Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill

  1. ... All together, roughly one-third of House committees are engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration.

    "The speaker and other House leaders have been clear: Effective, responsible oversight is a key constitutional responsibility of Congress," said Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman. "Whether the topic is the truth about Benghazi, thuggish political attacks from the IRS or the 'train wreck' of the president's health care law, we will keeping fighting to make sure the American people know the truth. ...
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  2. 454 Comments

  3. by   tewdles
    Their primary function is to legislate for the benefit of the people and the country.
    The speaker of the house is a disgrace to the position.
  4. by   tntrn
    Whose job is it to ride herd on the WH and the administration? It's a trifecta now of scandals, and I will bet money, it all leads to the WH in some manner.
  5. by   tewdles
    I would prefer our legislators to legislate unless there is evidence of some wrong doing. In this instance, the legislators are LOOKING for evidence of wrong doing in an effort to discredit the POTUS they do not like and a potential democratic candidate for 2016 that they are apparently frightened of.

    There is no REAL scandal here...outside of the rabid "investigation" looking for a smoking gun...
    I wish they had been so interested in what is right and wrong when they were being lied to about Iraq and the need to invade that country before we killed and maimed so many people for their lies.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    I totally disagree. Some of us are old enough to remember the Watergate scandal, and IMHO that didn't hold a candle to Fast and Furious, Benghazi, or the Gestapo tactics of the IRS. This administration is dirty all the way through, and the buck stops with Obama. 'nuff said.
  7. by   tewdles
    we will see...it smacks of people deciding something based upon their dislike for the POTUS and are milking the Benghazi issue to find the evidence to support their claims.
    Whatever...it is a huge waste of time and taxpayer money.
    If the intent was to actually learn something that might save lives in the future I would be all for it...but this investigation is a WITCH HUNT trying to discredit a man and a woman...IMHO.
  8. by   tntrn
    The IRS has admitted wrongdoing. The investigation should be determining who gets punished and how, not IF a wrong was done.
  9. by   tewdles
    Oh, I am old enough to remember Watergate, etc.
    Which is part of the reason the Benghazi outrage seems so silly to me.
  10. by   tntrn
    Watergate and Benghazi? Where's is the apples and oranges photo when you need it? Really, you think 4 people dying after they asked for help and it was denied is silly. Wow.
  11. by   tewdles
    I think the desire to find some wild conspiracy in the deaths of those Americans to be silly.
    I think the endless investigations, not to prevent future incidents, but to discredit the POTUS and his staff, is silly.

    Please note that I did not bring up Watergate initially...but I will accept the criticism for the apples and oranges comparison...someone should.
  12. by   MunoRN
    Quote from tntrn
    Watergate and Benghazi? Where's is the apples and oranges photo when you need it? Really, you think 4 people dying after they asked for help and it was denied is silly. Wow.
    They asked for help from congress for more security and were denied it. At the time of the attack they asked for help and none was sent as there was no help that could have been there in time to be of any help, although I agree, they should have sent help at least for show.

    I agree, attacks on diplomatic interests should be taken seriously, Benghazi should be taken just as seriously as any of the 64 attacks on diplomatic interests that occurred under Bush (for which there were 3 investigations, there have already been more than 3 investigations of Benghazi alone).

    Any guilty of wrongdoing in any of the scandals should be punished and removed from their job if necessary, the question is who's guilty and of what. I think in general there should be more oversight of in these situations, so long as it's oversight and not political posturing.
  13. by   tntrn
    Maybe the jets couldn't have gotten there in time. But we will never know, because there was no attempt to help....none. That is shameful and far worse than anything about Watergate.
  14. by   MunoRN
    Quote from tntrn
    Maybe the jets couldn't have gotten there in time. But we will never know, because there was no attempt to help....none. That is shameful and far worse than anything about Watergate.
    Jets could have gotten "there", although air strikes on the embassy would have been just as deadly for embassy staff as it would have been for the attackers.

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