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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Abuse of power, where is the outrage?

Obama sacks an Inspector General and breaks a law that he cosponsored by doing so, and that’s just for starters.

Of course some might say that’s nothing because Bush fired a bunch of attorneys! Needer needer nyah nyah!

Yes he did, but another fact often overlooked, due to the conveniently manufactured outrage, is that those attorneys served at the pleasure of the President. While the matter was handled clumsily, that does not mean it was illegal.

Now, let’s get to what we know thus far regarding Obama’s hope and change actions (words are less important after all) as applied to Inspector Generals.

From Ed Morrissey at HotAir:

The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today.  Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers.


The third incident came last week at the International Trade Commission, where Judith Gwynne worked independent of the White House, and which will be a critical position as Obama reshapes trade arrangements around the world. An ITC employee earlier this year “forcibly removed” paperwork from Gwynne. Rather than back the IG after Grassley wrote a letter demanding answers, the political appointees at the ITC dumped her.

Be sure to read all of Ed’s post for more info.

As Ed says:

We are seeing a pattern, no longer just a single data point.

The silence from the usual suspects is deafening. Well, except for their nyah nyah apples to oranges attempt to deflect that issues forth from some.


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