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June 19, 2013

White House owes us honest answers

Hello Washington! Is anyone working on the IRS scandal, our financial crisis or Benghazi? Who is managing the Executive Branch? How about some honest answers from the White House?

Since 2009, the federal red ink has exceeded $1 trillion each year. This continues in 2013, and our country continues to sink into financial chaos, yet the White House shows little interest in doing anything about it.

The secrecy surrounding the outright murder of our ambassador in Benghazi continues. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s explanation was totally false. After nearly 10 months, all the Administration says is “it’s under investigation.” However, Rice has been promoted to national security adviser for her good work.

Testimony before Congress verifies the IRS targeted conservative organizations with long, intrusive investigations. When this mess was uncovered, President Obama said he learned about it from the media. What kind of management do we have in this White House? 

In working my way up the ladder, I served under four CEOs. Every one of the presidents told us vice presidents that if a problem came up, they wanted to be notified immediately. Sherlock Holmes would have said “it’s elementary, my dear Watson.”

Recently we learned Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he was never involved in targeting reporters and didn’t believe it was right. Then we learn he actually signed off on targeting a specific reporter … plus his Justice Department had some 20 Associated Press reporters under surveillance. Is our attorney general truthful?

We learned this week that 250 government employees in the Veterans Administration work full-time for their union and not for our veterans.

As a Verizon customer, I know the government is accumulating a record of my cell phone calls. 

Is this the way President Obama and his White House define democracy?

Stan Hall

Cooperstown

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