By Brad Bohnarczyk
Big government has run roughshod over this country for decades. However, for the past couple of years it has reached a fever pitch in terms of causing problems. Focusing on four instances that have made headlines for the past year or so such as Benghazi, the Justice Department confiscating documents from the Associated Press, IRS targeting of political groups, and the Veterans Affairs backlog have all created trouble for citizens in our country.
One of the most egregious results of bureaucracy out of control is the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed and we are only left with questions. Who was in charge? President Obama? Apparently this was not the case. Was it Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, head of the department in charge of foreign affairs? While Hillary may have taken credit for failing to do her job, many continue to claim it to be those within her department. So then, are we to believe that bureaucracy is so out of control that heads of departments don’t have control over the department itself?
Four Americans were killed, the cause, an uncontrollable bureaucratic nightmare.
Benghazi is certainly not the only bureaucratic failure. It was originally reported that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting conservative political groups. When the scandal broke, people initially looked to President Obama for answers. It was again found to be the bureaucracy under him. Now, after these abuses, we are left to trust this agency with collecting the individual mandate fees that are associated with Obamacare.
The Department of Justice already had blood on its hands with the Fast and Furious scandal. Therefore, you would think that the DOJ would be a tad more timid and conscientious with the way that they go about their business. Apparently, timidity to the DOJ is confiscating a “massive and unprecedented” number of files from the Associated Press.
The AP believes some of this info could include information about secret sources. We are, again, expected to trust the department that is supposed to be the highest prosecutor in the land despite the fact that it has just violated the right to free press.
What may be the most atrocious of all bureaucratic violations is the backlog at veteran’s hospitals. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is to blame for this, spanning both the Obama and Bush administrations. If there is any function that the government should serve it is taking care of our veterans. Instead, we see cover-ups and a fear of reprimand.
That’s right, grown adults are more concerned about being reprimanded than showing true concern for the health and well being of those who have served our country. So if you’re wondering just how grotesque the bloated bureaucracy in this country can get, there you have it. The people who protect and secure our freedom are discarded as not as important as whether some bureaucrat is yelled at.
Everyone who has been critical over these scandals has missed the mark. Pointing the finger at Barack Obama and George W. Bush are not looking at the true culprit- an over -bloated, out of control bureaucracy.
Editor’s Note: Brad Bohnarczyk, a student at Quinnipiac University, joins the staff at Uncommon Sense. This is his first blog post.