By Fred Johnson, Columnist
At my age it seems that I have seen it all and nothing is new. Back in the 1970s, America watched President Nixon stare into the TV and say that his administration had nothing to do with the Watergate break in. Later, as the facts unfolded, members of his staff served jail terms and Nixon resigned in disgrace.
Then in the 1990s, we watched President Clinton stare into the TV and say, “I did not have sex with that woman. Not once!” It turned out that the only part of the statement that was true was, “Not once.”
The attempt to cover up the story and influence a jury, led to Clinton being disbarred from the practice of law and his impeachment. Now, we are watching clips of our president stare into the TV and declare, “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it – Period!” and, “If you like your current doctor, you can keep your doctor- period!”
Nancy Pelosi told us this about Obamacare, “We must pass the bill to see what’s in it.” That was a very true statement. Now that Obamacare is being implemented, hundreds of thousands of Americans are finding that they can not keep their current plans and that they can not keep their doctors.
Small business owners are finding that they not only cannot afford health insurance for their employees, they can not even afford Obamacare health insurance for themselves. We are now learning that a government study concluded that 15 million would lose their insurance and that the White House knew that this even when Obama made his speeches.
When the Fast and Furious scandal broke, Obama said he learned about it on TV when everyone else did, but later claimed executive privilege to shield the White House from a Congressional investigation.
When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, President Obama told us the attack was a spontaneous demonstration caused by a you-tube video. The Secretary of State and our UN Ambassador repeated that mantra weeks later. We have since learned that the US knew it was a well coordinated al-qaeda attack even as the seven hour attack was taking place.
When the IRS scandal broke, the WhiteHouse Press Secretary told the nation that it was lower level underlings in Cincinnati that were responsible.
But Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS, took the fifth when asked to testify before Congress about the scandal. She is being subpoenaed by the committee to testify further. Like I say, when you reach my age, history seems to keep repeating itself. Fred Johnson is a member of the Morgan County Republican Party.