Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson opines in the Albuquerque Journal about the county's new openness and transparency moves, which appear to rely somewhat heavily on website access to previously obscure information.
Particularly unsettling is how good Commissioner Johnson says he thinks the most important provision of the new ethics resolution is the part where everyone will get to know how much money everyone else makes.
In every job that I've ever had, my boss knew exactly what I earned and how much it actually cost to pay for my services. That boss was charged with determining whether or not my productivity warranted the cost to the company and my continued service. Governments are no different.
In his view apparently we're direct supervisors. Thanks, but no thanks. I'm retired. I don't want to be the judge of whether every single person in the bureaucracy is worth a paycheck. That's a supervisor's job in a professionally managed government. Although I would be interested in disclosure of commissioners' investments, not just their income. That information would be relevant to my vote, and to their votes. Otherwise, who gets hired and fired is not my job.
Stepping into the light, reminds me of Poltergeist and little Carol Anne who was told, do NOT go into the light. Don't even look at it, then told something completely different, run to the light, baby. Mommy is in the light. This was a lie, of course, intended to trick ghosts. But what got them into this dilemma of light or no light was that the developer moved the cemetery but left the bodies. It was enough, they thought, to put up the headstones for people to see. Everything else was left below the surface. Yeah, the county is a little like that.
Just shoving information toward the light without context or responsibility isn't ethics.