If the Obama Administration Scandals Had Occurred in the Private Sector

Rush Limbaugh has come to the pragmatic conclusion that, based on the current facts (i.e., no absolute smoking gun linking any of the current scandals directly to President Obama), that impeachment would not only be futile, but also counterproductive.  I tend to agree.  Like it or not, anyone supporting or participating in the impeachment process will be tarred a "racist" and, despite the outcome, Obama will forever be personified as a predictable victim of racism. 

In fact, impeachment talk, let alone proceedings, would take the focus off the actual scandals and recast it as a referendum on race in America today. In short, impeachment proceedings will empower and enable Obama to "walk away" from these scandals; actual impeachment will make him the ultimate martyr.

Our current bureaucracies are mostly staffed with either ideological leftists or those sympathetic to the tenets of the left, if only for their own job security and personal gain.  The lavish perks of these bureaucracies: a well-compensated, no-accountability, self-paced career where it is almost impossible to be fired and your supervisors are fellow travelers, makes these "public servants" as thick as thieves (no pun intended) and it's seemingly impossible for morals, honesty and integrity to permeate absent any real threat to one's career.  There is no threat of civil litigation for alleged wrongdoing. No concept of malpractice. No unhappy customers to contend with. Just don't do anything that could get you thrown under the bus, which is mostly the inverse of what could get you thrown under the bus in the real, non-government world.     

Imagine the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the owner/operator of a small business uttering the words "What difference, at this point, does it make" in response to a wrongful death suit. Imagine the impact on the stock price of a public company if the CEO responded to a "bet the company" scenario with "I can't recall," "I have no idea," or even taking the 5th.  Sure, it happens, but the market reads between the lines of where things are going and there are often immediate, stock-sinking ramifications. Simply "misspeaking" during testimony or providing more detail only when caught in an inconsistency would make any plaintiffs' lawyer salivate; the defense attorneys would know to settle and run.  Imagine the CEO of BP during the Gulf Oil Spill mirroring any of the responses by administration officials to any of the various scandals.  A minimum wage teenager licks some taco shells and Taco Bell has a more robust response within 24 hours than the Obama Administration has had in months. 

The private sector would deal with any one of these scandals in a much different fashion. First, internally there would be an immediate effort to find out who mechanically did the alleged misdeed (e.g., the person in charge of reviewing a particular Tea Party application at the IRS). Then each supervisor above that person all the way to the top would be in the line of fire. Anyone who was "just following orders" would essentially become a fact witness. Then, anyone who "couldn't recall" or has "no idea" when it is their job to have an idea and be accountable would be in the hot seat. 

Why hasn't this happened? I know, I know, it is a slow and cumbersome process. Not really. Organizational charts and lists of department heads should put a ring fence around those potentially culpable. Systemic problem or lone wolf?  Someone's going to jail, their personal assets are at risk, or their career is over - it is just a matter of who acted with or without the direction and consent of their supervisor, all the way to the top.  Yes, some things are complex and take time.  Some things are not and shouldn't take this long.   

But those involved, the alleged wrongdoers in government and the government watchdogs trying to get to the bottom of this, function in a very different world than most of us. They'll do all they can right up to the point that their jobs or reelection chances are in play, then they'll run out the clock until something else happens or interest is lost, shrug their shoulders and call it a night. No politician will lose their job for not finding the culpable; some may if they try and are not successful.    

Here lies the problem: if the unnecessary death of 4 Americans, the attempted silence of the non-Obama media, the outright silencing of the political constituency that rained down the 2010 historic upset of the left, and the related cover-ups don't result in someone going to jail, let alone losing their job (really losing it, not paying them to not work), then what will?  Obama will be gone by 2016, but the titanic bureaucracy will remain and be even more defiant. They will answer to no one. A precedent will be set one way or another; either even greater unaccountability or a sea change towards the standards the private market must live with each and everyday. If there was wrongdoing, heads must roll.  Otherwise, for example, if no one is accountable for the IRS scandal and ObamaCare is fully enacted and implemented, will anyone feel comfortable contributing to a political party? Why bother? Your family member could get sick, then what? 

Then we'll be stuck wondering: if these scandals don't result in a single adjudication of wrongdoing with real repercussions, then did anyone do anything wrong? And if no one did anything wrong, is it OK to do what was done again? 

We can all agree. Everyone knows the answer, inside and outside the Beltway.


Rush Limbaugh has come to the pragmatic conclusion that, based on the current facts (i.e., no absolute smoking gun linking any of the current scandals directly to President Obama), that impeachment would not only be futile, but also counterproductive.  I tend to agree.  Like it or not, anyone supporting or participating in the impeachment process will be tarred a "racist" and, despite the outcome, Obama will forever be personified as a predictable victim of racism. 

In fact, impeachment talk, let alone proceedings, would take the focus off the actual scandals and recast it as a referendum on race in America today. In short, impeachment proceedings will empower and enable Obama to "walk away" from these scandals; actual impeachment will make him the ultimate martyr.

Our current bureaucracies are mostly staffed with either ideological leftists or those sympathetic to the tenets of the left, if only for their own job security and personal gain.  The lavish perks of these bureaucracies: a well-compensated, no-accountability, self-paced career where it is almost impossible to be fired and your supervisors are fellow travelers, makes these "public servants" as thick as thieves (no pun intended) and it's seemingly impossible for morals, honesty and integrity to permeate absent any real threat to one's career.  There is no threat of civil litigation for alleged wrongdoing. No concept of malpractice. No unhappy customers to contend with. Just don't do anything that could get you thrown under the bus, which is mostly the inverse of what could get you thrown under the bus in the real, non-government world.     

Imagine the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the owner/operator of a small business uttering the words "What difference, at this point, does it make" in response to a wrongful death suit. Imagine the impact on the stock price of a public company if the CEO responded to a "bet the company" scenario with "I can't recall," "I have no idea," or even taking the 5th.  Sure, it happens, but the market reads between the lines of where things are going and there are often immediate, stock-sinking ramifications. Simply "misspeaking" during testimony or providing more detail only when caught in an inconsistency would make any plaintiffs' lawyer salivate; the defense attorneys would know to settle and run.  Imagine the CEO of BP during the Gulf Oil Spill mirroring any of the responses by administration officials to any of the various scandals.  A minimum wage teenager licks some taco shells and Taco Bell has a more robust response within 24 hours than the Obama Administration has had in months. 

The private sector would deal with any one of these scandals in a much different fashion. First, internally there would be an immediate effort to find out who mechanically did the alleged misdeed (e.g., the person in charge of reviewing a particular Tea Party application at the IRS). Then each supervisor above that person all the way to the top would be in the line of fire. Anyone who was "just following orders" would essentially become a fact witness. Then, anyone who "couldn't recall" or has "no idea" when it is their job to have an idea and be accountable would be in the hot seat. 

Why hasn't this happened? I know, I know, it is a slow and cumbersome process. Not really. Organizational charts and lists of department heads should put a ring fence around those potentially culpable. Systemic problem or lone wolf?  Someone's going to jail, their personal assets are at risk, or their career is over - it is just a matter of who acted with or without the direction and consent of their supervisor, all the way to the top.  Yes, some things are complex and take time.  Some things are not and shouldn't take this long.   

But those involved, the alleged wrongdoers in government and the government watchdogs trying to get to the bottom of this, function in a very different world than most of us. They'll do all they can right up to the point that their jobs or reelection chances are in play, then they'll run out the clock until something else happens or interest is lost, shrug their shoulders and call it a night. No politician will lose their job for not finding the culpable; some may if they try and are not successful.    

Here lies the problem: if the unnecessary death of 4 Americans, the attempted silence of the non-Obama media, the outright silencing of the political constituency that rained down the 2010 historic upset of the left, and the related cover-ups don't result in someone going to jail, let alone losing their job (really losing it, not paying them to not work), then what will?  Obama will be gone by 2016, but the titanic bureaucracy will remain and be even more defiant. They will answer to no one. A precedent will be set one way or another; either even greater unaccountability or a sea change towards the standards the private market must live with each and everyday. If there was wrongdoing, heads must roll.  Otherwise, for example, if no one is accountable for the IRS scandal and ObamaCare is fully enacted and implemented, will anyone feel comfortable contributing to a political party? Why bother? Your family member could get sick, then what? 

Then we'll be stuck wondering: if these scandals don't result in a single adjudication of wrongdoing with real repercussions, then did anyone do anything wrong? And if no one did anything wrong, is it OK to do what was done again? 

We can all agree. Everyone knows the answer, inside and outside the Beltway.