The age of scandal

Washington seems more embroiled than ever in wrongdoing

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David G. Brown, we want you to know you’re not the problem.

The Augusta reader told us in a letter to the editor that, “I am getting older and having a harder time keeping track of things. One of the things I am having trouble with is all the scandals in Washington” (“Scandals tough to follow,” June 29).

You sound perfectly fine to us, Mr. Brown. Fact is, we’d venture to say the problem isn’t your age, but the age we live in.

There do seem to be an inordinate amount of scandals in D.C. these days, and we’ve got some ideas about why. We’ve also some thoughts about why they’re so hard to keep track of.

First off, why are there so many scandals right now?

There’s the Benghazi scandal, which is actually several outrages rolled into one. The Obama administration left our consulate in the dangerous Libyan city unforgivably vulnerable – and, perhaps inevitably, on Sept. 11 last, radical Muslims attacked it and killed four Americans, including our ambassador.

Then, adding outrage upon outrage, someone in the administration – incredibly, we still don’t know who, and the media seem uninterested – fabricated a hoax story to tell the American public: that the attack was a spontaneous outgrowth of a street protest in Benghazi over an anti-Muhammad video an American had put on the Internet. They sent then-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice onto the Sunday morning talk shows to spread the lie. They even went so far as to have the video’s producer arrested.

The truth: There was never any protest. It was a concocted fable

that covered up the premeditated al-Qaida-linked raid – which might have embarrassed the Obama administration to have to admit to, just before the presidential election.

To this point, no one has been held accountable for the lies or the lack of security. There are also allegations that military rescue crews might have been available to respond that night, but that someone told them to stand down.

Nor do we know what our commander in chief was doing during the some seven-hour attack, which administration officials monitored in real time.

Then there’s the infamous IRS assault on conservative groups; the National Security Agency spying on Americans; the Department of Justice spying on journalists; and, from way back, the “Fast and Furious” scandal in which the Justice Department purposely allowed high-powered weapons to “walk” into Mexico, where they were used to kill untold numbers of people including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Why so much wrongdoing at one time? There are a number of possible explanations.

First, the Obama administration appears obsessed with centralizing and cementing power – not just for itself, but for Democrats in general. It seems to be driven by a desire to create a permanent ruling Democrat caliphate – thus, for instance, the sudden urgency to legalize millions of illegal immigrants, 80 percent of whom are projected by polls to be Democrat voters.

When you want power, you go after information, and that lust might be behind some of the spying and lying.

Another contributing factor is that the ruling elite in Washington are imperious, impervious and out of touch. They do a horrible job of checking the excesses of either the executive branch or the entrenched bureaucracy.

That’s why you can have an IRS that is trying to rig the political debate while wasting millions on
lavish conferences – and then returning to Congress to ask for more.

In addition, the ongoing scandals may be exacerbated and even encouraged by the public’s own inability to keep up with it all – as well as a cynical administration’s thinly-veiled strategy to stonewall, obfuscate, take the Fifth, hide behind executive privilege, and just wait till we’re done squawking and then keep on keeping on when we move on.

The news cycle is manic these days, particularly when we’ve got so many pop-up wrongdoings to keep track of along with the more organic news of the day. This administration no doubt is counting on our mass ADHD to run the clock out and avoid accountability. They know we’re being overwhelmed, and they’re only too happy to watch us drown in a swirling pool of information.

It’s the paradox of our times, too, that we’ve never been more wired yet less connected: There have never been more sources of information, or platforms to receive it on – and yet, video interview after video interview shows Americans on the street unacquainted with the most elementary bits and pieces of current events.

Mr. Brown, your age is not the problem. Ours is. Somewhere along the line, we transitioned from the Information Age to the Overload Age.

What – you didn’t get the text alert?

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Chris 232 07/07/13 - 12:40 am
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Benghazi? Fast and furious? Enough of the whining already!

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Benghazi? Fast and furious? Enough of the whining already!

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owensjef3 07/07/13 - 03:24 am
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Hear we go again. The self

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Hear we go again. The self fulfilling reporting by this paper.i'm so tired of it. Why don' get on the local guys for a while.i guess our Mayor and Governor are perfect .

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owensjef3 07/07/13 - 03:24 am
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Hear we go again. The self

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Hear we go again. The self fulfilling reporting by this paper.i'm so tired of it. Why don' get on the local guys for a while.i guess our Mayor and Governor are perfect .

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/07/13 - 04:13 am
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The problem is – are you

The problem is – are you ready – the problem is that the AC doesn't highlight the failings of our government each and every day.

If this was a conservative administration, every paper in the country would be highlighting and headlining every faux pas committed.

The travesty that is the Obama Administration is given a pass.

The Augusta Chronicle, while giving occasional lip service on the editorial pages, continues to regurgitate the AP and all other news services, never questioning, always parroting.

We need someone to take a stand!!!! We need someone to be an actual (gasp!) journalist.

If any so called journalist in this country gave a damn, the ridiculousness perpetrated by the current administration would be front page, top of the fold, news each and every day.

Does anyone care?

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corgimom 07/07/13 - 06:00 am
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There isn't any more or any

There isn't any more or any less scandals than before. But now that we have the Internet and lots of tv channels, everything is blown up, magnified, and reported upon, endlessly.

This administration isn't any better or worse than the ones before it, or the ones that will come after it.

Now there's all those nutty blogs and websites- on both sides- that twist, distort, and slant everything to further their own agenda- which is, raising money. And people want to believe every crazy thing on there, they take it as the gospel truth, and they copy it and forward it to their friends, and it balloons from there.

It's like the old game of Telephone.

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Rhetor 07/07/13 - 07:01 am
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not really

Most of these "scandals" are manufactured by the conservative press. Benghazi was no different from the many embassy attacks under Bush and Reagan. It took a few days to sort out the facts, which were then reported accurately. The right-wing media made it seem like a scandal by cleverly changing the order of events. Rep. Issa made the IRS thing seem like a scandal by withholding into that left-wing groups were also targeted by the IRS. In fact, no political group should be tax-exempt, and the IRS was right to go after them. All political groups claiming tax-exempt status are tax cheats, and the IRS should go after more of them, not fewer. The real scandal is that the IRS, intimidated by political pressure, actually granted tax-exempt status to many of these fraudulent groups. The NSA thing turned out to be a Bush program, which Bush affirmed and endorsed just a few days ago. You guys sound increasingly desperate. The right wing seems determined to prove that the liberals are as corrupt as Watergate and, guess what? They aren't. Deal with it.

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Riverman1 07/07/13 - 07:23 am
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Benghazi

It is abundantly clear the administration misled the country about Benghazi. The Susan Rice charade speaks for itself. Hillary's words, too, in different forums. It is also clear most of the major news networks refused to ask questions about the incident and cover-up. It was before the election and I can only surmise it was to help Obama win reelection.

I watched a Meet the Press program where the conservative lady on the program attempted to bring up Benghazi and David Gregory told her he didn't want to get into it right then, but would later in the show. I waited and waited, but the show ended without mention of Benghazi again.

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justthefacts 07/07/13 - 07:28 am
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Scandals

In the end they will define Obama's legacy. That and Obamacare, which will end up a disaster.

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chascushman 07/07/13 - 08:27 am
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" Benghazi was no different

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" Benghazi was no different from the many embassy attacks under Bush and Reagan."
Rhetor, you are correct the embassy attack was no different what was different was the BLATANT LIES told by the Obama administration for weeks after the attack. Most of the main stream media went along with the lies.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/07/13 - 08:53 am
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Corgimom (I'm a friend of the

Corgimom (I'm a friend of the Welsh also, but not quite a “mom”)

Corgimom - “There isn't any more or any less scandals than before”

Well, yes there is! I'll agree there's always been “squallering” lets say, but nothing comes close to what our current administration has been charged with.

My whole life that I've been paying attention, I've witnessed “scandals” just have you mentioned. I've also witnessed the ebb and flow of partisan politics.

But to say this admin “isn't any better or worse than the ones before it,” is extremely niave, at the least!

I'd be willing to say, that since the 80's, our government has gotten steadily worse.

Since 2008 its been an all out, in your face, assault. You say - “Nothing has been different?” Are you kidding? Lord I wish what you said is true. Then I could just pat my children and grandchildren on the head, tell them to be good citizens, and everything would be just hunkydory.

But, going with the good citizen line – there is no way I can sit back, and be quite, when I see the TRAVESTY shoved at us each and every day.

Right now, today, there is a battle going on over how we will be as a country going forward. Look at your children or grandchildren, or your neighbor's, decide if you want them to have freedom of choice or – a nanny state blanky.

It's really that simple, and it's time we all woke up and realized that fact.

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I'm Back Again 07/07/13 - 09:06 am
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The USA will eventually be

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The USA will eventually be run by another dictator. When you continue to borrow, the person that you borrow from, eventually has power of you. And as long as you owe them, you will always be under their rule.
The problem is, not everybody in this country wants to borrow from someone else...therefore I should not owe anyone else, but I do. The vicious cycle will never end.

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chascushman 07/07/13 - 09:15 am
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" But to say this admin

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" But to say this admin “isn't any better or worse than the ones before it,” is extremely niave, at the least!"
Fred, well said. The commie in the WH brought Chicago mob style politics to the WH. He has been taught the ends justifies the means.

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myfather15 07/07/13 - 09:19 am
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What about the sequestration scandal?

What makes it a scandal is this lying, deceptive President we have in the White House. With all the wasteful spending the government has in place, he can't find better ways to CUT, than to close the White House tours and furlough federal LE, saying "criminals will go free"?

Using scare tactics, in an attempt to blame it all on republicans!! That's exactly what he is doing! We certainly COULD find cuts in spending that wouldn't impact the average citizens as much, but that wouldn't help the democrats in the 2014 elections. They can now blame all these cuts on Republicans or at least try too, which is what they are doing.

Let's not mention that a group of conservatives offered to pay their own money to reopen tours of the White House and didn't even get a response. Even the Huffington Post (extreme liberal) were saying the White House tour cuts were unfair and unneeded!! This President will take ANY opportunity for political gain and doesn't care the least who it hurts!! It's ALL about gaining more political power in 2014!! And THAT is a scandal!!

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ymnbde 07/07/13 - 09:21 am
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power will always have it's defenders and worshippers

Stalin had his defenders and worshippers
Mao had his defenders and worshippers
but for those of us with a bit of contempt for power
and for those of us who try to keep an accurate score, corresponding to reality independent of initial perceptions
this is the most corrupt, incompetent, administration in our history

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nofanofobama 07/07/13 - 10:06 am
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Of course the sequester is

Of course the sequester is being blamed for the cutting of White House tours, but the real reason is that obumler doesn't want us in HIS house. It would interfere with all the parties and galas for his rich donors and entertainers. The problem with this administration is that obumler really believes the messiah label he and the willing media portrays,, that's why even his administration cannot be questioned, they think they have Devine rights and are superior intellect and of special status. Listen to the representatives b/4 congress, they cannot and will not answer anything that is asked. Why its none of congress's business therefore none of ours. How dare we question them? And if you question the messiah, bad things can and will happen for openly defying this wretched miserable , lying group of anti-Americans masquerading as benevolent govt.

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rmwhitley 07/07/13 - 10:16 am
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I never

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seem to be amazed by the loony left. They wouldn't know their derriere from a hole in the Oval Office.

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carcraft 07/07/13 - 10:24 am
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Rhetor, the application and

Rhetor, the application and granting of non profit status for these groups is allowed under law. The applications for "liberal " groups were treated differently. Only 6 liberal groups were delayed or denied, over 250 conservative groups were hamstrung. Liberal groups could be handled by the primary low level agents. Conservative group applications were sent to supervisors. This is according to the IRS Inspector General. The we had the usual obsfuscating lies to include, "it was a few employees in one office "! Nope, the DC office was involved. The lie about liberal groups being targeted equal dispelled by the IRS IG. We don't know who ordered it or allowed it to happen. We don't know why the practice was allowed to continue after the IRS IG brought it up 2 years ago!

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KasparHauser 07/07/13 - 12:23 pm
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Didn't Even List the MOST IMPORTANT Bagger Scandals

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Sorry, the Chronicle Troglodyte forgot to include:
- Obama is a Kenyan
- 911 was a CIA Plot
- Moon Landings were FAKE!!
- Roosevelt Bombed the USS Maine

Somebody needs to supervise the Trog's meds for soooo many reasons...

Also, isn't it amusing how the same editorial board that feels the GRU situation is making ARC look foolish feel emboldened to devote an entire section to these wingnut conspiracies?

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allhans 07/07/13 - 01:04 pm
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Liberal groups being

Liberal groups being "targeted" is another way of confusing the public. We aren't told the rest of the story, that of the 6 progressives named, none went through the confusion and delay that tea party applicants were subjected to.
Distractions...Liberals throw them out and the gullible public swallow them in their entirety.
God help this country if this doesn't change.

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dahreese 07/07/13 - 01:12 pm
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This is another editorial

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This is another editorial that says nothing.

And the usual conservatives are, as usual, wallowing all in it and patting one another on the back for all of their agreeing.

As long as your eyes and minds can be kept on the above, you forget to keep your eyes on the behaviors of the NSA and the gangsters of Wall Street.

The spying on you started under GWB with the activating of the Patriot Act and the only reason any of you have paid any attention to them is because of the revelations of a guy named Snowden - not that he was the first to blow the whistle.

You jump up and down blaming Obama for the spying and then turn around and blame Snowden as an enemy of the country for his exposure of it.

A senator named Elizabeth Warren is trying to hold Wall Street and members of our Congress feet to the fire for financial corruption (now, THAT would make a good editorial- AC, are you listening?) and sooner or later some of you are going to blame her for interfering with "the free market."

You are pathetic to some of the real issues affecting this country.

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carcraft 07/07/13 - 01:22 pm
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The scandals are seemingly

The scandals are seemingly endless and not "manufactured " ! The Attorney General, 3 scandals: lying to Congress, suspended until courts sort through the executive privilege claim by Obama, lied to Congress or a Federal Judge to get a wire tap on Rosen AND HIS PARENTS, the AP monitoring, never done to that extent before. By the way, a Mexican District police Captain was killed a few days ago with a fast and furious weapon, over 200 people have been killed with those weapons.

Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebilius lobbies heath care companies for money to promote The Affordable Care Act, this is a direct violation of Government ethics, you can not lobby some one you regulate!

NSA Director Clapper lied to Congress about spying on Americans. Bush got into trouble for monitoring calls coming from out side of America to American citizens! How can Obama now claim it is OK to monitor any call in America? Snowden, a junior college grad making $120,000/year has provided international embarrassment to America around the World and had had Russia and China thumbing their noses at the USA.

State Department along with Bengahzi and all that we have the security detail for Secretary of State Clinton procuring prostitutes and the Ambassador to Belgium accused of procuring prostitutes and attempting go procure Under age girls. The person investigating the charges was pulled off the case and the case hasn't been touched since! The investigator blew the whistle on the political interference into her investigation.

The Affordable Health Care Act is falling appart before our eyes. Obama has delayed the mandate for businesses, one program is out money dispite only getting one third of the Clients they were shooting for.

Out mid east policy is in complete shambles with no faction we can support in either Syria OR Egypt. Obama has dithered away his opportunities in both Syria and Egypt. The head of Syria crossed Obama's line in the sand and the US has done what?

Yes all these are Manufactured scandals, manufactured by this administration. I have not even gone into the "green energy "cronyism or the fake email accounts various admin.istration officials have hide behind!!!!

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carcraft 07/07/13 - 01:26 pm
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OH, I FORGOT, IT IS ALL

OH, I FORGOT, IT IS ALL BUSH'S FAULT!

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carcraft 07/07/13 - 01:30 pm
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The person who is of interest

The person who is of interest to Congress at the moment concerning Bengahzi is a retired Special Ops LTC who was running the shop when Bengahzi happened! Seems like the survivors of Bengahzi he can't be located!

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KSL 07/07/13 - 01:31 pm
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How about this?

http://minutemennews.com/2013/07/white-house-pays-for-voter-id-in-kenya-...

Just curious how the progressives on here can defend this.

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corgimom 07/07/13 - 01:53 pm
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Young Fred, you weren't

Young Fred, you weren't around for the Kennedys.

"The commie in the WH brought Chicago mob style politics to the WH."

This makes me laugh, all the Kennedys were great friends of all the organized crime figures, thanks to their father, Joe Kennedy, the bootlegger. In fact, it was thanks to the Mob that JFK won.

And then there's Richard Nixon....

Obama is nothing compared to those two.

And then there was Jimmy Carter, who nearly destroyed the US economy in just 4 years.

Nope, Fred, we've seen way worse.

The group you really want to blame is Congress. Now, yes, they are the worst we've ever had. They are another group that couldn't legislate their way out of a paper bag. They are the sorriest Congress ever.

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corgimom 07/07/13 - 01:55 pm
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And yes, the "scandals" are

And yes, the "scandals" are manufactured, because then it distracts people from the absymal economy, caused by previous Congresses and now we have this sorry bunch.

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nofanofobama 07/07/13 - 02:18 pm
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Is that the same Elizabeth

Is that the same Elizabeth Warren who claimed to be part Cherokee ? Who tried to benefit from minority status at the same time being a multi millionaire . That nut cake. That liar? Wow the libs standards are really low...

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nofanofobama 07/07/13 - 02:18 pm
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Is that the same Elizabeth

Is that the same Elizabeth Warren who claimed to be part Cherokee ? Who tried to benefit from minority status at the same time being a multi millionaire . That nut cake. That liar? Wow the libs standards are really low...

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chascushman 07/07/13 - 02:23 pm
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" And yes, the "scandals" are

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" And yes, the "scandals" are manufactured, because then it distracts people from the absymal economy, caused by previous Congresses and now we have this sorry bunch."
I am surprised you left Bush out. I do agree 'previous congresses' did have a lot to with the 'absymal economy' in fact the democrats caused the housing bubble. Some people will do anything to give the commie in the WH a pass.

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chascushman 07/07/13 - 02:29 pm
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" And then there was Jimmy

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" And then there was Jimmy Carter, who nearly destroyed the US economy in just 4 years."
In a few years Carter will be consider the 2nd worst president ever. Folks give the commie in the WH a pass when he is doing everything to bring this country down all in the name of 'Social Justice'.
Carter is just dumb Obama is pure evil.

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