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Where Does The Buck Stop?

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 15, 2013 9:09 AM |

So much for hope and change.

The stench of the cesspool of scandalous activities in Washington is now bubbling over into the backyards of those who have previously stridently defended this administration.

The flood of filth associated with the three current bombshell stories leaves me with a number of feelings and questions that I would like to share with readers. I would welcome hearing what readers make of all these sordid situations. My thoughts include:

1. We are witnessing a serious failure of real leadership. I do not pretend to think that the other side of the aisle has the statesmen our country needs right now but does anybody believe that the administration is displaying the necessary leadership to move our country forward currently.

If the administration had a real set of balls and the courage and character needed for the office, I think we would witness the immediate announcement of 3 separate independent investigations led by people with unquestioned integrity and credibility. Grant these investigators the power of the subpoena and mandate that they leave no stone unturned in determining “THE TRUTH.”  Whom would readers nominate? Allow me to throw out the names of Judd Gregg and Evan Bayh to start. Allow these individuals “to get to the bottom” of what really happened in all three situations so that our  national interests can once again be prioritized.

2. Who is Denis McDonough? At all times but especially during times of crisis, the White House Chief of Staff is the administration’s de facto chief operating officer. Check out McDonoughs’ resume. He may have a distinguished career down the road but as of now he not only has no public presence but little meaningful experience to occupy such a lofty position. This is not good.

3. In regard to the Department of Justice’s betrayal of the Associated Press, none other than the chief executive of the Project on Government Oversight, Danielle Brian, said, “The Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records is Nixonian. The American public deserves a full accounting of why and how this could happen.”

Strong words from an individual and an organization that works tirelessly to promote truth and transparency in Washington.  All too much evidence of intimidating whistleblowers has streamed out of Washington over the last few years. I am all for national security. I am also all for protecting the interests and identities of whistleblowers.

4. Add it all up and what do we get and why do I feel compelled to write this commentary?

Without strong leadership, the trust and confidence so badly needed to help our economy grow will not only be stifled but will actually decline. The “people’s business” will remain relegated to the back burner. Do you think the many families struggling to make ends meet need to see our news dominated by activities that do nothing to help put bread on the table?

The Washington soap opera will run for another season. Real life in mainstream America deserves far better.

Navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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I have no business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.


  • Matt

    Some historical perspective–I can remember the Eisenhower Administration when Sherman Adams, Ike’s Chief of Staff, was forced to resign his office foe accepting a vicuna coat from a lobbyist (!!!). Now evidently we should be grateful that the Government doesn’t walk off with the family silver.
    The destruction of ethical behavior in Washington (and Albany,my State Capital) is truly disgusting.

  • LD

    The Justice Department’s secret review of Associated Press telephone records gives federal employee advocates one more reason to doubt the Obama administration’s full commitment to protecting whistleblowers, particularly those in national security agencies.

    Revelations about the department’s broad prying into the work, home and mobile phone records of AP journalists in Washington, New York and Hartford, Conn., sent a chill through news organizations.

    Perhaps that was the point.

    AP Case Points to Complaints About Some Obama Whistleblower Policies

  • Bill

    Obama bears full responsibility for this IRS business. At minimum, his administration created the culture in which the bacillus flourished. Remember Joe Biden’s comparison of the tea party to terrorists? I am firmly convinced that if there is a thorough investigation, this will reach into the White House. Probably not to Obama himself. Remember the scene from the movie the Godfather in which Don Corleone tells his consiliere to have Clemenza handle a certain matter? Unlike the Godfather, Obama failed to include the admonition to get reliable people, people who would not get carried away.

  • Joe_in_Indiana

    I would NOT pick anybody from the political arena to find out what is going on with these scandals. I would prefer someone from the Military or Private business would would not put up with any bluster and would put the hammer down.

    My personal experience with Evan Bayh through emails is saying one thing then doing another, like most politicians. Granted he is a moderate which is a plus. I don’t think he wants to go back to the stink there.

    Judd Gregg – I haven’t really have warmed up to.

  • LD

    Is this America?

    In the midst of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal, individuals and groups, alike, are continuing to come forward with ever-startling allegations. On Wednesday, Dr. Anne Hendershott, a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author, exclusively told TheBlaze that she believes she may have been one of the IRS’s targets.

    According to Hendershott, the IRS audited her in 2010 and demanded to know who was paying her and “what their politics were.”

    It all started with a phone call she received at her home in May of that year — a call during which Hendershott was told she would be audited. A letter that followed on May 19, 2010 solidified the IRS’s request to meet her in person two months later in July. While IRS investigations are certainly not uncommon occurrences, the professor believes that the situation surrounding hers was more-than-curious.

    “The IRS calls my house and says … ‘I just wanted to let you know that we’re going to be auditing your business’ and I said ‘My businesses?’ and he said, ‘You know the expenses you take off for writing,” the academic recalls.

    Hendershott was surprised she was being audited on business grounds considering she does not operate an entrepreneurial endeavor in the traditional sense. In addition to her academic work, she told TheBlaze that she occasionally freelances for Catholic outlets and for the Wall Street Journal. But can this really be considered “business” activity?

    “I don’t make a lot of money from writing. In fact most years I don’t show a profit,” she told TheBlaze.

    Hendershott said some of the outlets and organizations she has written for haven’t paid her a cent.

    But the circumstances surrounding the irregular nature of the experience don’t end there. Hendershott noted it was particularly surprising that she, alone, was audited. Her husband, who brings in the vast majority of the family’s income, was not included in the IRS’s inquiry — even though the Hendershotts always files jointly.

    So when the agent explained that she would need to come alone and in person to discuss her “business” activity in July of 2010, the professor was perplexed.

    “[The IRS agent] didn’t even let me decide when it would be good for me … He didn’t want my husband to come,” she said of the meeting, which was held at an IRS office in New Haven, Connecticut.

    The process was a grueling one, including many questions that Hendershott felt were political in nature. Numerous records were requested before the in-person meeting, as well as during and after.

    “Every question had to do with bank deposits we made. Every single question,” she said. “What is this money? And I didn’t know a lot of it. We had to go to our bank and get deposits back. We had to get records showing where the money came from.”

    While asking about the deposits, the agent wanted to know if the monies came from groups and, if so, what the organizations’ politics were.

    The mention of groups, Hendershott notes, is particularly interesting, as she had been writing for numerous Catholic outlets and organizations at the time. In addition to Catholic World Report and the Catholic Advocate, she also penned op-eds for the Wall Street Journal. Many of these writings were critical of President Barack Obama and his policies.

    And the plot thickens. Among the organizations she targeted in her writings were progressive groups highly supportive of Democratic causes, including: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United, and Catholic Democrats.


  • Ray

    Is it any wonder that God ask us to pray for those in power (even if they abuse it)??

  • Barry

    Distressing times, indeed.

  • Peter Sivere

    Many lawmakers are angry at Mr. Miller for failing to disclose the problems in two letters to Congress as well as in testimony last year—all after the IRS says he learned of the problems in May 2012.

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