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September 16, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Public servants must answer to us

Let’s see if I understand this. If I’m working in the private sector and I refuse to answer my boss’s questions about what I’ve done, I’ll be out the door in a flash. But if I’m a public servant and I refuse to answer my boss’s questions, like former IRS official Lois Lerner did, I get sent home with pay.

The U.S. Constitution protects a citizen from being a witness against himself in a criminal case. No problem. But the Fifth Amendment only applies to criminal cases, not hiring/firing decisions.

Everyone in the federal government works for “we the people.” And the U.S. Congress represents “we the people.” It seems that anytime a federal employee gives false testimony or refuses to testify before Congress, that’s the same as refusing to answer the boss’s questions.

Shouldn’t that be grounds for immediate dismissal?

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