“We haven’t had an agenda for America’s cities probably since Jimmy Carter … We have left cities to fend for themselves. … Martin O’Malley to NBC’s Chuck Todd
With that simple statement O’Malley served to indict himself. Admitting to no federal interference, O’Malley who served as Baltimore’s mayor from 1999 to 2007 and then as Maryland’s governor from 2007 until 2015 may be the man most responsible for the current conditions that have caused this unrest.
When it comes to ethics why do we expect so little of our politicians? When I worked for IBM during the 1970’s we were constantly being scrutinized by the Department of Justice for being too big. We were provided with a book outlining acceptable behavior when meeting with customers. Any appearance of impropriety was forbidden and could be punished by immediate dismissal. For politicians the standard is plausible deniability. For the Clinton’s it is whatever they say it is.
Many people forget (most weren’t even born yet,) that Hillary Clinton was a Watergate prosecutor. The standard of plausible deniability first came from her committee. During the ensuing years the Clinton’s have used that standard too many times to count.
Whitewater, The missing FBI files, Vince Foster, Benghazi, The Clinton Global Initiative, etc., etc. When questioned on Benghazi, Hillary responded, “What difference does it make now?” I guess nothing to the sycophantic supporters that continue to follow her like lemmings.
Everything you ever needed to know about New Jersey Governor and presidential pretender Chris Christie is on display with “Bridgegate.” To those of us who have seen this vindictive bully up close, there is no doubt that he ordered the lane closures. No one under his authority would have the cojones to unilaterally order it without his approval. Throwing those who carried out his orders under the bus shows Christie doesn’t care who he has to sacrifice as long as it’s not himself.
Congressman Paul Ryan is another politician whose motives should be questioned. The Republican champion of the balanced budget made robo calls during the 2012 primary for fellow representative Leonard Lance of the seventh district of NJ. Lance is widely recognized as a free spending liberal Republican. Lance voted to raise the debt ceiling 3 of the last 4 times it was raised. This mattered little to Ryan whose support of Lance may have made the difference in the closest primary race in NJ. Sadly, Ryan had the opportunity to support a true fiscal hawk but chose not to.