The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 12, 2013

David Guilford, guest columnist: Hypocrisy is alive and well

By David Guilford
Special to The Globe

— Our Republican friends are salivating at the opportunity to create and then discuss scandals or continue to beat dead horses instead of proactively attempting to fix our nation’s problems.

The killing of four Americans at Benghazi was terrible, but the Republicans, in their never-ending attempts to vilify and criticize the president and his staff, have short memories.

The president and Susan Rice are the Republicans’ targets based upon the information Rice used when on television talk shows immediately following the Benghazi attacks. Ms. Rice said her information was provided by our government intelligence agencies, but that is not good enough for the Republicans.

They obviously want all of us to forget the lengthy presentation by President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell to the United Nations when he was giving the rationale for invading Iraq. We were not supposed to criticize the Bush Administration or Powell because he had received his information from our government intelligence agencies.

Sorry folks, but you can’t have it both ways. Some of us do remember.

The IRS situation regarding the overzealous scrutiny of “conservative organizations” seems to be another hopeful scandal, but those organizations were asking for “tax exempt status.”

This means if approved, they would not have to pay taxes. I think any organization that is trying to avoid paying taxes while the rest of us working folks and small business owners are paying taxes should be scrutinized very carefully.

The Republicans obviously want us to forget about the NAACP audits in about 2004 and 2005 after then-president of the NAACP Julian Bond made some rough remarks about President Bush. Strange, but that was apparently the reason boldly stated in the letter requiring the audits.

Now which party has used the IRS for political reasons?

The House of Representatives has Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan (Republican) as the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Ryan is supposed to be a budget “guru,” yet it is amazing that while he continues to criticize the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and wants it repealed, he also uses the savings generated by Obamacare to balance the very budget he proposed and was passed by the Republican-led House of Representatives. Wow, Paul, how can you attempt to have it both ways? It reminds me of when Vice President Joe Biden took you to school in the vice presidential candidate debate.

We all know the Republicans campaigned on “job creation” during the 2010 and 2012 elections, but instead of actually putting forth a “jobs bill” in Congress, they have taken 38 votes to repeal Obamacare.

National polls consistently show 73 percent of the country is more concerned with the “economy and jobs” than the “manufactured scandals.” Still, the Republicans waste taxpayer time and money doing nothing.

2014 is a time for change.

David Guilford lives in Joplin.