there is any place on this green earth where people in positions of power are not completely corrupted by the power?

http://www.ipac.ca/PublicSectorEthics – from the Institute of Public Administration Canada

 A Public Servant’s Commitments

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Preamble
As professionals, public servants play a vital role in society. They are committed to the highest degrees of integrity. They are committed to deliver the best administration possible. They are committed to fair and transparent governance, to delivering high quality services, to a stewardship of government funds that will maximize cost-effectiveness and for accountability. Public servants are committed to the improvement of the policy-making and service delivery abilities of the state.

Public servants are committed to reflecting on their roles and responsibilities. They are committed to test and measure their values, their ethics, and their actions as they serve the government and the public.

It is in this context that IPAC offers this declaration of a public servant’s commitments.

i. A strong Commitment to Personal Integrity
To maintain and broaden public confidence, public servants are committed to perform all their responsibilities with the highest sense of integrity. Public servants must resolve any conflict between their personal interests and their official duties in favour of the public interest.

Conscientiousness
The public servant is committed to exercising conscience in the defense of democracy, peace, order and good governance.

Confidentiality
The public servant is committed to ensuring that sensitive information is treated with discretion and responsibility in order to protect the privacy and security of the public and the efficiency of government.

Fairness
The public servant exercises some level of discretionary authority in the daily course of activities, but is committed to ensuring that discretion never results in discrimination. The public servant is committed to treating all members of the public with equality and fairness.

Courage
The public servant is committed to exercising courage in the fulfillment of duties: the courage to take a position, to speak objectively, and to take responsibility before political authorities.

ii. A strong Commitment to Democratic Governance
Public servants accept the obligation to act to serve the public interest through time, to promote the public trust in the democratic system, and to demonstrate commitment to professionalism.

Non-Partisanship
The public servant is committed to working with the government of the day and to the stewardship of the state.

Ensuring Transparency through Better Reporting
The public servant is committed to reporting accurately, clearly and comprehensively on the activities of their administrative units.

Providing accountability for public consultation
The public servant is committed to the promotion of dialogue, consultation, and engagement of the public.

Public interest
The public servant is committed to understanding the public interest as it is expressed through time. The public servant fulfills the public interest by service to the elected government.

iii. A strong Commitment to Respectfulness
In carrying out their responsibilities as professionals, public servants must exercise sensitive professional and moral judgments in all their activities.

With the elected
The public servant is committed to serving the elected government and parliamentarians with dignity and respect.

With the public
The public servant is committed to communicating with the public in a respectful manner that acknowledges the centrality of the citizen. The public servant is committed to making the experience of dealing with government as congenial, satisfying and constructive as possible.

With colleagues
Public servants are committed to making the workplace a productive and healthy environment. Fellow civil servants are always treated with respect, tolerance and courtesy.

With fellow Public Servants
The public servant is committed to creating trust and common purpose. The public servant is committed to building strong networks and partnerships with counterparts in other departments, governments, agencies, both at home and around the world.

iv. A strong Commitment to Continual Learning and Innovation
A public servant is committed to monitoring the profession’s evolution and to strive to continually improve competence and the quality of services.

Enhance democratic governance
The public servant is committed to a continual process of learning and innovation through constant study and thoughtful, measured experimentation in order to enhance governance.

Improve performance
The public servant is committed to the learning and innovation necessary to enhance the delivery of policy and service.

Responsible assumption of risk
The public servant is committed to the continual learning and innovation necessary to understand the nature and degree of risk.

Personal improvement
The public servant is committed to a life-long pursuit of formal and informal educational endeavours to elevate the overall quality of the public service.

v. A strong Commitment to Critical Reflection on Ethics and Values
A public servant is committed to observing the highest ethical standards, to maintaining objectivity and be free of conflicts of interest in discharging professional responsibilities.

Critical Reflection on Ethics
The public servant is committed to the process of personally evaluating commitments and whether they are adequate for evolving circumstances.

Critical Reflection on Actions
The public servant is committed to a critical reflection of personal actions in light of past practices, government objectives, and the perspectives of peers.

Critical Reflection through Dialogue
The public servant is committed to cultivating a dialogue among peers and colleagues on values, ethics, actions, and inactions.

Critical Reflection through Reason
The public servant is committed to a continual process of re-evaluation of the existing conditions of democratic governance and the roles and responsibilities of the public service within that context.

Adopted by the Board of Directors of IPAC on August 27, 2005 in Regina.

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4 comments on “5 March 2017 Pending Bills in the US Congress that you might be interested to know about, when Voter approved legislation is repealed, and A Public Servant’s Commitments (from IPAC)

  1. We The People have a lot of work to do to make sure we’re represented as we wish to be, Jackie. Everyone needs to keep their elected officials accountable. 😉 xoM

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