Why are public officials in the Obama administration who blatantly lie not held accountable?
For people who want gun control, the Obama administration sure has its share of smoking guns. Yet nobody is in jail. And what’s worse, the worse you behave, the more likely you are to get promoted.
Sure Sebellius recently “resigned,” but they try to convince the American public that her resignation is not in disgrace. Forget the collusion with cronies of Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett in the contract process, as there are enough other atrocities to land half Obama’s administration in jail. But most are comfortable in their jobs.
Real Politics sums it up in this article, and here is an excerpt:
U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman sentenced television pitchman Kevin Trudeau to 10 years in prison for making false claims in a weight loss book he wrote and was hawking on TV.
In infomercials for “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About,” Mr. Trudeau claimed food companies and the government had kept secret a “miracle substance” discovered by a British doctor.
People who take the “miracle substance” can eat anything they want, not exercise at all and not gain weight, Mr. Trudeau claimed.
In fact, the weight loss plan in his book called for daily exercise, restricting calorie consumption to 500 calories a day for 14 days, hormone injections available only with a doctor’s prescription and a month of colon hydrotherapy.
A Chicago jury found Mr. Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt because he’d ignored repeated orders from the Federal Trade Commission to stop misrepresenting the contents of his book — the FTC has no control over that, but can police lies told on broadcast networks — and had paid nothing on a $37 million fine the FTC had imposed years before.
Mr. Trudeau has been involved in one scam after another for most of his life, Judge Guzman noted before imposing what the Chicago Tribune said was an unusually lengthy prison term for a contempt conviction.
“He has treated federal court orders as if they were mere suggestions,” Judge Guzman said. “That type of conduct simply cannot stand.”
Yet this conduct does stand. Over and over.
We have a government who does wrong with no expectation of punishment. If it’s good enough for the private sector, then it should be DOUBLY good for the public sector.
I wrote about Trudeau, as a snake oil salesman, but compared to Obama, Trudeau was a choir boy.
If a private citizen can be sentenced to 10 years in prison for making false and misleading statements on broadcast television, why, Mr. Humphries asks, can government officials lie with impunity?
No one was forced to buy Mr. Trudeau’s book, he notes. When “shipping and handling” are added in, people who bought it were only out about $30.
People who don’t buy an Obamacare policy could be fined hundreds, in some cases thousands of dollars.