I had to laugh at the May 24 letter “Democrats and their scandals.” The writer seems to think that every department in the present administration has a “scandal.”
There are a lot of departments, but only two GOP talking points, the IRS and Benghazi. On Benghazi, if you didn’t complain about the 13 embassy attacks under George W. Bush or the attacks in Beirut under Reagan, where hundreds were killed, then it is not even worth mentioning.
Where were the investigations by the GOP then?
Republicans have held something like 13 hearings into Benghazi and can’t find anything but a set of talking points.
That “scandal” involved the death of four Americans. How about the couple hundred under Reagan and the 87 under George W. Bush? And what about the cost of invading Iraq, based on weapons of mass destruction?
If Republicans don’t like the outcome of their own multiple investigations, they keep on doing them, getting the same results and wasting money.
As far as comparisons to investigations of Scooter Libby and Valerie Plame, the two examples the writer gave, they are far from settled. By that definition, all the “scandals” we have now are “settled,” too.
The writer insists Clinton was impeached for “obstruction of justice.” Impeachment is supposed to be for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Hiding an adulterous affair hardly qualifies.
How about giving secret aid to enemies (as in Iran-Contra), flaunting the Constitution by using torture, killing thousands of U.S. troops because of bad intelligence and wrecking the U.S. economy?
When Republicans open an investigations into George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, maybe they’ll have some credibility. As of now, they have none at all.
Richard J. Kunkel
For Obama, ends justify means
The Benghazi affair was truly a disaster. After almost two years, there has been another committee appointed to investigate. Democrats say this is just more politics. They are correct. Republicans want to keep this in the minds of voters until the coming election.
There is very little left to be learned. We already know that the State Department failed to furnish additional requested protection to those in the embassy. As commander in chief, the president could have ordered a military response to the attack. This he did not do.
Is that the reason that he doesn’t want us to know what he was doing during the attack? The president endorsed the misleading talking points to cover up the mess and to help his re-election prospects. The cover-up was successful, as he was reelected.
The president also blatantly, repeatedly lied about features of the Affordable Care Act, but it passed, and much of the population didn’t seem to care.
It is a sad commentary on our population that no matter what underhanded methods are used, it is OK as long as the objective is achieved.
R. B. Miller
Income inequality on display
I woke up Sunday morning and looked at the front-page headline “Life is good at the top of the ladder.” The article featured 12 Akron area CEOs and their annual salaries. I said to myself, “Talk about income inequality.”
As an African-American man with a college degree, I already know that the odds are stacked against me. Studies have indicated that black college graduates (young and old) are twice as likely to end up unemployed and, if they are hired for a job, earn less than their white counterparts.
The way the system is set up, women and people of color are on an uneven playing field where they are not going to get the same opportunities and income as everyone else. It’s tough to see no one among those 12 CEOs who looks like me, someone I can identify with and say, “I want to be just like him.”
I don’t begrudge those CEOs their salaries because it’s a capitalist society, and all of us want to make money. At the same time, everyone is not getting an equal piece of the pie in order to live the American Dream.
When you see that front page, gender and race diversity are definitely not represented.
It’s 2014, and people need to have in-depth discussions on how to solve income inequality for all people, not only here in Akron, but also across the country.
There should be a weekly column on how our Constitution is being stolen.
The abysmal situation of making trades with terrorist organizations, then giving five hardened terrorists, who have killed thousands, is an unparalleled act of treason.
These criminals will kill again or conspire in killing many, quite possibly here in America.
I don’t understand why Congress does not impeach the president for refusing to enforce laws that were legitimately passed. Now he has given our enemies a trump card over us.
Surely, this part of American history will go down as the worst for liberty in America. Let’s restore the balance of power in America.