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Opinion

March 19, 2014

MORTON MARCUS: The lack of ethics in government is a two way street

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Americans, including most Hoosiers, believe strongly in first-come, first-served. That one person or business might “buy” a better place in line is abhorrent according to our norms. We tolerate it more in the private sector than in the public sector. Think of those who pay a little extra to the maître d’ for a window table or provide a “small gift” for the person assigning tee times on the golf course.

Corruption is the giving of gifts or bribes by private sector persons to those in the public sector in return for a favor, information, or something else of value, like a contract. The penalties for the public sector recipient often are more serious than for the private sector villain.

The snake, it seems to me, was not punished as much as were Adam and Eve.

Morton Marcus is an economist, writer, and speaker who may be reached at mortonjmarcus@yahoo.com.

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