Paul Jacob

“I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable,” President Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News during last Sunday’s Super Bowl interview . . . and with a straight face.

When studies show one in 20 food stamp transactions to be fraudulent; when the GAO finds $120 million a year spent paying federal workers who are deceased; when, well, “name your own favorite absurdly wasteful government program here”; how does the word “accountable” pass through the president’s lips without a respondent clap of thunder followed by the sizzle and pop of a lightning bolt?

Yet, Obama claims — no, promises! — that this omnipresent accountability reaches absolutely “everybody” in the federal government. Up and down the line.

President O was responding specifically to O’Reilly’s charge that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the official responsible for the disastrous Obamacare rollout, has faced no consequences whatsoever.

She’s hardly alone. Only by replacing the word “everybody” with the phrase “virtually no one” would Mr. Obama’s statement be made accurate.

With most of the major media seemingly uninterested in any news story, much less scandal, which might cast the Great and Wonderful Obama Administration in a negative light, not only has the plethora of un-Affordable Care Act mistakes gone unpunished, much more serious, even criminal wrongdoing is being swept under the rug.

At this week (and going on for many years now), I recounted the many different ways the IRS has flagrantly violated people’s most important and basic political rights — from blocking citizens from forming non-profit groups for communicating their ideas to harassing donors to “the other” candidate with multiple unwarranted audits to trashing privacy rights by handing personal tax information to one’s political opponents. No one in any of these IRS scandals has been disciplined, let go or in any meaningful way held to account.

To the national Super Bowl audience, President Obama pronounced there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting of groups opposed to his political agenda, even while several investigations into alleged wrongdoing have not yet been completed and Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the IRS, has refused to testify before Congress about the matter, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

One Ohio Tea Party leader called his organization’s attempt to participate in public policy “a nightmare.”

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.