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Surprise, surprise, surprise

Published on -7/31/2014, 10:12 AM

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Surprise, surprise, surprise

In the old television program, "Gomer Pyle," Pvt. Pyle repeatedly surprised Sgt. Carter with, "Surprise, surprise, surprise," and each time Carter indeed was surprised. Today, we seem to have an administration in the White House that reflects Carter's surprise.

How many times during the past five-plus years have we heard the president, his White House press secretary or another talking head from his staff tell the American public on national television the administration was surprised when another of the numerous scandals became news? These excuses began shortly after the administration assumed office with their surprise at the state of the nation's economy. That, of course, could be blamed on the previous administration, as were most of the surprises that occurred during the first term of this administration and continued until that excuse was exhausted.

During the past few years, we have experienced Fast and Furious, the IRS debacle, the invasion of our privacy by the NSA, the AP scandal, the Benghazi attack and a multitude of other incidents that have surprised this administration. In many, if not most, of these occurrences, we have heard from the highest officials involved that they first were aware of the problem from media sources. The question is: Where was the president's staff? Why did they not provide the information required to avoid the embarrassment of those famous quotes: "I/we only learned about this from the media."

When these staff failures to provide current, relevant information concerning other surprise events are considered with the ongoing incidents on our border, what information has the president been provided on the border crisis? These aforementioned talking heads assure us the president's staff has kept him fully informed of the crisis and even though he has elected to attend three fundraisers in Texas, he fails to recognize the need to personally observe the human tragedy occurring on our border. His staff must be improving with their updating capability.

The American voters cast their ballot for "Hope and Change." We have for more than five years endured the change. In 2014, vote for the hope. The hope the United States of America can recover our economy, our status and our prestige.

J.T. Plummer,

Logan

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