Justin Martin
From the HR Department

Am I Un-American?

Justin Martin on January 16th, 2009 1 Comment

I admit it. I still talk on my cell phone when I drive, even though this past year Washington State enacted a law making this illegal. I like to think of it as my own little private protest (hey it helps me sleep at night) as I don’t believe they need to regulate when I talk…but maybe I’m wrong.

Recently I have been reading headlines implicating some of the biggest organizations in a HUGE corporate governance scandal. It started with one of the largest IT companies in the country admitting that they “cooked” their books in the tune of 1.5 billion dollars. The fallout from this involves their top executives being placed in jail and their auditors (Price Waterhouse) being investigated. In addition, two other major IT companies have been banned from the World Bank due to unethical business practices.

If you are asking why you haven’t heard about this, it is because it’s happening in India. However doesn’t it sound familiar to the Enron situation and the accounting scandals that came to light afterwards? The later resulting in Sarbanes-Oxley and the all the new regulation requirements it involves.

Everyday I hear more about the economic crisis our own country is facing, to the point where I am almost numb to any new info that comes out. Did Greenspan’s policies of de-regulation lead to our current economic situation? I will leave that debate to people much smarter then me. However it does lead to the question “Do we need to be regulated?” I’m not sure how Adam Smith would react to me saying this but it does seem that regulation serves a purpose. Just look what is happening all over the world, from India to the United States. It feels weird admitting this, it almost feels un-American. What are your thoughts?

Justin Martin

Justin started his long career at Verity as a summer intern. After leaving to pursue a degree in human resource management at Western Washington University, he returned to what he describes as “one of the strongest environments I have seen in terms of focus on their employees.” During his time here, Verity has been recognized with multiple awards ranging from employee development initiatives to overall work environment. Justin holds an MBA from Seattle University along with being an honors graduate from Western CUNA Management School and a certified Credit Union Development Educator.

One Response

  1. QueenBee says:

    If we need to do be regulated who is going to regulate the regulators? As they say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely… It’s clear we need to be regulated or we would have chaos and anarchy but regulating comes with a cost as humans are fallible. As for the cell phone law, it seems silly to me to not ban the actual activity that IMO causes accidents. If I get in an accident because of talking on my cell phone it will be the dialing or the actual talking and not because I’m holding the phone.

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