Evan Finley Blog #5

Evan Finley Blog #5

Summery: This article is about the issue of President Obama’s knowledge of the health care enrollment website mess up, and on the spying of the NSA. The issue is that Obama either knew of both situations or knew of neither. This is a problem because it either means that Obama was being left in the dark by his cabinet, or that he was keeping the information away from the public. Both of these situations are not great. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the President didn’t know of problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website until after its fumbled launch on Oct. 1, but insurance companies had been complaining that the site crashed during a pre-launch test run. The issue of spying on international leaders without the alleged knowledge of the president brings up an issue of how is this possible. How does the the President not know of spying on international leaders when he is the most powerful man of the free world? This isn’t the first time where Obama has been perceived of being left in the dark on information, and many believe he needs to step up and take initiative.

Analysis: This issue is greater than just the President here, and has amore to do with the NSA. Much of the focus is on expanded surveillance under the Patriot Act which gives the Government the right to spy and seek information for the safety and welfare of the nation, but this brings up the issue of if the government can do this or should be allowed to. This issue of spying on international leaders without the President’s knowledge makes the people question how he could not know and if the president doesn’t know, what else could they be hiding. This issue leaves the government in a situation where the people will again start to question the governments ways of doing things, and leaves the people uncomfortable.


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