A while back, President Obama used the term “phony scandals” to refer to the numerous issues that his political enemies were blaming on his administration. The big ones in the news at the time were revelations that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny and that the Department of Justice had been studying the phone records of Associated Press reporters, as well as the Benghazi cover-up.
The “phony scandals” phrase caught on among Democrats, who started using it every time they were asked to explain why the administration and so many of its agencies were engaging in secretive and often illegal activities. Did they really think that calling these problems “phony” would make them go away, or make people stop demanding answers?
If so, they were sadly mistaken. And since then, plenty of additional scandals have hit the fan. In fact, they just keep coming and coming. Once the number of problems reaches a certain point, it becomes difficult to remember them all. And when that happens, it’s human nature to wonder if perhaps there weren’t that many to begin with.
So, I thought I would remind you of just a few of the Obama Administration scandals. Keeping them fresh in our minds is a good way to avoid getting caught up in the “phony scandal” syndrome they like to preach. Plus, it’s kind of fun to say, “I told you so” once in a while.
• The Fast and Furious scheme that allowed weapons to move unchecked into Mexico and into the hands of drug dealers.
• The General Services Administration “training conference” that cost American taxpayers more than $800,000 and included a mind reader and clowns. (Actually, there were plenty of “clowns” at this event, but right now I’m only referring to the ones who painted their faces and wore large wigs.)
• The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula after his anti-Muslim video was used by the administration as the reason for the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
• NSA spying. I don’t know where to start with this one. Every few weeks or so we learn more about this blatant overreach of governmental power. This agency never stops spying on anybody and everybody, wasting billions of dollars that could be spent on the real war on terror.
There are countless more scandals, of course, including the Solyndra fiasco, the EPA’s scrutiny of conservative groups, the Health and Human Services department’s soliciting of donations from companies it might regulate, etc. We don’t have room for this endless series of abuse.
And maybe that’s the goal of the Obama Administration. Just litter the landscape with as many scandals as possible so that it becomes nearly impossible to focus on any one or two. That way, you can get away with a lot more. In three years, this guy will be out of office, but the damage he has done will last for a long time. Who replaces him will determine, at least in part, how long that “long time” lasts.
Of all the Obama Administration scandals, which one or two do you believe will ultimately prove to be the worst? Please let me know your thoughts on this.