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Blatantly unethical conduct

August 24, 2010 - Mike Maneval

The latest target of the "Porker of the Month," a regular feature offered by the advocacy group Citizens Against Government Waste and Reason magazine is Hal Rogers. Why Rogers, a Republican from southeastern Kentucky? As a U.S. House member he's voted against the $15 billion restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, against tax credits for renewable energy and investments in the development of biofuels, against job-training funding for Americans displaced by globalization - despite voting for nearly every outsourcing trade scheme from CAFTA through the 2007 deal with Peru - and against $156 million for third-world debt relief. Rogers has a lengthy record opposing government spending, both spending I favor and spending I agree is wasteful. Why would Citizens Against Government Waste rightfully single Rogers out for profligate spending?

Because Rogers has fought for three years for more grant money to protect the habitats of lions and cheetahs. During the same time-span, his daughter has worked as a grants administrator for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Not only is Rogers' three-year effort not in the particular interests of his constituents, it, from all appearances, is motivated by little more than nepotistic bed-feathering, blatantly unethical conduct that merits the ire of Citizens Against Government Waste, the people of Kentucky and the U.S.  


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