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The questions add up to more than the answers
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Ruth Lee

Sometimes the questions add up to more than the answers.

This seems to be the case with our present national administration.

“When did you know about this?” The answer, “I saw it in the news.” Who is advising and collecting intelligence for our president? Do they not tell him that things are going to h--- in a hand basket? Or do they have instructions, “don’t tell me the bad news”? Maybe the message to the White House staff and intelligence gathering agencies is: “After all, if I know too much about such things, it will interfere with my fundraising events and my golf outings.”

It’s bad for someone, even like me, to think such things about the president. But folks, there it is.

Iraq, “I’m going to take the next few days to think about it.” And he was off for a commencement address on the dangers of climate warming, a fundraiser and, of course, golf. Now at this time he has taken a few steps in concern for American citizens serving their country in Bagdad and has sent military advisors to help their army in some fashion. No, we cannot be the protector of the world, but folks, these evil terrorists are just tuning up to hit us here at home in our USA.  Maybe there are things we don’t know about, surely we hope for.

But what happened the night of and the day after Benghazi … he took off the next morning for Las Vegas and a fundraiser.  We hear that they have captured one of the terrorists they have been hunting while he sat on the veranda of a hotel, sipping lattes and giving interviews to four national news organizations, but we couldn’t find him. It has only been 641 days since the attack. Hillary Clinton’s interviews for her book seem to say nothing new, except when she makes a faux pas, such as how broke they were on leaving the White House. After all, she says she takes responsibility but didn’t know about anything the state department was doing in Libya. “After all, what difference does it make?”

Now we have word the IRS has lost two years of emails from the person on the hot seat, Lois Lerner, as Congress continues to push for their release. Most anybody who has known or heard much about the tech of e-mails is that they are always somewhere — they cannot really be destroyed. What about the agency that was gathering everybody’s phone calls and e-mails? What about the receivers of those e-mails?

Does this bring to mind some 40 years ago when there was an 18-minute gap in audio tapes from the White House and Nixon’s office that eventually led to his resigning?  Perhaps Obama would do well to review this bit of history.

What about the VA? Millions of dollars to VA employees who cooked the books to get bonuses? And what about those veterans, who should be honored, but many died for lack of appointments for treatments and diagnosis?

And now, we are being invaded by children, by the thousands. Yes, we have sympathy for children seeking and needing a better place to live. But the president signed the executive order (among hundreds of others for his personal whims) that put out the word that children would not be sent back, if they came across the border.

And, there are others — NSA tapping our phones and e-mails, the “Fast and Furious guns” to Mexico, the WH tapping reporters (even their parents) and news agency phones, and don’t forget the debacle of Obamacare and all of its false promises and disastrous rollout and many favors granted through presidential executive orders.  Don’t forget about our continuing rising red ink in government, we are essentially broke when it comes to cash. And on and on ...

Where have all the lack of answers and lack of action gotten us? Even our friends wonder about our foreign policy. We trade five high-level terrorists for a soldier who walked off his base. We let Benghazi sit there without proper protection and we lost four brave Americans, the IRS who takes you down over lost receipts, etc. but now they have lost the e-mails that are crucial to unravelling of their unlawful treatment of patriotic groups wanting certification for volunteer organizations.

We have border control officers babysitting and making sandwiches, while the crooks are free to cross the border because they are so engaged. We have many caught in the snares of Obamacare with no coverage or coverage that costs more, and limits medical resources available with higher out-of-pocket costs.

And, folks, we’re worrying about climate change? I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of what is being put upon us. The answers given to questions remind you of the old standby “the dog ate my homework.”

Yes, the questions tell us more than the answers, because the answers tell us very little and who can trust what they say. Sadly, we have found that we cannot always get truthful answers. I admit that I am now an expert on all these matters — if even I can see though all of these smokescreens and non-answers it means that we have trouble.

When the questions make more sense than the answers, we have one last (should have been first) place to go: “Lord, help us.”