The US Government Accountability Office issued a report in early October with a shocking conclusion: The Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology broke the law.
Liberal media didn’t exactly push this story, but the transgression was serious and it was plain as the nose on President Barack Obama’s face.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) violated a section of the Continuing Appropriations Act (2011)—section 1340. That section, said GAO, “prohibits OSTP from engaging in bilateral activities with the government of the People's Republic of China or Chinese-owned companies unless specifically authorized. Because OSTP was prohibited from using appropriated funds to participate in the Innovation Dialogue and the S&ED, OSTP violated the Antideficiency Act.”
Sounds a little dull, doesn’t it?
Fact is this is just one more in a long line of transgressions by the Obama administration. Our president is supposed to be an expert on the US Constitution. His actions in office defy that claim—or, conversely, reflect a president who has no respect for the Constitution.
Lynn H. Gibson, General Counsel for the GAO, made it clear that the Obama administration violated the law and should report the action:
“By using its fiscal year 2011 appropriation in a manner specifically prohibited, OSTP violated the Antideficiency Act. Accordingly, OSTP should report the violation as required by the act.”
The Washington Times, one of the only big media outlets to report the violation, said:
“It’s not every day that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the Executive Office of the President violated federal law, but that’s the conclusion the GAO released in a report this month, after reviewing bilateral talks with the Chinese government hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).”
If a Republican president had been sitting in the White House, this story would have been above the fold for weeks. Liberal media, however, chose to ignore it, continuing a trend among many (not all) big media outlets of advocacy for Obama.
Perhaps conservative media can take a look at the participants. Is there also a national security issue here?
“Six U.S. participants attended the dinner, along with an unidentified number of “staff-level employees from other federal agencies.” OSTP Response, at 4, n.13. The Director is the only listed dinner attendee from OSTP. There were six Chinese invitees.”
Ironically, Democrats helped pass the Act that contains the law their party’s president violated.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Oct. 29, 2011)