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Congressman Lyn Westmoreland's Column - Capitol Corner: A Culture of Corruption in Obama's White House Revealed


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It's been a rough month for the president so far. His administration is under fire from even some of its biggest supporters.

First it was revealed that the White House lied to the American people about who was behind the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and then lied about their lie -- claiming they had nothing to do with the inaccurate talking points used by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice on Sunday morning talk shows when they did. Then, the Internal Revenue Service announced it was targeting conservative groups. Next, we discovered the Department of Justice was secretly spying on AP reporters followed closely by a report that the EPA has been playing favorites with green energy companies.

Individually, these stories would obviously be very concerning. White House officials conspiring to lie to the American people about terrorist attacks; administration officials spying on the American people in attempt to stifle free media; tax agents strong arming political opponents of the president to silence their voices. It's like something you read about happening in oppressive regimes on the other side of the world -- not something taking place right here in our own government.

But when you look at all of these revelations together, it appears to expose a culture of corruption and favoritism in President Obama's Administration that is much more deeply troubling than each action reveals.

Of course the president and the White House continue to claim these are isolated incidents and are doing everything they can to keep the president or members of his senior staff out of the stories. But the sheer number of these revelations shows they are not isolated --instead they are becoming the norm in the Obama White House. And at the end of the day, the buck stops with the president. If he's having this many problems within his administration, he needs to admit his failures and try to fix them. So far, we've just seen more denials and a president who seems content not knowing what is going on in his own backyard.

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