You Scratch My Back…


I thought Democrats and the Obama administration in particular were supposed to be different? At the time the Dems won back the majority in the House of Representatives in 2006, much ado was made about how corrupt the Republicans were at the time and how things were going to change. Well, the newly in-charge Corrupticrats stumbled into the same old pattern of misdeeds, bad judgement and flat-out corrupt activity.

Now there are charges of croneyism in the Obama administration, something the mainstream press would’ve been jumping all over like a male dog in “that” mood. As reported by ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Obama recently fired the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Gerald Walpin. Obama said he was exercising his power as President and had suspended Walpin, with pay, and said that the termination would be effective within 30 days. The President wrote that he needed to have full confidence in the Inspector General and that it was no longer the case in this instance.

What hasn’t been widely reported is that Walpin was involved in an investigation involving former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who is currently mayor of Sacramento and a supporter of President Obama. Johnson helped found a community group called St. Hope Academy. The investigation centers on how funds appropriated to the AmeriCorps organization were used by St. Hope. Walpin announced during Johnson’s mayoral run last September that Johnson, St. Hope Academy, and former St. Hope Executive Director Dana Gonzalez were suspended from participating in any more federal grants or programs until his investigation was complete. Walpin’s statement at the time cited several violations.  Some of the grant money has since been ordered to be paid back by Johnson and St. Hope, so the charges are not apparently entirely without merit.

Regardless of the results of the investigation, if it indeed is continued, the appearance is that of croneyism on the part of Obama. During the Bush administration, much was made of the firing of U.S. attorneys by Alberto Gonzales.  In both of these instances, the President is/was within his legal right to have the person(s) fired for any reason.  However, with the latter, the press had a heyday with Bush and Gonzales, in particular, for quite a long time.  Thus far, not much has been said about the Obama administration’s involvement in this.  It’ll be interesting to see if and when the mainstream press’s hand is forced.

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2 Responses

  1. […] Two days ago, I reported about Inspector General Gerald Walpin being fired by Barack Obama and how this situation smacks of croneyism.  You can read that story here. […]

  2. […] the Democrats following the same path that the Republicans took. Please read my articles “You Scratch My Back…“, “Liars!“, and “The Seesaw Effect” for my previous commentary on […]

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