To avoid the crap we have seen, which there is obviously no need to recap here:
- Upon announcing his/her candidacy for President of the United States, but before beginning any fund raising or campaigning actively:
a. Said candidate shall divest all owned business interests 100%. That includes selling all stock owned of any kind, selling all interests in any partnership of any kind, selling any single proprietorship of any kind.
b. Said candidate shall resign from any and all boards, including boards of any non profit institution.
c. Said candidate shall resign from any officer level position in any company, to include, but not limited to the positions of President, Vice President, CEO, CFO, CIO, etc.
d. Said candidate shall cause the proceeds of all the above sales to be placed with an independent wealth management firm, which shall immediately set up a blind trust and invest such assets in a safe and prudent manner. The candidate shall thereafter only know the yearly proceeds and the wealth firm shall report the proceeds to the IRS and to the candidate in such a manner as to prevent the candidate from discerning the individual assets.
e. Said candidate will produce all tax returns for the previous 10 years and successful candidates shall continue to produce all tax returns during their continuance in office and for 4 years after leaving office.
f. Unsuccessful candidates may resume normal business immediately upon termination of their campaign or defeat in the party convention or general election.
g. Successful candidates, upon leaving the Presidency, shall be required to maintain their assets in a blind trust for 1 year after leaving office and will be barred for assuming an officer level position or board position in any company for 1 year after leaving office.
h. Successful candidates, upon leaving the Presidency, shall be forever barred from owning stock of any kind in any company that either does business or solicits to do business with the United States Government. They may, after 1 year, begin to reacquire stock in other companies.
- Foreign Heads of State/Heads of Government/diplomats/trade representatives/etc. shall only be received in the official facilities of the United States, such as the White House, Camp David, etc. If necessity requires a private facility to be utilized, bids shall be taken among competing facilities and the lowest and best bid, as discerned by a career United States contracting officer shall prevail
This is really only the beginning.
The United States needs new and tough ethics statutes in the worst way. And Congress should be looked at as well.