Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kansas Should Be Proud

If you've been reading here for any length of time, you are aware of my disdain for former Governor Kathleen Sebelius. My attitude when she left for Washington and a spot in the Big Tent with Obama was "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

And she has performed up to the standards she demonstrated here in Kansas while in Washington. The folks at Judicial Watch have named Sebelius one of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2012.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen SebeliusOn September 12, 2012, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius became the first member of the President’s cabinet in U.S. history to have been found guilty of violating the Hatch Act when she campaigned for the reelection of Barack Obama in her official capacity of Secretary of HHS. According to Politico, “During a speech to the Human Rights Campaign Gala in North Carolina in February, Sebelius . . . outlined the Obama administration’s accomplishments so far and said, ‘One of the imperatives is to make sure that we not only come together here in Charlotte to present the nomination to the president, but we make sure that in November he continues to be president for another four years.’”
After the speech, Sebelius tried to cover her tracks by reclassifying the event from “official” to “political,” and claiming her appearance was in her personal capacity. The scheme didn’t work.
According to the official statement put out by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel: “The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent findings to the President today from its investigation of complaints of prohibited political activity by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. OSC concluded that Secretary Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity on February 25, 2012.  The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”
Thoroughly unapologetic, Ms. Sebelius justified her transgression by informing the OSC that she simply “got a little caught up in the notion that the gains which had been made would clearly not continue without the president’s reelection.” In other words, her Obamacare agenda took precedence over the law. Normally, when a government official is found violating the Hatch Act, the punishment is termination.  How did President Obama respond? There was no punishment whatsoever.
The "most transparent Administration ever." These words they keep using, I do not think they mean what they think they do.

And just for those out there who will automatically assume that because I hated the Democrat governor's administration that I automatically love the current Republican one - not so fast, Guido. Brownback is a slightly less slimy politician, AFAIC. When  he was one of Kansas's Senators, he supported a rather radical "immigration reform" bill that most of his constituency was clearly against. Until they excoriated him and he flip flopped. I wrote him an email on the subject, urging him to vote against the bill, along with Senator Pat Roberts and my Representative at the time Jerry Moran. The other two were against it, and I received a pair of nice emails from their respective offices. I got bupkis from Brownback or his office, until he was running for Governor. He wanted money from me then.

He did not get any from me, either.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Too many in the current administration are tainted by their past political methods and ignorance. They have no idea of how their methods were observed in the past and even laws were written to prevent future political figures from following paths that were unethical and unconscionable.

Besides being feckless, the current administration has members that are nothing but petty criminals without remorse for their actions.