As a candidate, Barack Obama offered to govern as the most “open and honest” administration in history. Sadly, we’ve learned at great expense that these empty words are just another example of the corruption of Obama’s tenure.
I was reminded again of Obama’s dishonest and fraudulent conduct last week when the Justice Department released details of its case against John C. Beale.
Beale is the disgraced deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. He stands accused of stealing $886,186 between 2000 and 2013. You see, Beale had schemed a way to pay himself the nearly one million he stole in the form of salary bonuses.
Beale most recently worked for Gina McCarthy as her top deputy. This is the same Gina McCarthy who was recently promoted by Obama to run the entire EPA.
But you have to ask yourself why McCarthy wasn’t held accountable for her subordinate’s criminal activity. Is it now standard operating procedure to promote managers who can’t spot theft and crime right under their noses?
I’m old enough to remember a time when the top boss was held accountable for corruption within his or her team.
A Long, Dark History
Now, the Beale corruption is really small potatoes compared to other government corruption. In fact, I’m beginning to believe the Obama administration is so corrupt that it’s impossible to keep track of it all. So I decided to reflect a little.
Right out of the gate, Barack Obama nominated a tax cheater to be Treasury Secretary. That’s right… Obama actually put Timothy Geithner in charge of the agency he attempted to defraud. When you reflect on the chutzpah of this appointment, it’s easy to see how the IRS has become a rogue agency that targets Obama’s political opponents with audits, penalties, and litigation.
Next came the outrageous $825 billion stimulus bill. It was supposedly going to create jobs and get the economy moving. Instead, it was a maze of profiteering and crony capitalism. Obama swore the “green economy” would produce no less than millions of jobs and one million electric vehicles. The Energy Department alone dished out $35.2 billion in stimulus money. But then Solyndra went bankrupt, and taxpayers lost nearly half a billion dollars on that swindle alone.
And let’s not forget Operation Fast and Furious, when the U.S. Justice Department lawlessly placed thousands of guns in the hands of criminals in Mexico. The Obama administration actually ordered gun storeowners to illegally sell thousands of guns to known criminals.
During the Chrysler and GM bankruptcy, Obama bagged the Fifth Amendment along with well-established bankruptcy law by illegally stripping secured bondholders of their rights. These bondholders consisted of pension funds for retired teachers and policemen. In fact, there’s a word for this lawless behavior: theft.
Or how about the military action in Libya? Obama had no congressional approval to carry out this unlawful intervention. Even George W. Bush didn’t overthrow Saddam Hussein until he asked Congress for permission.
Then Obama had four U.S. citizens obliterated by drones without legal due process. Ron Paul, who was then in Congress, said Obama’s actions might be impeachable offenses. This led to a chorus in Congress that accused Obama of violating the U.S. Constitution; yet no follow-up has occurred.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it shows that the corruption is neither recent nor isolated. Maybe we were naïve to have expected a politician from Chicago, infamous as a corrupt and crony-governed city, to be a fair and honest man.
But now that we know his administration is riddled with corruption, we have to ask a deeper question about the rule of law. If Obama and his underlings can engage in this much criminal activity with no accountability, has the culture of honest governing permanently come to an end?
This article originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.