Is The United States Ready For Another Watergate Scandal?

I am old enough to remember the Watergate scandal. I was on my honeymoon in Canada when I first heard about the Watergate break in back in June 1972. I thought then that there was more involved than just a "third rate burglary". Later when I learned that two of those burglars in the Watergate break in were connected to the Nixon campaign, I knew then that Nixon was involved. 

Of course that whole story was buried during the election campaign and Nixon won in a landslide. But as soon as he took the oath of office for his second term, the story broke and the scandal was on. It dominated the headlines for more than a year and a half until Nixon's ultimate resignation in August 1974. 

Of course during that period, there was a Middle East war and the Arab oil boycott. The economy went into a severe recession that was the worst since the great depression of the 1930s. But the government seemed paralyzed and preoccupied with the Watergate scandal. 

Should Donald Trump become President, I smell another Watergate type scandal brewing that could break once he is in office. Donald Trump's term as President would be like Richard Nixon's second term and probably just as short. 

Are we ready for Watergate part 2? I think that would happen should Donald Trump become President. He hasn't released his income tax returns. There is the story about his dealings in foreign countries and with foreign leaders that is shrouded in secrecy. 

Will Donald Trump place his business operations in the hands of a non family receiver should he become President? So far he has indicated that he intends to place his adult children in charge of his business operations while he is serving as President. That is not good enough since there are obviously very close ties and a potential conflict of interest. 

Would Donald Trump be willing to place his personal assets in a blind trust controlled by someone outside of his family while he is serving as President? Every President and presidential candidate since the Watergate scandal has done that, except Donald Trump. 

But then Donald Trump is the first major party candidate for President who has never held any elected office of any kind or seriously run for any elected office until this year nor has led an army during war time. Does Donald Trump have any idea where there might be a conflict of interest between his business dealings and his being able to serve as President?

There have been many wealthy business people who have served very well as mayors of major cities, congressional representatives, senators and cabinet officials; even as President of the United States. One thing that they all did was to walk away from their business interests and place their personal assets in a blind trust to avoid any potential conflict of interest. So far Donald Trump has not indicated that he would take those steps.

Another reason why I believe that the nation is headed toward another Watergate type scandal is that since the dreadfully wrong Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case in 2010; the political campaigns have been inundated with money from ultra wealthy billionaires in an attempt to influence elections.

This year the Koch Brothers are planning on spending more than 800 million dollars on the election. Here in Ohio, Koch funded shadow groups such as Fighting for Ohio and Freedom Partners Action Fund have been flooding the television airwaves with negative commercials against Democratic candidate for senate Ted Strickland. 

There is an excellent book about how the power and influence of those shadow groups that are funded through wealthy billionaires and their influence on our elections titled Dark Money by New York Times reporter Jane Mayer. She investigated the money trail behind many of those shadow groups that flood our television airwaves every election with largely negative commercials. 

Hillary Clinton has come out against the Citizens United decision and has vowed that if elected, she would push for a constitutional amendment limiting political contributions or public funding of elections. She has also vowed to appoint Supreme Court Justices who would be likely to vote to overturn the Citizens United decision. 

Meanwhile Donald Trump has stated that if elected President, he would have the NRA vet his nominations for the Supreme Court. My prediction is that should Donald Trump become President, he would be constantly embroiled in scandal for his entire term. Is the nation ready for Watergate part 2?  

Of course the decision is all in our hands as voters in this election. There is only one candidate who has been up front in her dealings and financial records and who has stated that she would work to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that enables all this “dark money” in politics. We have the power to avoid another “long national nightmare” of another Watergate type scandal. Elect Hillary Clinton as the next President.

Lee Kamps

Lee has been working with Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance since he began working at the Erie County Welfare Department in January 1973 where a major part of his job was determining eligibility for Medicaid. He went into the private insurance business in 1977 with Prudential Insurance Company and within a short time had become one of the company’s top sales agents. In 1982, he was promoted into management where he managed two field offices and as many as thirteen sales agents. After leaving Prudential in 1986, Lee decided to become more focused on health insurance and employee benefits. He has advised many local employers on how to have a more cost effective employee benefit program as well as conducted employee benefit meetings and enrollments for many area employers. The companies Lee has worked with ranged from small “mom and pop” businesses to local operations of large national companies. Lee received his B.S. degree from Kent State University where he has been active in the local alumni association. He has completed seven of the ten courses toward the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation. He has taught courses in employee benefits and insurance at Cleveland State University and local community colleges. In addition, Lee is an experienced and accomplished public speaker. He has been a member of Toastmasters International where he achieved the designation of “Able Toastmaster – Silver” in 1994. He has also served as a club president, Area Governor and District Public Relations Officer in Toastmasters as well as winning local speech contests. Lee has also been a member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Speaker’s Bureau where he was designated as one of the “official spokespeople for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” prior to the hall’s opening in 1995. He has given talks and presentations before many audiences including civic organizations, AARP chapters and many other community groups. With the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act (Medicare drug bill) in 2006, Lee has shifted his focus to Medicare and helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the often confusing array of choices and plans available. As an independent representative, Lee is not bound to any one specific company or plan, but he can offer a plan that suits an individual person’s needs and budget. In addition, Lee is well versed in the requirements and availability of various programs for assistance with Medicare part D as well as Medicaid. While he cannot make one eligible, he can assist in the process and steer one to where they may be able to receive assistance.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 7:01 AM, 10.03.2016