GOP giddy over 'scandals'

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Harold Stephens


I have been stunned at the print and air time given to the most recent set of political scandals dogging the administration. The Republicans and the conservative news outlets have been giddy at the traction the Benghazi fiasco, the AP revelations and the IRS investigations of Tea Party groups has received. I don’t understand why these stories generate the time and attention they engender, while the country struggles with issues of real substance.

If these stories are foremost based on the fact that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Fox News claimed they constitute the biggest set of problems and lies ever foisted on the American public, then all I can say is shame on them. We’re still paying for two wars based on their claims that were mostly based on falsehoods.

I would like to investigate: Why we can’t simplify the whole tax code. Why, when 90 percent of Americans would like background checks for gun purchases, the Senate can’t garner 60 votes to get it done? Why does Congress reject spending on projects to put thousands of Americans to work?

Why do we continue to face a loss of jobs based on a sequester no one can justify? Why does Congress continue to receive pay, retirement and health care benefits that are greater than anything available to the general public? Why does the partisanship that infects politicians guarantee that nothing of substance will be done?

The stock market is at an all-time high. Private employment is up. People are buying homes again and the deficit is going down.

The Benghazi tragedy has been the subject of a review by a congressionally established review board. Recommendations are being instituted at the State Department and the CIA.

It is the job of the IRS to determine if 501 (C)(4) entities are being formed in an effort to provide social, not political benefits.

The freedom of the press is not likely to be lost. The Department of Justice may determine, in the interest of national security, that some reporters should be investigated for receiving access to information that is otherwise designated as top secret.

Harold Stephens


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