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More and more 'smidgens'

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

How many smidgens in a lie?

President Obama has declared that the IRS, the administration's most powerful agent, has “not a smidgen of corruption.” This, despite one IRS official using her Fifth Amendment protection rather than testifying before Congress. That surely is more than a smidgen of evidence of corruption.

And it appears there will be no criminal prosecutions in the IRS abuse-of-power investigation, although we're told the investigation is ongoing.

The statement by Obama that there is “not a smidgen” is just the next lie permitted to be perpetrated by our missing media. Remember the red line, the keep your doctor/keep your insurance, the stupid police, the congressional adjournment, the $2,500 savings in insurance, the shovel-ready jobs, the penalty is not a tax, the Benghazi video, the handoff of weapons to the cartels, the most open administration ever and his sincere commitment to get to the bottom of anything.

Just how many “smidgens” will it take before a modern-day Woodward or Bernstein finally stands up to this Chicago-Democrat administration? I'm embarrassed for the journalism profession.

We have to have an honest and sincere government. Inquisitive and brave journalistic oversight is our assurance against political corruption and loss of liberties. The smidgens are adding up so quickly.

It's hard to believe that we've been so transformed. But wait, he just said he never said we'd be transformed ... but he did. We all heard him.

Nancy Coriale

Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

The writer is a former Harrison resident.

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