This is about the problem I have with Carl Levin's luxury of choice in whether or not he reports Jamie Dimon for criminal activity.
I have been a classroom teacher. I completed a degree in teaching. One of the key parts of that program was to learn under which circumstances a teacher must report possible cases of abuse.
One thing we learned was how to rotate the body very rapidly in order to thwart the hugging attempts of an oncoming kindergartener. Boom! Twist. Side hug!
We also learned very clearly about what constitutes the "swimsuit area."
Those things come in handy.
Yet, for some reason, congressional committees seem to have the ability to determine if they really should turn in someone who is discovered to have possibly committed a crime.
It's really crazy.
If I have a kid walk into a classroom with bruises, and if I ask him what happened, and he tells me that he was hit by a parent, well, I'm required to make that known to the authorities.
Additionally, as a citizen, I am required to report a felony, or I might become an accessory to the crime after the fact. That may vary state to state, because as they say in the blog biz, I am not a lawyer.
They ought to pass a law. (And the cliche drops!)
So why don't we do something like that?
We need to have our congress held to the same standards we are when it comes to reporting a crime.
If they are privy to details about a crime that is unreported, then they should be held criminally liable for their own lack of reporting the crime.