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Sunday, May 12. 2013
We now officially have a "scandal-ridden administration" in Washington. That is not a good thing for us citizens.
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Tiny Tim Geithner just wanted someone else to pay his back taxes for him, so he told his IRS that 'tea' stands for 'take exemptions away'.
Crooks!? In Benghazi Barry's "Most Transparent" administration evah? How can this be?
Government officials lying? Next you'll tell me that when using "The Honorable..." in an introduction, one must speak ironically.
But we always knew it wasn't just some low-level employees because when reported, when the investigations started, it wasn't ended or corrected. Thus a de facto ratification of the employee actions, even giving them the benefit of a doubt on accessory before the fact.
The remarks at the end about this being low-level employees being much worse than political appointees.
The bureaucrats, technocrats, Democrats and all the other ...rats do not like people and groups who wish to promote education on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
God, I mean, Government save us from the horrors of Freedom of Thought.
How many of you know a "Low Level Government Employee" that would make such an overt politically charged decision as targeting a group like the Tea Party? I'll save you the worn neurons, the answer is Zero....
Hearings, Oath, Firings or Hangings.........
I've known several who would do such a thing but they'd never put their request, etc. in official correspondence. If these "requests" went out on official letterhead, they were part of the reading file and required quite few people to accept them as legitimate.
Arnold Kling or one of the economics blogs has a discussion not long ago about the status of norms in inhibiting bad behavior in officials. Example, if the President walked in one day and told his staff to have someone killed or to invade Canada, they'd look at him like he was crazy. Okay, that would happen in previous administrations.
Now we see, even without a direct order, based on perhaps Presidential joking, "low level employees" feel it is acceptable, perhaps even hoping for reward, to violate basic laws and decency. It is the continuing undermining of the Rule of Law.
EPA apparently has a process going to make coal mine licensing so onerous as to drive them out of business based on "low level employees" obviously on that famous government employee "own initiative" seeking to use oversight to ban what they don't like.
Question: What is the statute of limitations on these actions? Can we get a change of Administration in time to initiated investigations and prosecutions?
Hearings, Oath, Firings or Hangings... Hangings would be my choice.
This administration has broken trust with the People. EPA, pentagon, state dept, irs, dept of ag, nasa, Energy, all have their politcized scandel, policies. Who to trust? Who is honest? Who is not scamming the system or abusing their power? Obeying corrupted rules and officials is being a sucker or on the take.
I don't look for any corrective action to be taken outside of some lip service.
The Left owns the bureaucracy and they are defending a fortress. Nothing will come of this.
Just another example of how the government has gotten so darn huge it can't figure out how to lie well.
Term limits. Sunset laws. And stop using the Commerce Clause to warp every nook and cranny of free market capitalism, which elites use to give themselves an edge and distort what should be a reasonably self-correcting system; i.e. minimum wage rules that only encourage the hiring of illegals and under-the-table payments.
And age limits on hiring which are devastating teens' ability to learn, learn, learn about the work environment. If I see one more politician brag about the summer jobs "manufactured" at exorbitant cost to taxpayers, I will throw up. We are raising generations whose expectations far exceed their value in a real world. I don't care that a $7.50 per hour job won't buy them $150 Nikes and $300 electronics plus cell phones and whatever. Do without some of the bling.
When I first heard of this during the last presidential campaign, my reaction then was that it was being done by some rogue low-level IRS employees who were strong Obama supporters. After all, weren't we being told that Ohio, as a battleground state, was the key to election victory? They didn't have to be asked to do this. They had the power, they figured---as liberal Obama voters do---that the end justifies the means, and that it would take forever for their decisions to be reviewed and possibly overturned. Now I don't know that this is what went down; it was only my suspicion at the time. What has now been revealed calls for a thorough investigation as to whether there was any violation of law. Employees of the IRS should be held to a much higher standard of behavior than most other federal employees. I wonder whether they might not have qualified immunity against prosecution.
Oh dear--here we go again! In 2009, the gay community of WA state was given the names of those citizens who signed the referendum to contest "gay marriage". The referendum to assure that marriage remain one man/one woman. The corrupt liberal politicians of WA state had gone through with a fraudulent implementation of a law that honest citizens felt strongly opposed to. Citizens signed a "REFERENDUM". I remember hearing the leaders of the gay community on radio: "we want those names so we can publish them; we want those names so we can confront those people where they live--we want to confront them in the grocery store, on the street, in the workplace, wherever we fine them we want to have a serious discussion with those people about why they feel the way they do"
So dear New Yorkers, dear East Coasters, where the hell were you when that crap was going on in WA state? Why are you so surprised that given the support of the Boeing workers union, the support of the Northwest Women's leadership, given the support of UPS, US Bank, Costco, Wyereheuser, Nordstrom--why are you so surprised this freedom "to list", "to harass particular groups" why are you so surprised? Did you think we don't have "mafia type groups" here on the West Coast? Did you really think that this crap would stop at the state border?
Question: "what difference does it make now?"
I forgot to post these links:
What we have to expose and make visible to the public is the relationship between social activists and their hold on corporations via their union supporters. It does no one any good to say that such and such corporation contributed to this PAC. What matter is what is the president's daughter doing at the community organization level? What is the daughter of the President of the Board doing to make herself feel more humane than her wealthy daddy?