Thanks to Leon Panetta

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Nowhere are good ethics more important than with the people who serve us in government. Now, one of our greatest advocates of good ethics is leaving the Obama Administration. Leon Panetta served as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, later as Obama’s CIA Director and as Secretary of Defense. He is the model of ethical behavior, which is why presidents chose him for the toughest jobs. Panetta served in the most critical moments in recent history, as leader of the most important departments in our government.

After serving at the highest levels, Panetta is retiring from a stellar career in Washington DC. He is to be honored, not just for his professional work but what he stood for as an ethical human being.

I became acquainted with Mr. Panetta 25 years ago, before he came to the forefront of national attention, when as a local leader in Monterey, California, he worked with me to successfully protect a wilderness area from development.

Then again a few years ago, I was in contact with Mr. Panetta after I wrote a children’s book on ethics, which Mr. Panetta generously endorsed. His endorsement reflects his personal values: “At a time when all of us may doubt the value and ethics of our society, this book offers hope that a new generation of children will learn to live their lives by the rules of decency and civility. It is aimed at helping children develop character; but in a real way, it can help all of us be better human beings.”

Thank you, Leon Panetta, for your model citizenry all these years.


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One of the good guys.

Georgy (anonymous profile)
February 1, 2013 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aside from Panetta and Hilary, the administration doesn't have many cabinet members worth anything. At least Kerry is a worthy replacement. Most of his cabinet are total losers.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 1, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm liking Hegel. The Treasury guy is a fox in the hen house.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 1, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I like Hegel too, especially how he turned Marx on his head and criticized the Iraq War when it was unpopular to do so. Hagel, Hegel, Hegelian, Heckle...?
Yeah, Kerry may be OK, but Geithner was always a loser.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In many ways it's a Reaganesque cabinet but peops will still bemoan Obama's "Extreme Left Agenda".

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 2:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, and all those guys.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Groucho and Zeppo

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 5:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Schopenauer, Herder, Donner and Blitzen. Harpo,..all of 'em.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 7:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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