- - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When Democrats were exulting in the celestial glow of the third coming of Camelot, they surely did not expect that nirvana would be characterized by sheer incompetence, gross hypocrisy and a total aversion to accountability.

President Obama railed against President George W. Bush for the no-bid contracts awarded Halliburton in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet implementation of his signature legislation was awarded, without bid, to CGI in a contract that does not include the typical penalties for late performance. Mr. Obama berated 2012 presidential challenger Mitt Romney for outsourcing that occurred while Mr. Romney was the CEO of Bain Capital, more than 10 years ago and while our economy was booming. Mr. Obama awarded the contract for his signature legislation to a Canadian firm with close ties to the first lady, while our economy is still flaccid after five years of governance by the “Party of Smart.”

After a U.S. representative was gravely injured and a judge and child were killed in Arizona, Mr. Obama lectured us on the need for a less toxic and more constructive dialogue in Washington and across the country. During the recent standoff, Mr. Obama and his acolytes called Republicans everything but pedophiles, and then questioned why they were not more amenable to the Obama position.

Through all the “bogus” scandals — Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS targeting of political opponents, the persecution of reporters seeking information that the “most transparent” administration in history wanted suppressed, the surveillance of communications of friendly heads of state, the humiliating rollout of Obamacare and now the blatantly false promises that Americans could keep the health care policies and physicians that they liked — no one from the administration will take responsibility.

If this is Camelot, I’ll take a return to the days when this country was lead by the celluloid cowboy of B-grade films.

GEORGE R. WALTON

Richmond

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