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June 26, 2009
POLITICS: Inspection

Pejman looks further at the growing scandal involving the Obama Administration's purging of Inspectors General who deliver bad news. John Kass explains why this is completely consistent with Obama's Chicago background.

Seriously, anybody who expected Obama wouldn't behave like this needed their head examined.

This whole flap, by the way, underscores one of my longstanding arguments, which is that the various Inspectors General and periodic should be replaced by a single Cabinet-level official charged with investigations of public integrity. A strong, prominent IG would have a couple of institutional advantages: harder to fire by virtue of his or her prominence, yet still directly accountable to the President; able to bring the perspective that is lacking in ad hoc special prosecutors; able to remove public integrity cases from DOJ, freeing up the Attorney General to focus on less politically-charged law enforcement priorities. Granted, this means yet another Cabinet department, but even aside from the issue of eliminating departments, you could make room by combining a bunch of the currently redundant departments, like Commerce and Labor or Interior and Energy.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:00 PM | Politics 2009 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

No matter how thoroughly corrupt Obama is (or Dodd, Frank, Reid, Murtha, Conyers, Clinton, et al), it is not a problem because, as Democrats, they stand on the moral high ground. The alternative is the GOP and they are evil, evil, evil. Therefore, Democratic corruption is simply not newsworthy.

So thinketh the news media. At least the ones who aren't completely corrupt themselves. Sometimes it's difficult to separate the corrupt from the incompetent when it comes to journalists.

Posted by: stan at June 26, 2009 2:58 PM

BC-

This whole flap, by the way, underscores one of my longstanding arguments, which is that the various Inspectors General and periodic should be replaced by a single Cabinet-level official charged with investigations of public integrity.

Where would you find this 'paragon' of virtue that will ignore the politics of the people who are paying him?

Meanwhile, Obama is firing IGs in direct contradiction to a law he sponsored...MSM ignores.

Posted by: Fletch at June 29, 2009 10:55 PM
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