By Fred Johnson
President Obama recently asked that we ignore the “phony” scandals. Let’s see, what would those phony scandals be?
We could start with “Fast and Furious,” where federal agents allowed the sale of a few thousand guns to suspected thugs tied to Mexican drug gangs. Eventually two of the guns turned up at the scene of a shootout in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed.
Then we have Benghazi, where four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya, were slaughtered? That happened almost a year ago and we still don’t have all the facts. The president said those responsible would be brought to justice, but the ones responsible are known and are still running free. Telling the American people and the UN that the attack was a “spontaneous demonstration” over a YouTube video was another scandal.
Another emerging scandal involves Seal Team Six who captured Osama bin Laden. First their names were released by the White House, making them targets for terrorists. Then, 22 members of Seal Team Six, including two seals from the bin Laden mission, were sent out in a helicopter mission in Afghanistan into an ambush and were all killed.
Then we have the abuse of power by the IRS in targeting conservatives. And, of course, we have the scandal of the Department of Justice spying on journalists at Fox News and the Associated Press. Or how bout NSA collecting everyone’s phone calls and e-mails and even demanding that internet providers supply them the passwords of their subscribers.
The real scandal appears to be the media which have studiously ignored this barrage of scandals.
If we are looking for “phony,” Mort Zuckerman reports that a jobless recovery is a phony recovery. While we are hearing reports from Washington that our recovery is gathering steam, the facts show that three times as many people have left the workforce than ones who got a new job during the recovery. The 7.6 percent unemployment figure so common in headlines these days is utterly misleading. An estimated 22 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. If you include these people the real unemployment rate for June is 14.3 percent.
Obama Care is causing employers to shift many full-time workers to part-time workers. The government’s Household Survey reports that in June full-time jobs declined by 240,000, while part-time jobs rose by 360,000 and have now reached an all-time high of 28 million. Ironically, a call center funded by the Obama administration to help Americans understand the intricacies of Obama Care is hiring part time workers who will not get health care benefits.
The AP reports this week that four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
It appears that our nation’s problems can be boiled down to this. We have an out-of-control, scandal ridden administration that is clueless on how to fix our economy that is much worse than they tell us.