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Letter: The government we deserve?

365体育投注President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The government you elect is the government you deserve.”

The Inspector General Act of 1978 is a good government law passed in the wake of Watergate to permit the daylighting of federal government malfeasance through independent investigations and reports.

Each inspector general is appointed for the federal departments by the president “without regard to political affiliation and solely on the basis of integrity and demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.”

365体育投注Buried in news focused on the public health emergency, the IG for the State Department was fired last week. He was investigating the legality of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This is the fourth IG to be removed from office without just cause in the last few weeks.

365体育投注These removals ended investigations that may have revealed federal government wrongdoing, will have a chilling effect on the work of other IGs, and is a step backwards for principled government. Is this the government we deserve?

David Sandino
Davis

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