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Letter: Double standard

The New York Times reported that the FBI knew of the David Petraeus scandal during the summer, but it didn’t come out until after the election. Had that happened under President George W. Bush, liberals would have screamed “cover-up.” Why, then, are they saying that the announcement had nothing to do with the election?

Leona Helmsley, a wealthy Republican, went to jail for tax evasion. Her hotel employees worked on her house; she did not declare the income. Tom Daschle, a wealthy Democrat, did the same thing – he didn’t declare private rides from a company chauffeur – but he didn’t go to jail. Rep. Charles Rangel only had to apologize for “forgetting” to pay tax on income from renting his vacation house; “Turbo Tax Timmy” Geithner was made secretary of the treasury despite cheating on HIS taxes. Tax evasion is okay if you’re a big-time Democrat. What sort of example does that set for the rest of us?

The Times got it right when it quoted President Obama: “I’ve got to own up to my mistake, which is that ultimately it’s important for this administration to send a message that there aren’t two sets of rules. You know, one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes” (Feb. 4, 2009).

Why is it okay for Democrats to sit on scandals and cheat on taxes when it isn’t okay for Republicans? Are there two sets of rules?

I believe it isn’t okay for anybody to do these things, but the Times seems to disagree.

BILL TAYLOR

New Hampton

Eric Cantor got the info from a whistleblower and handed the info over to the FBI to investigate because he felt security issues were a risk. Now he could have gone to the press and said what he heard, but if he had, the press would have said he was trying to ruin the President's election chances with this. And security was an issue. The question to ask is how come the adminstration was keeping it quiet till after the election? Cantor gave the President a gift.

Democrats covered this up as they did the Benghazi situation and as usual have lied incessantly. Democrats were so worried about what was discussed with energy companies behind closed doors with Dick Cheney. That is a non-incident compared to some of the antics of this administration. Democrats, progressives.....are hypocrites.

Ask Congressman Eric Cantor -- Republican -- one of many who knew about the affair prior to the election, why it was not publicized. Despite the right-wing penchant for conspiracy theories, this is not something that the Democrats covered up to protect their interests in the election.

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