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August 7, 2013

My View: Obama's actions fall short on scandals

Speaking at Knox College, President Obama called on Congress to offer constructive input: "With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball," he said. "And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires."

I agree with the president that Congress needs to offer constructive input on real problems that confront America. Calling serious if not criminal actions “distractions” or “phony” only shows the president’s lack of responsibility and accountability for this administration. I seem to remember Richard Nixon wanting to change the conversation in America from Watergate to talk about jobs decades ago. Changing the subject is something the president wants to do, but I think America deserves answers first.

Let’s talk about Benghazi. We lost four Americans; a foreign ambassador and two brave Marines. Why didn’t the president send in help? Why were the survivors hidden and forced to sign non-disclosure agreements? Don’t we owe the truth to the families of the dead? I for one believe Americans do not leave other Americans behind defenseless or without backup. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s remark “What difference does it make” rings loud with many. Having soldiers coming back home in body bags when our military was told to “stand down,” makes a difference. Did the President fail in his role as commander and chief? I think so. But let’s change the subject.

Let’s talk about the IRS targeting “conservative” groups that applied to obtain tax-exempt status to operate. Why was extra scrutiny targeted on 100 percent of “conservative” groups compared to less than 1/3 of liberal groups [1]? Why did IRS head Douglas Shulman claim he only visited White House on few occasions when White House records show he visited over 150 times [2]? One visit occurred just prior to IRS targeting these groups. Now records seemed to have disappeared?

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