We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America’s slow-to-nonexistent economic growth, of which today’s manufacturing data are one of many symptoms, is the result of bad government policies: out-of-control regulations, excessive and inefficient government spending, rising tax rates and the impending disaster of Obamacare, to name the most obvious ones. Until observers are willing to acknowledge the extent to which poor government drags down the economy, they will continue to be surprised by unexpected bad news.
PS, we need to think long and hard about this current IRS and overall exec branch agency scandal.
This may be part of the admin's game plan.
The trigger may have been the impending eruption of system order due to Obamacare. To-wit: The result of an IRS/agency scandal-induced collapse could be forced into history as a people problem, with the blame on "both parties", and the journey into third-worldism would always be less painful what with a central authority running the soup kitchens and the new alphabet corps (masked forced-labor battalions a la Lenin 1920) of FDR fame, and so would stand a good chance of avoiding a revolution with those unpredictable results for the royalists.
Conversely, Obamacare as the wrecking ball puts the blame square on the list of names we have nailed to our brains, and more importantly, the tea party-ish forces will be far more ready with an alternative structure building up in inverse proportion but at the same rate as the decline rate engendered by Obamacare and the monetary measures needed to fake it to the last moment. The same powers that are ruining us would not be the restorers of civil order --the future is already snapping at their heels. The same system-order loss as triggered a year later by Obamacare would be a far less controlled descent into third-worldism.
Just a hypothetical. But someone sic'd the IG on the IRS, tho, and it was the coming IG report that triggered that 5th-amendment lady to plant that question to which her answer sprung the flood --as she must've wanted it to be sprung. So, why?