Another IG firing, and the leashing of another
Ed Morrissey does an excellent job of detailing yet another instance of the Obama administration firing an IG, and another case, leashing an IG. In short:
The firing of Gerald Walpin as Inspector General was not an isolated incident, as the Chicago Tribune reports today. Two more IGs have been dismissed in the past two weeks, and Senator Charles Grassley has started demanding answers. The sudden push to rid the government of independent watchdogs appears to coincide with Barack Obama’s plans to use government spending to get control over more aspects of American life, such as with stimulus spending, the financial sector, and volunteer organizations
We are seeing a pattern, no longer just a single data point. IGs work independently to protect taxpayers from corruption and abuse from its own government agencies. A coordinated attack on IGs certainly suggests hostility to that mission, which isn’t the Hope and Change Obama promised on the campaign trail.
These are serious issues – and, in my view, are pretty obvious cases of abuses of power not even six months into Obama’s time in office, and I’m happy to see a major newspaper like the ChiTrib covering it. Then again, the Chicago media were about the only media outlets last year that devoted any space whatseover to critical examinations of Obama’s past and policies. Dare we hope that the other mainstream media news outlets will give this scandal the coverage and scrutiny that it deserves?