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‘Listen, Responsibility . . . They Are Going to Take You.’


In this morning’s New York Post, I have an op-ed on the ubiquitous “I take responsibility” pledge among politicians, and how rarely it is followed up by any real change or action.

We see this facsimile of responsibility throughout the administration: the only person who has been fired over the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation was one of the whistleblowers. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was found to have violated the Hatch Act, but she suffered no real consequence and is back on the campaign trail at Democratic events.

Time and again, the public is given declarations of “responsibility” without actual consequences for bad judgment.

It seems that, when responsibility is “taken” in this administration, it’s in the sense of those Liam Neeson movies: Responsibility has suddenly, mysteriously disappeared — and we’re never going to hear from it again.

Tags: Barack Obama


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