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June 18, 2014

Another scandal for the Obama administration

Well, here I am again, writing about another scandal by the Obama administration that might top all others. In my last column I ranked my top three scandals of the president, writing, “I only hope that another scandal in the next 21/2 years doesn’t bump one of these off the top shelf.”

It took less than a month for a new one that is so flagrantly egregious, that being the tens of thousands of children coming over the Southern border illegally, without any parental care. Alone, by themselves, without any supervision, children as young as toddlers are traveling by freight train, some on top of box cars.

The local Fox news station in Washington reported, “The number of children caught crossing the U.S. border has surged over the last two years.” With the increase being four-fold, the sheer numbers are too much for all the government agencies trying to deal with this influx.

Not only for the border patrol, which has been completely overwhelmed, but also for the detention centers where children are being housed. Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, as well as other facilities, are so inundated with children that they do not have the beds, food or sanitary facilities to take care of them all. Some of the conditions are just as bad as they were at the Louisiana Super Dome after Katrina.

The overflow from Texas is being sent to Arizona. And under the watchful eye of the federal government, this is being done as clandestinely as possible. That secrecy included not telling Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who learned of the practice through the media. Gov. Brewer did urge the president “to put a stop to the dangerous and unconscionable practice.” That is not going to happen.

The ultimate shame of this situation, like so many others after taking over the White House in 2009, is that the president and his Praetorian Guard want this to continue. This goes right along with so many other decisions made by the president that holds onto his power base. Those who may not survive the hundred-degree heat or any criminals along the way add to all the other casualties from the policies of this administration.

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