Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The Obama administration is unraveling and disintegrating before America’s eyes. The unfolding situation is both a national embarrassment and a disgrace.
Suddenly, in the wake of the grossly negligent and intentionally misleading fiasco in Benghazi, a series of new scandals have now rocked the Obama administration. In rapid succession, the IRS has been charged with targeting conservative organizations like the Tea Party who are applying for tax-exempt status. Only the most fervent and extreme liberals have refused to condemn the agency and question the effectiveness of higher levels of management in Obama’s administration.
Next, the Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of several Associated Press employees. This was purportedly to identify a leak to the AP from somewhere within the Obama administration regarding a terrorist activity that threatened U.S. interests. Attorney General Eric Holder has recused himself from leading the Justice Department investigation into the matter, fingering one of his deputies for ordering the seizure from the AP.
Then, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is under investigation for possible violations of federal law for soliciting donations from private companies that her agency may regulate to help finance the sign-up of Americans who are uninsured for Obamacare.
The occurrence of these events at such a pace is exposing cracks in the administration’s overall management effectiveness and organizational controls, and is threatening to undermine public confidence in the government.