Obama employees finally fired, held accountable
Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger,...
CHARLESTON, SC, October 25, 2013—President Obama and his administration have been besieged by scandals and accusations of everything from incompetence to corruption. The scandals range from Fast and Furious to Benghazi to IRS abuses to NSA spying. The ability to govern is questioned by the failed rollout of Obamacare due to a defective website.
Whenever Obama encounters any allegations of mismanagement, the same pattern takes place. He exudes righteous indignation, declares the problem “unacceptable,” and promises to find out who is “responsible” and hold them “accountable.”
In the private sector, these words have meaning. Mistakes get people fired, and deliberate malfeasance often results in people going to jail. In Obamaworld, promises of accountability go unfulfilled.
The same defensive posture occurs every time. Obama or Jay Carney insists that the first priority is making sure that the mistake never happens again. Anyone demanding more is dismissed as engaging in partisan politics rather than working to solve the problem. Administration officials stonewall legitimate inquiries until the specific incident becomes “old news.”
Yet one group of people actually does lose their protected status. Two people have been fired in recent days, fitting an unmistakeable pattern.
National Security aide Jofi Joseph was fired for criticizing administration officials on Twitter under the handle @natsecwonk.
Obamacare telephone operator Erling Davis was fired for telling Sean Hannity that Americans were not satisfied with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Davis had no idea who Hannity was, treating him in the same professional manner as she would any other caller.
In past years, two other individuals were dismissed for similar transgressions.
General Stanley McChrystal was fired from his position as commander in Afghanistan after making unflattering remarks about Obama and other administration officials in Rolling Stone magazine.
Shirley Sherrod was fired from the agriculture department when she was caught on video making remarks against white farmers that were perceived as racist.
Other individuals have been more fortunate.
Attorney General Eric Holder was behind the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning sting. He was found in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. His job is safe.
Ambassador Susan Rice went on all five Sunday morning television shows and blamed Benghazi on a video that virtually nobody saw. She was promoted to National Security Advisor.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also blamed the video, and angrily asked “what difference at this point does it make” why four innocent Americans were murdered by Islamists. She is also seeking a promotion, and retired from her job with her pension intact.
IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner has been caught in emails admitting to targeting half the country, specifically singling out Tea Party groups for political harassment. Ms. Lerner was put on paid administrative leave after incorrectly asserting her Fifth Amendment rights. She has now retired with her full pension.
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