- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Political perjury is acceptable for public officeholders in a way that embezzlement of public funds is not (“Obama’s big deficit lie,” Comment & Analysis, Friday).

When President Obama says, “Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years,” he is not in denial, he is failing to tell the truth. There’s a big difference. What he is doing is blatant betrayal of the public trust and perjury for political gain.

Likewise, when Mr. Obama gives billions of dollars in public funds to his political fundraisers under the guise of furthering unreliable, expensive “green” energy while holding back vast domestic oil and coal energy resources, it is tantamount to embezzlement of public funds.

Indeed elected officials - from the president of the United States to local city council members - take oaths to uphold the law and to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution, and/or state constitution, which strongly implies an oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth while in office.

We should never have to accept as immutable fact that most politicians lie while in office. Failure to tell the truth while in public office is unconscionable and should be cause for removal from office.

DANIEL B. JEFFS

Apple Valley, Calif.

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