Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

April 21, 2014

President Obama abuses authority

— — Sixteen Hundred Pennsylvania Avenue has become the base of operations for alarming abuse of authority. Dr. Benjamin Carson delivered well-publicized criticism of the policies of President Obama in February 2013. He reported that later that day, he received a call from a White House staffer who said the president was offended by Carson’s remarks. The staffer suggested that Carson call the president to apologize. Carson responded that he did not think Obama was offended and that he did not believe such a call was warranted.

The president’s revenge was swift and hard-hitting. Carson said that just months later, he was audited by the Internal Revenue Service for the first time in his life. The IRS initially examined his real-estate holdings; then expanded its inquiry into a full-blown audit; and later audited another return from a previous year.  No audits discovered any wrongdoing.

Carson recently called on Congress to respond and investigate the executive branch’s shenanigans. “We live in a Gestapo age; people don’t realize it,” he said. “Congress has to ... step up to the plate.” The president may be offended, if he chooses, but if his vengeful exercises are allowed to continue, no American’s freedom will be safe.

Joe Davidson

Rocky Gap

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