Bob Barr

If there is one man who knows about corrupt presidential administrations, it is Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. So, when the man who helped bring down Richard Nixon warns about widespread corruption within the Executive Branch, it commands attention. Woodward spoke last weekend with CBS anchor Bob Schieffer about the Obama Administration’s “secret world” of government power, where it operates with impunity, often times well outside the rule of law.

To keep Obama and his cronies ensconced in power, Woodward describes how the Administration routinely uses intimidation, misdirection, and outright lies to hide what it actually is doing. Of course, this “rats nest of concealment and lies,” as Woodward calls it, is not limited to the Administration’s national security operations; it is systemic.

Despite claims from President Obama himself during the lengthy healthcare debate that began in earnest more than four years ago, that individuals would be able to keep their healthcare plans if they wanted, millions of Americans are now receiving policy cancellation notices as a direct result of the new ObamaCare regulations. These individuals now are forced to buy more expensive polices, or settle for plans with reduced benefits. The Administration, of course, claims this is an unexpected and unforeseeable “inconvenience.” However, NBC News -- a once reliable Obama ally in the Mainstream Media -- notes the Administration has known for years this would occur, even while telling the public the exact opposite.

Another former Mainstream Media ally also blasted the Obama Administration last weekend, for lying to the public. A CBS “60 Minutes” special on Benghazi called the attack “a planned, sophisticated” act of terrorism by al Qaeda against a “barely protected American outpost.” CBS also blamed the White House for “misinformation” and “confusion” following the attack, as Obama and other Administration officials repeatedly mislead the public with false reports of a peaceful protest gone awry.

These damning indictments of the Obama Administration should hardly surprise anyone. The go-to responses when backed into a corner are either denial of knowledge (“I know nothing and even if I did, I couldn’t tell you”), or outright lies (“If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan”). In every scandal plaguing the Obama Administration, the information initially given to the public or to congressional investigators, rarely has turned out to be true.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.