Leaders won’t own up

Leaders won’t own up

To the editor:

One commonality in the trifecta of tribulation battering DC is that our “leaders” are willfully claiming that none of it was their fault. The fact that Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama are expertly utilizing the famed ostrich technique for crisis management should come as no surprise because in the beliefs of these politicians personal responsibility should be banned like a large soda or small gun. They are ardent believers in the role of government as supreme problem solver/caregiver and the role of the individual as meek subordinate.

However, now that the excrement and fan have met someone must be held accountable and, since our politicians have overtly recused themselves from responsibility, the deflecting of blame has begun. Blame the meek subordinates, the underlings, the huddled masses, heck, blame big oil, Wall Street, and Wal-Mart. Just don’t blame our political leadership because the going got tough and they abdicated.

When Obama mentioned, in a recent commencement speech, the dissenting voices that “warn that tyranny is always lurking around the corner” and that the graduates should “reject” those voices there was an undercurrent of irony. Now that the undercurrent has turned into a tsunami, and tyranny has turned the corner, the art of selling an even bigger brother has gotten significantly more challenging.

That should be viewed as positive development because our deeply indebted Uncle is morbidly obese and, since Rahm Emanuel once advised us to never let a “serious crisis to go to waste,” the current trio of turpitude should be the dire dilemma that causes us to begin rationally discussing Sam’s gluttonous grazing habits.

Even administration blamethrower David Axelrod concurs. He, while defending the president and equaling his former boss in the realm of irony, said that “there is so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”


The irresponsible exercise trying to provide everything to everyone has to end. It can be reasonably addressed to minimize the impact on the populace or it can be allowed to become the economic equivalent of a supernova. If the fiscal core is allowed to collapse the responsibility will rest with every official who had a chance to bypass the budgetary black hole and instead did nothing.

Of course, once the derriere camouflaging begins you will be happily informed that it wasn’t their fault.

Mark Jalkanen