By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue May 21, 2013, 04:10 PM EDT
Mr. President, the buck stops with you.
President Truman set that standard, with these very words posted on a sign on his Oval Office desk.
But now, with over a thousand days left in this second Obama administration, we find a Nixonian stench emerging from the “W. House.”
What we’ve witnessed this past week has been a stew — some issues like Benghazi simmering for months — while the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of conservative groups was known to insiders and then exploded into the public consciouness last week.
As a reporter, I was most incensed about the monitoring of Associated Press phone calls, but at least there was a plausible reason for it when Attorney General Eric Holder described a Department of Justice leak involving a terror airliner plot.
The Benghazi story has emboldened Republican conspiracy theorists, but what sticks out at me is the fact that Ambassador Chris Stevens ventured out to a CIA facility with only four security personnel and no obvious Plan B once the RPGs began to fly. This was a logistics problem and, having occurred on Sept. 11, a lack of recognition of the historic relevance coming in a sector that had 60 other terror-related events in the previous six months.
The IRS component has echoes of Nixon era enemies lists, spying, using the FBI to track political henchmen, and that sort.
Particularly when acting IRS Director Steven Miller wrote in a USA Today op-ed article, “Mistakes were made, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan motivation.”
I couldn’t believe the wording, that conjured up Watergate: “. . . mistakes were made …”
What the IRS — and possibly the Obama administration — has done is played right into the hands of some of the Tea Party and Patriot groups who sensed conspiracy and political malfeasance beginning three years ago. Some of this mistrust was warranted, some of it hyped. Some misguided; some not. But now the Obama regime has provided authentication to what some had seen as paranoia.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
April 18, 2014
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