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April 23, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Administration caught lying again

Although this is a seemingly minor event, Secretary of State John Kerry’s “boat controversy” is worthy to note because of the trend it perpetuates. Basically, a CBS reporter noted that Kerry was seen frolicking on his yacht at the same time Egypt was in turmoil as its president was being overthrown by a military coup.

The State Department immediately issued a counter statement: “Any report that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate. He was working all day.” That worked fine until actual photos of Kerry on his boat, kayaking, and walking among the Fourth of July crowds in Nantucket were released by CBS. Caught in yet another lie, the State Department issued a follow-up statement saying, “He was ‘briefly’ on his boat between his frequent calls to state leaders.” Really? Which was it?

This administration has established a documented trend of automatic lies and attempted cover-ups when it comes to telling the truth to the American people.

I contend that we are at the point where the Obama administration is incapable of telling the truth and is only concerned with consolidating its power through whatever story is necessary to fool the public. For the 2014 midterms, I hope the American public remembers the track record of this group of liars we have running this country and the contenders we have posturing for the next presidential race.

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  1. The real issue for the current Administration is not how often it lies, but how infrequently it tells the truth. And does so [not tell the truth] knowingly and willingly. It's called "integrity" and when it's flittered away, you can't get it back.

    Carmine D

  2. I tend to agree with the letter writer. At some point in the past several years I reversed from feeling great admiration for President Obama to total skepticism.
    Now every time I see his lying lips move on my TV, I have a huge desire to get out the Lysol and cleanse the screen.
    Your President has lost his credibility. Having said that, electing Mitt Romney would have been even worse.
    Because of your perverted system of selecting candidates for Congress and the presidency, America's future seems doomed. Only the rich have any chance of applying successfully for jobs in politics.
    I wonder if I'll still be alive and capable of reading by the time America next elects a President who is principled and capable.

    Donald W. Desaulniers

  3. Looks like right wingers expected Kerry to parachute into Cairo and single handedly fix their mess. Why not? Todays version of John Wayne would have done that, that would be John McCain.

    When will you clowns understand as long as we screw around in middle eastern politics we create enemies? Those people will be at war for generations to come, and if we continue along the same procedures as we do now, we will be suck in their vacuum of killing one another.

  4. "Morsi and his black Muslium Brotherhood"

    What the hell is that? Black Muslims from Chicago joining Morsi in Egypt? Are you talking out of an orifice humans can't use for speech?

  5. Hey, Bellville, don't Canadians have troubles of their own? While I agree that Osama Obama and his cadre of rats are incapable of telling the truth, the way we choose our "leaders" is none of your business. "People in glass houses should not throw stones" is an old and appropriate adage in your case. As for Kerry, truthfully I am surprised at his performance as Secretary of State thus far and give him a B+ (and I'm no "progessive"). He didn't lie and as far as I know, it was some dimwit flack who should be shown the door. If the only 2 choices I had for president were between Kerry & Obama, I'd choose Kerry.

  6. Talk about lies.How about the biggest lie of all created by the Bush/Cheney administration, weapons of mass destruction.They don't get any bigger then that.

  7. Future wants the truth. Healthcare costs have risen at the slowest rate in decades over the last five years. Last quarter healthcare costs were down for the first time in 42 years.

    "Boat controversy" everyone knows you can't conduct business on a yacht. Don't we still use carrier pigeons to transfer information? I think Kerry moved his bowels while he was on his yacht. When the boat controversy is resolved we need to get started on the bowel controversy.

    We need to stop following and photographing politicians 24 hours a day. Being a politician is becoming such a dismal task soon only charlatans and ne'er-do-wells will even want the job. we insult these folks constantly and then wonder why quality people don't run for office.

  8. The American people better remember the track record of this group. We have had years of economic growth without a recession. Cars, banking, housing, retail and insurance have done wonderfully well. The deficit has shrunk as a percentage of GDP each year that Obama has been in office. He's about the only president to have ever accomplish this. In April the government turned a $160 billion surplus for the month. The first surplus in five years.

    As stated above medical costs are beginning to drop for the first time in over 40 years. Millions more are insured and have increased coverage without caps.

    Both wars are winding down. We should have never gotten involved in this mess to begin with. The Middle East has been a thorn in everyone's side since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. No one has a clue as to what to do about it.

    The dollar bottomed out five years ago and has been the strongest currency in the world ever since. The stock market has more than doubled bringing back the entire $16 trillion that was lost during the recession.

    Even though our economic growth rate is slow by historical standards it is the gold standard of the world. Some of our competitors are experiencing unemployment in the 25% range. Unemployment in Europe is above 12% and has been climbing steadily in Asia. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.

    The Republicans are lucky that most Americans don't follow economic events and are as dumb as wall paper. People don't have a clue about most of the above facts. They can't even balance their own checkbooks.

  9. "I contend that we are at the point where the Obama administration is incapable of telling the truth and is only concerned with consolidating its power through whatever story is necessary to fool the public."

    Schrader -- amen to your astute observation. Have a look @ "Above the law -- Obama's radical rejection of the rule of law has fatal consequences" -- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/1...

    "The real issue for the current Administration is not how often it lies, but how infrequently it tells the truth."

    CarmineD -- that's one way of saying it. I like calling it what it is -- lying.

    "Looks like right wingers expected Kerry to parachute into Cairo and single handedly fix their mess."

    VernosB -- it's stupid to label this controversy the way you did. Are you seriously suggesting only "right wingers" should be concerned when our federal government openly lies to us on a material point?? Your mocking is beneath you, or are you actually this gullible to doublespeak?

    "Talk about lies.How about the biggest lie of all created by the Bush/Cheney administration, weapons of mass destruction.They don't get any bigger then that."

    samspeaks -- excellent point. But are you suggesting that should excuse the current regime's crafted falsehoods?

    "Boat controversy" everyone knows you can't conduct business on a yacht."

    zippert -- along with your claim our economy is just peachy, what head-in-the-sand posts. Business is conducted anywhere and everywhere. Seems Kerry turns into an automatic liar whenever it comes to boats, whether they be yachts or swift.

    "I think you all know that I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan on YouTube @ http://youtu.be/xhYJS80MgYA

  10. When I said our economic growth rate was the gold standard of the world I meant our rate of growth was stronger than other OECD countries. My comment had nothing to do with the gold standard that existed 100 years ago.
    Moo.. thinks that I am in some way manipulating numbers and time frames. I compare what has been going on the last five years with what is been going on in the post World War II era. I could go back earlier but it wouldn't make much sense. In the 1800s and early 1900s there was no formal healthcare in the United States. Entitlements were restricted to veterans. People were lucky to make it the 20 years old. There was no federal reserve. In the 1800s recessions occurred every few months. there have been 47 recessions. Thomas Jefferson went broke when land prices collapsed. He was highly leveraged. Deficits have been going on since George Washington. You can draw comparisons between the deficit reduction that's going on today and what went on in Washington's time. It took until 1834 to pay off the revolutionary war. Obama has achieved a quarterly budget surplus in less than five years.

    In doing economic comparisons you can look at how the United States is doing versus other industrialized nations and how the United States is doing versus other time periods in our nations history. I do both!

    I have no idea who Sofia Vergara is but I liked Mae West very much. One of the smartest businesswomen in history and voluptuous to boot. One hell of a good combination.

    Mr. Killer loves to throw insults but is a bit nervous about posting his name. I wonder what's in his background that he doesn't want us to know about? You can tell us, don't be embarrassed.

  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_in_t...
    Anyone who thinks we need a gold standard needs to look at the above graph. From 1776 until 1945 the country couldn't get out of its own way. According to the 1870 census Americans earned less than one dollar a day. In the nearly 1900s it wasn't a hell of a lot better. When we had the gold standard we bounced from economic growth to recession to depression and back. It was nearly constant turmoil.

    Hybrid financial instruments and a worldwide economic collapse brought us higher than trend unemployment and lower than trend growth. When the economy collapsed in 1929 it wasn't until 1954 that the country got all of its wealth back. This time. 4 1/2 years. If we can avoid a recession over the next couple years it will one of the longest periods In US history without one. The longest being the early 2000s.

    Bush doesn't get credit for much but a little known fact is that he presided over the longest period in US history to go without a recession.

    Some of this is off-topic but how much time can you spend talking about a guy sitting in a boat.

  12. "Mr. Killer loves to throw insults but is a bit nervous about posting his name. I wonder what's in his background that he doesn't want us to know about?"

    zippert -- you evidently have no clue what an insult is. As for why I protect my privacy, you'll never know. Since you don't host these Discussions, and the Host is cool with my pseudonym, you can keep wondering.

    "Hell is other people." -- Jean-Paul Sartre from his 1944 play "No Exit"

  13. http://www.statista.com/statistics/21551...
    I'm not sure what the Republican House has to do with the budget situation. Look at the graph. It's been improving for years. The Republicans have fought everything that Obama's tried to do since he took office. If the Republicans want to take credit for the improved fiscal situation good for them.

  14. Wow, the right wingers are desperate for a scandal. ANY kind of scandal.

    This died as a non-issue. Once it was floated out there, it had a short life span. It lasted two minutes. If that.

    Everybody knows a politician is like a policeman. Always at work. And always in contact.

    The only ones talking about it are the Fox News viewers.

    Please go over there to that website and hump each others' legs in mock outrage. Because it ain't workin' here. Take it over to the Fox, Not Facts arena.

    My point is that when you move outside of that sphere of propaganda influence, you really reek of desperation and sound silly when you're outside the realm of truth.

  15. It has become commonplace for the Republican'ts to create tempests in teapots concerning the Obama administration. Now they've started creating category 5 hurricanes in thimbles - after first creating the thimble from thin air.

    One of these days they may just come to understand the moral of Aesop's fable of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. But I'll not stake my money on it.

  16. I hear Sarah Palin wants back in the game. Maybe she can go up against Hillary. That would be the election to end all elections. Greatest blogging event in history.

  17. John Kerry on a Boat? Lying?

    Every statement George W. Bush made about Saddam Hussein building weapons of mass destruction was falsified. Vincent Bugliosi insists that George W. Bush should be on trial for murder, and St. Vincent is absolutely correct.

  18. "I think you all know that I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" -- the late President Ronald Reagan on YouTube"

    Killer B:

    But, Reagan omitted the corollary. "We're happy to have you here."

    Carmine D

  19. With all the distain for George Bush over WMD, when the CIA admitted it was wrong and provided wrong information to President Bush about Iraq's WMD, President Bush took ALL THE BLAME. And he still does. Bush didn't/doesn't point fingers at others and say he relied on them for the intelligence. That's integrity. One of the prerequisites for a U.S. President.

    Carmine D

  20. I have to agree with RefNV (Re Freeman) when he says, at 12:20 a.m., that "The Iraq Resolution was a bi-partisan effort and voted on as such:"

    It certainly was. Which is yet more proof that, if you tell a big enough lie, and tell it loud enough and long enough, even some Congress-critters will begin to believe it.

    Speculate for a minute Freeman: just what would the result have been had the TRUTH been known? That there were no nukes, no poison gas, nothing resembling WMD, no really major armed forces, and a civilian population that has historically rallied against ANY foreign troops on their soil.

  21. I agree, Warrior. There IS "...a sucker born every minute" and most of them will believe the most OUTRAGEOUS tall tales!!