What Are You Hiding, Mr. President?

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The Obama campaign team is doing whatever it can to divert the public’s attention away from President Obama’s failed policies on the economy. Until the last few days, when the Obama campaign started re-focusing its demagoguery on trying to paint Mitt Romney’s running mate Representative Paul Ryan as a cold-hearted monster about to throw grandma off the cliff, it had been accusing Mitt Romney of hiding the truth about his taxes and his time at Bain Capital.

“What is it that he’s hiding?” Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod asked earlier this month, referring to Mitt Romney’s taxes and refusing to disavow unsubstantiated, discredited claims made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that Romney did not pay income taxes for 10 years.

Last month, Axelrod accused Romney of being “the most secretive candidate that we’ve seen, frankly, since Richard Nixon.”  Axelrod complained that he “won’t release his tax returns, won’t reveal his bundlers, left Massachusetts with the hard drives from his computer. He believes in keeping the public in the dark.  If you don’t have anything to hide, why not just release that information?”

It won’t be long before the Obama hit squad returns to that line of attack. But would Axelrod want this standard – if you don’t have anything to hide, then just release the information – to be applied to President Obama?  Not likely, since it is Obama who has been an even more secretive president than Richard Nixon on matters of real public interest.

Case in point is Obama’s spurious claim of executive privilege to withhold information from Congress on efforts within the Justice Department to hide the truth about the Fast and Furious gun-running operation. This operation reportedly allowed U.S. weapons to cross the border into Mexico in order to track where they ended up.  It was badly botched, resulting in a U.S. border patrol agent, Brian Terry, being killed by one of these guns, which had ended up in the hands of the Mexican drug cartel. The Justice Department, all the way up to Attorney General Eric Holder, has changed its story about who knew what really happened and when they knew it.

The House of Representatives voted a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Holder on June 28, 2012 for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents in the House’s Fast and Furious investigation conducted pursuant to its constitutional oversight responsibilities.  Holder hid behind President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege. House Republicans have now brought a civil lawsuit seeking to invalidate the executive privilege claim.

The Obama administration refuses to divulge documents that could shed some light on why the Justice Department took ten months to retract a false denial of the investigative tactics used in Fast and Furious. Holder himself had changed his story in testimony before Congress as to when he first became aware of the Fast and Furious operation. The documents being withheld from Congress by the Obama administration do not pertain to the details of the operation itself but to the efforts by Justice Department employees to evade responsibility for the fiasco that ensued.

In Holder’s own words in a letter to President Obama requesting his intervention to shield the documents on executive privilege grounds, the documents involved the Justice Department’s “response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries” about who knew what and when about Operation Fast and Furious.

“The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who has led a Senate investigation into Fast and Furious. “How can the President assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the President exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?”

In short, this sure smells like a cover-up.

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  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Klein insinuates in the most roundabout way that Mitt Romney has been completely aboveboard with his tax payments. Then he sidetracks that by talking about Fast and Furious, a completely unrelated abuse of America and Americans. Let's stick to the issue of Mitt Romney and his fat Cayman Islands tax shelters for a moment. These fine non-partisan people have asked Mitt Romney to disclose the secret people who are bribing him:

    He has not done it yet.

    What's the big deal, Mr. Klein? Why so eager to rush a tax cheat and secretive Adelson lapdog into office? Why do you begrudge the American people the ability to vet their own potential leader for lapses in financial honesty? Why are you on the wrong side of campaign finance and of popular sovereignty? Why are you for oligarchs and bought elections?

    • Choi

      AGAIN ,the Professional JEW-HATING TROLL manages to get his JEW-BAITING into his ACT.
      Schlomotion should put himself where his EVIL SOUL is: He should travel to Iran and volunteer to be a HUMAN SHIELD at an Iranian Nuclear Facility.


      Schlomotion – try to get your brain to function at a speed above slow-motion. Romney's tax returns are at best of minor importance. We know that the Democrats will lie and distort everything in them to distract from their disastrous policies. Which is more important – Romney's Adjusted Gross Income from 10 years ago, or that of unemployed Americans today – unempoloyed BECAUSE of Obama's policies.

      On the other hand, Fast & Furious is like Watergate, except more serious because people died – not only Brian Terry, but probably Jaime Zapata and perhaps 200 Mexican Nationals. Romney might offer a deal, though – one year of tax returns in exchange for ALL the subpoenaed F & F documents plus Obama's college and law school transcripts. Would you still be in favor of disclosure and against secrecy under those terms?

      • Schlomotion

        No. Sorry. The Romney talking point is that unemployment is more important than which undisclosed foreign and corporate interests are buying the next American President. That talking point is false. I know it was issued yesterday by Paul Ryan, and you were kind enough to repeat it, but no, people are not so hard up for jobs that they want a corrupt President.

        You seem to think I am an Obama supporter. I am not. Sure, I don't care if Obama is made to provide all kinds of silly documents as to what his beliefs were in college. Really, both of these candidates are worthless.

        • Ar'nun

          Its a lose lose. If he releases more there will just be more "Cayman Island" twaddle from people like you. I'm more intersted in how high up the administration the orders to James Holmes came from.

        • Choi

          There you GO AGAIN.MORE LIES from the Professional TROLL.
          Romney DOES NOT have Swiss Fund-Raisers ran by George Clooney.
          Romney does not have Fund-Raising Telephone Banks operating in GAZA.
          However,"Somebody Else " DID and DOES.

    • Mo Schlotion

      How much does an election cost? Can you buy one at Walmart?

    • Bert

      Seems to me that Schlomotion must be a hired gun. Note that he is always to first to write his hate comment and he must have loads of time to make so many comments. Normal people have a life to live but this creature exists ONLY to be the resident attack dog on Front Page Mag. If we were to trace back to see where this creature comes from might we find a paid agent for supporting the enemies of American freedom and democracy.
      It has reached the point where one can assume that his comments are certain to be hateful and sarcastic and part of a sick mind that lives only for an ego trip. Is it really necessary to tolerate his extreme abuse of the right of free speech?

    • Willy Rho

      While asking for someone to release something, how about Obama's school records, especially the Foreign exchange assistance at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard. The Obozo is an ILLEGAL ALIEN PRESIDENT. He was born in Kenya and also became an Indoneisan Citizen. He ain't no Natural Born Citizen, he is not even an American Citizen. Even his Literary Bios at Acton & Dystel, written by Obama says, "Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." Check that out. Then, check out some of these:

      Sheriff Joe Arpaio Press Conference March 31. Barack Obama's Birth Certificate and SSR is a Forgery/Fraud. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uICO4l5PRcs&fe
      Arpaio Investigation Closes in on Obama Birth Certificate Fraud. August 4, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PseFF1_bzM

      Barack Obama's Social Security Number is stolen. It was issued in 1977 to a man born in 1890. He/it fails E-Verify. In addition he has used at least 27 different Social Security Numbers.

      Barack Obama's Kenyan Birth Certificate, both photo copy and Certified Copy may be viewed at this link.
      And stories from witnesses that saw the birth and were with Anne Dunham at the beach when she went into labor. And the Imam that blessed the birth and did a Muslim dedication of Barack. Many witness verifications.
      See that at web link http://thepowerhour.com/news4/obama_kenyan_birth_

      Obama Grandmother audio: Says Barack Born in Kenya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlFc4wCpvSo

      More Barack Obama Born in Kenya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl1K94ALlTA&fe

      And More Barack Obama Born in Kenya II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4FqVRWgrNw

      And even more Video Proof Barack Obama was born in Kenya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vru5pz2pwQ

      Kenyan Ambassador admits Obama born in Kenya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH4GX3Otf14

      Rush: Did Obama apply to Columbia As A Foreign Exchange Student? http://www.westernjournalism.com/rush-did-obama-a

  • Suzi S

    Because politicians were afraid to go after the 1% and actually punish them for their tax evasion with swiss banks, we now have one of those probable criminals running for the most respected position in this country and in the world. We are letting the fox into the hen house, people!

    The mantra has been “anyone but Obama” and now that needs to switch to “anyone but Romney!” Are we going to allow a possible THIEF run our country????

    Give up those tax returns, Ann. We will NOT trust that you weren’t trying to steal from the people of this country by way of tax evasion. Let’s see if you took advantage of the tax amnesty for thieves that our lovely government granted, thinking, “I just want that money” and not realizing what the ultimate consequences of a free pass and hand out to the mega rich might end up costing this country.

    Why won’t we trust you that “Mitt has golden integrity?” BECAUSE HE LIED TO THE PEOPLE OF MA about his taxes!! The only reason you can hold up those returns during that time is because they were amended! The more current taxes must involve waaaaay too much money to fix “retroactively” and sorry, but if this is the case, Mrs. Romney, you’d better advise your husband to bow out of the race. Does Harry Reid have the list of those who were granted tax amnesty???

    • Joseph Klein

      Tax evasion. Tax cheat. Sounds familiar – where have we heard that before? Now I remember. It was Obama's Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner – now in charge of the IRS – who himself was guilty of tax evasion.

      Sorry Suzi S, we have already let the fox into the hen house. Geithner simply decided he was above the law and failed to pay taxes for several years until he was caught. But President Obama nominated him and he was confirmed by the Democratic Senate led by Harry Reid anyway. And now Reid has the unmitigated gall to make reckless unsubstantiated charges against Mitt Romney, and trolls on the left are mindlessly and hypocritically repeating the charges.

      • Schlomotion

        The rule here is that it is okay to be a tax cheat and to have buyers instead of voters if you make the right promises to Israel. If Obama had promised Israel all kinds of goodies, tax evasion and political simony would become virtues again.

        • Choi

          WTF does THIS have to do with Israel,you OBSESSIVE JEW-HATING TROLL?

          • Schlomotion

            Gee, you make it sound like hate filled bigots are not wanted here. HOW DARE YOU!!

    • Choi

      You're an AIRHEAD ,Suzi S.
      If you really think that Romney is what you posted,you are one SICK girl.
      Walk into your nearest Mental Hospital and tell them YOU NEED HELP.


      You've got a heck of a nerve accusing Romney of cheating on his taxes – with no proof, mind you – when we KNOW a bunch of prominent Democrats, including Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel, DID cheat on theirs. Considering how difficult it is to find a Democrat who DIDN'T cheat on his taxes, I'm amazed at your side's chutzpah in bringing this subject up.

    • poppakap

      ..and I thought slomo's rants were silly. This is genuinely childish DNC talking point repetition.

      Walk away from the red kool-aid Suze. You'll feel better and think more clearly.

    • Willy Rho

      The Communist Fox is already running the Hen House. His goal is to "Fundamentally transform" the United States from a Free Republic founded on Liberty to a Socialist Democracy with Slavery at its core.

      • Willy Rho

        Which word must be reviewed? Is it the Slavery or the Communist word? They are the same thing, think man!

    • http://twitter.com/PeaceLanese @PeaceLanese

      Until someone passes a law that all candidates for president must present 10 years of tax returns- shut up. John McCain was only asked for 2 years and only 2 years are required. Its ONLY and issue with Mitt because he's wealthy. Obama's line of attack is unquestionably trounce on the rich- its their fault you're poor. Yet someone has passed a law via the Constitution, that you must be a natural born citizen to be president of the US. Yet we have sealed transcripts and records and a President who has a SS# from CT- at best duel citizenship. This president has no aliegiance to America. Read Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky and you'll discover on your own what Obama's trying to do to this country. BTW its public knowledge that Hillary wrote her gushing college thesis on Alinsky as well. Birds of a feather.

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    No, Mr. Klein. It is you, and it is the Front Page Magazine (knowing no shame), who "is doing whatever it can to divert the public's attention away from the resident Obama's" illegitimacy, forgery, fraud and identity theft. To divert attention from the facts, reports, and judicial records.

    In doing so you are no different from grotesquely arrogant and stupid Obots, who dare to shout "What is it that he's hiding?" to Romney, and who dare to call Romney (of all) "the most secretive candidate that we've seen"!

    In doing so you, alas, replicate also dishonesty of Romney, failing to address the egregious crimes of his opponent Obama/Soetoro – a grotesque case of the inverse hypocrisy: to readily admit the mote in the own eye, yet to refuse to see the beam in the eye of the opponent (subservience in its extreme).

    The stupidity and grotesqueness of this game is really mind boggling. One could expect, that both treasonous parties would at least maintain an agreement to not utter words like "hiding" and "secrecy". To not draw attention to the 800 pounds gorilla in the White House. To not challenge the intelligence of the audience by so obvious foul game… Yet the parties (and their water carriers) do not expect any intelligence in Americans…

    Alas, there also was another Terry – Lt. Col. Terry Lakin – who too wanted to know what the impostor is hiding…

  • logdon

    What is Obama hiding?

    Maybe this is a clue.

  • davarino

    Uh excuse me but Fast and Furious is one of many many many violations of the public trust, law, and integrity that this administration was supposed to bring to the White House. Its about time for Romney and crew to unleash the mountain of transgretions committed by the Imperial, most high Obama. I think its close enough to the election they can turn it on now, we see the whites of their eyes already, lets go.

    • Andy

      Right on, Davarino! If Romney and company do not make use of the mountain of evil doings by Obama, much of it unknown to the great unwashed mass of voters wearing blinders and ear plugs, then he'll lose and America will go down the drain. It won't be enough to vote out Obama. He needs to be prosecuted on an endless list of charge along with half his team.

  • tagalog

    When Richard Nixon asserted executive privilege in a context where the argument could legitimately be made, there was an uproar, a Constitutional crisis, and a Supreme Court decision against the assertion of the privilege.

    Today, President Obama makes the executive privilege claim in a context where executive privilege clearly doesn't exist, and in the mainstream journalistic media the crickets are chirping.

    But there's no good reason to be surprised about that, is there?

  • ★FALCON★

    Each democrat administration has gotten progressively worse, starting with Kennedy. They have become more and more a full fledged member of the NWO.

    Everyone knows that Democrats are not for freedom of religion, or freedom of anything – they are top down statists. Everyone knows this. In order to be elected they need the NWO / New Castrati to run interference and use their media lapdogs to obuscate the truth. Running on their thoughts and records gets them dumped in a heart beat.

    Obama is simply the most recent incarnation Tiberius Nero Caligula.

  • Stan Lee

    A far more important question is what is Axelrod hiding? This man has evolved from generations of Communists in his family. Communism is in his DNA. He is the most dangerous individual in America, even worse than Obama. A man like Axelrod can produce and develop many Obamas.
    If an individual of Axelrod's covert treachery was active in undermining Russian life, as he is with American life, a black limousine containing men clothed in dark leather trenchcoats, would have stopped in front of his house about 3 AM, taken him for a ride, and he'd never undermine again. How fortunate he is to live in a country where its Constitution protects him, the same Constitution he scorns.

  • tanstaafl jw

    Obama is hiding the intent of his administration to us the Fast and Furious operation to "prove" that the guns being used by the drug cartels in Mexico were being "supplied" by Americans. His administration would propose massive gun control legislature to deal with the "crisis".

  • Jon_Babtist

    If we had a single person in congress or the republican party with cojones they would be yelling from the rooftops:
    What did the president know and when did he know it?