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VA Secretary McDonald Caught in a Lie

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 24, 2015

Another high level US government official has been caught in a lie. This time it is Veterans Administration Secretary Robert McDonald. On January 30, a CBS video captured a homeless veteran informing McDonald that he was once in the US Special Forces. To that McDowell responded: “Special forces? What years? I was in special forces.” While a touching response, it was false with McDonald serving with the 82nd Airborne, not Special Forces.

obama McDonaldAfter being confronted with the lie, McDonald forced to make a retraction saying: “I was not in special forces. What I said was wrong. I reacted spontaneously and I reacted wrongly, [with] no intent in any way to describe my record any different than it is.

While in the scheme of things McDonald’s lie was not grand in scale, it represents yet another high-level government official being caught lying. In addition, McDonald’s retraction/excuse is lame.

What is it about high-level “public service” that too often leads these supposed representatives of the People to become disingenuous?   Does the lust for power attract a high percentage people with disingenuous traits or does the power of the positions corrupt? Whatever the answer, it is difficult to justify giving the political and bureaucratic elites more power.

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