Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013
Columns

Hoping to restart a failing domestic agenda, President Obama recently gave a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois which focused on the economy and jobs. White House press secretary Jay Carney billed this as a chance for the President to get away from “phony scandals” being pushed in Washington. However, instead of offering fresh ideas on how to restart the economy, the President gave another campaign style speech with no real substance. The President even doubled down on Carney’s statement by blaming an endless parade of distractions and phony scandals for his sagging approval ratings.

I’m sorry Mr. President you have no one to blame but yourself. Instead of focusing on job creation and economic stability, the White House has instead been dealing with a series of self inflicted wounds.  From lavish Las Vegas conferences for government bureaucrats, the cover up of the attack on the Benghazi consulate, to the targeting of Americans by the IRS due to their political views this showcases the many missteps of an overreaching government.

 The fact that the President believes that Benghazi is a “phony scandal” is outrageous and disrespectful. The loss of four innocent lives due to incompetence and politics is not something to brush off lightly. A Congressional investigation was able to determine the State Department had approved reduced security levels and the Administration failed to properly respond to the attack.

When news that the IRS was targeting specific groups had surfaced, I was outraged. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on the IRS’ actions and the discriminatory treatment of groups applying for tax-exempt status. The IRS created this mess when they decided to punish conservative groups. Through the committee hearings, the American public was able to see that these discriminatory practices were all too common. Sadly, this scandal is not in the past, it has been going on now for almost four years and continues today.

The scandals out of the Obama Administration, that are frighteningly frequent, are exactly what I came to Washington to fight against. The accusation that these are “phony scandals” is a direct reflection on how tone deaf this Administration really is. The gross disregard for many citizens’ basic rights and safety are being swept under the rug while the White House proceeds with business as usual.