Increasing public disapproval of Barack Obama is based on more than his extravagant spending, which hangs debt like an albatross around the necks of our children and grandchildren. He is presiding over the most scandal-ridden administration in decades, from Colombia to Las Vegas to the Mexican border to Solyndra and more.
The Secret Service's prostitution party in Colombia is an international embarrassment. It's not sufficient punishment that a few guilty men have been allowed to resign or retire with benefits because many questions are still crying to be answered.
Who arranged the party at the now notorious Pley Club in Cartagena, Colombia, which apparently supplied enough girls for 11 Secret Service and 10 U.S. military men staying in separate rooms at the historic Hotel Caribe, where prostitution is openly tolerated?
Is there any connection between this moral scandal and our recent trade agreement with Colombia? Were there any similar parties to con the United States into going along with this free-trade deal that's favorable to Colombia?
Another embarrassing scandal is the General Services Administration's $823,000 junket to Las Vegas. Obama administration bureaucrats apparently think parties are perks that go along with their jobs.
Living high on the hog, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been charging the Pentagon $32,000 per flight to jet to California every few weeks. And don't forget the half-billion-dollar gift to Solyndra before it filed for bankruptcy and left U.S. taxpayers on the hook.
"Fast and Furious" turned out to be a bloody scandal after the U.S. Justice Department OK'd the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, under the ridiculous excuse that this would give us the opportunity to get more information about the drug dealers. Somebody should be held accountable for the fact that one of these U.S. guns was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Operation Fast and Furious allowed over 2,000 weapons to be smuggled to the violent Mexican drug cartels. A new book by investigative journalist Katie Pavlich called "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up," asserts that a third gun was involved whose existence was covered up by the FBI and the Justice Department.
Another scandal is that the Obama administration is suing several states. We need more aggressive 10th Amendment advocates to publicize and overturn these travesties.
Obama is suing Arizona to try to knock out its law to protect its citizens against illegal aliens, a law that polls show Americans support by 2 to 1. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week.
The Arizona law allows local law enforcement to question the legal status of anyone who is stopped on suspicion of a crime and then detain anyone who cannot prove legal U.S. residency. Illegal immigration is already a federal crime, and the Arizona law is an attempt to do some enforcement that the feds are failing to do.
The Obama administration wants the courts to prevent the states from enforcing laws that Obama refuses to enforce. Similar lawsuits have been filed against Alabama, Georgia and Utah.
In the Supreme Court case against Arizona, nine states have filed amicus briefs supporting Arizona, including Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina. They say they "have a manifest interest in ensuring that their sovereignty is accorded proper respect," and that each state should be able to decide for itself how to protect its citizens from the crime and costs associated with illegal aliens.
Amicus briefs from foreign governments opposing the Alabama and Georgia laws were filed by Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. We need federal and state laws to prevent our courts from considering foreign laws, treaties, court decisions, or briefs in interpreting U.S. laws.
It looks as if voter fraud is one of the ways that Barack Obama plans to be re-elected in November. He has had his Justice Department block Texas and South Carolina laws that require showing a photo ID in order to vote, even though polls report that 70 percent of Americans support voter ID.
In defending Texas' law, Gov. Rick Perry said it "requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane." At least eight states have passed similar laws, and even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Arizona's 2004 ballot initiative requiring voters to show photo ID in order to vote.
The Constitution makes it a major duty of the president to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Despite the fact the Defense of Marriage Act is the law of the land, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, Obama is instead ordering his Justice Department not to defend this law in court.
Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of 20 books. Her latest, written with co-author Suzanne Venker, is "The Flipside of Feminism" published by WorldNetDaily. She can be contacted by e-mail at [email protected] To find out more about Phyllis Schlafly and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Website at www.creators.com.