Interestingly enough, the most transparent and ethical administration in history has its fingers in a lot of unsavory pies.
In the January 2010 speech above, President Obama exclaimed he wouldn’t stop fighting to “rein in exploding deficits.” He also pledged to slice our deficit in half by the end of his first term. Has obviously has not met these promises. Rather, he fought the Republicans in Congress when they demanded spending cuts in exchange for the debt ceiling increase that he requested.
Of course, many logical people may legitimately perceive this as a disappointment rather than outright lie, however to conclude such about all the issues going on in the administration is not such an easy task.
One of the first Obama scandals to break into mainstream news was the Solydra loan guarantee and the company’s subsequent failure. In fact, the entire DOE Loan Guarantee Program now appears corrupt and troubled. The problem isn’t so much that the company failed and tax dollars were wasted (although that is bothersome), but the way the administration selected the companies to support with federal tax dollars. Standing in front of the Solyndra facility, Mitt Romney explained it better than I can:
An independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family – to campaign contributors. This building, this half a billion dollar taxpayer investment, represents a serious conflict of interest on the part of the president and his team.
Ok, but let’s chalk that up to an honest mistake and call the fact that the loan guarantees just so happened to go to campaign “bundlers” and donors a major coincidence, not wild corruption.
…And maybe it was in the spirit of fulfilling his promise to provide the most transparent administration in history that he revealed classified security information. You have probably heard that such information was leaked and both Republicans and some Democrats believe the Obama administration did so to bolster the president’s national security image. Of course, they deny it was their own doing. Israel is livid, as the leak including some of our ally’s security information regarding handling a potentially nuclear Iran.
Given their openness about security secrets, it is fascinating how well they’ve done to hide information regarding the very biggest scandal of the administration–The Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Attorney General Eric Holder is now on the verge of being held in contempt of Congress and is being called to resign. At least five Democrats will join Republicans in voting to hold the Attorney General in contempt (vote should be held on June 28th, same day as the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare). The President went so far as to use his executive privilege to shield some documents from being uncovered after Holder’s refusal to turn over the documents did not quell demands. This is only the first time that President Obama has used the privilege (Bush and Clinton used the privilege 14 and six times, respectively) and they argue that the information would jeopardize the safety of some agents. Others believe there is more to the story that is being hidden. There is much still unknown, but it seems odd that documents requested by Congress are well hidden while classified national security secrets are leaked.
I’m not so sure all of these scandals represent crookedness on the President’s behalf, but I do think it is enough to decry that he has failed in his promise to provide a transparent and ethical administration. Come to your own conclusions and please share in the comments!
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