Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has done a smart, well-reasoned analysis of the underlying meaning(s) of Barack Obama's week of scandals. He rightly notes that "Obama's administration struggles mightily with the threshold concept of accountability."
The emerging argument, which seems to be that the Obama White House was detached enough to rely on the expertise of its department heads to resolve the dilemmas around each event in the current spotlight, would sound strained even if it came during a presidency that was famously disengaged....
More fundamentally, the “we left it to our division heads defense” would not excuse any executive leadership in the public or private sector from the imperative of setting values and standards of conduct for decisions made inside the organization…[more]
If the Obama Administration can’t be bothered to secure the border with Mexico, then congressional Republicans should oppose any deal on comprehensive immigration reform.
It all comes down to one word: integrity.
For three years, members of Congress have been waiting for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce a border security measure called the “Border Conditions Index,” or BCI.
Originally, BCI was supposed to improve on the traditional measure of “operational control,” which was mainly a subjective estimate by section chiefs who…
"We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's…[more]