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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Voters are concerned about the recent “scandals” surrounding the Obama administration, but they remain far more concerned about the economy, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

By a 73 to 22 percent margin, voters think the economy and unemployment should be a higher priority than investigating issues including Benghazi, the IRS focus on conservative groups and the Department of Justice’s subpoenas of reporters’ phone records. Only 24 percent of independents and 34 percent of Republicans want investigations to be given precedence over job creation.

The president’s job approval is down to 44 percent from 48 percent on May 1 of this year, 20 percent higher than the job approval of Republicans in Congress, at 24 percent. His trustworthiness has also been affected, with 49 percent saying he’s honest and trustworthy, down from 58 percent at the beginning of this month.

This suggests that the public does think there is some merit to the Republican accusations of scandal. And these allegations are particularly affecting Attorney General Eric Holder, whose job approval rating is down to 23 percent, with 39 percent disapproving.

When asked which scandal is most important, voters ranked the IRS first with 44 percent, then Benghazi at 24 percent and the investigation into AP reporters at 15 percent.

When asked if they’ve heard “a lot” about the IRS singling out conservative groups, 46 percent said yes, with 49 percent of Republicans agreeing. But 52 percent of independents also said they’d been highly exposed to the story. At this point, 44 percent say that Congress is acting on legitimate concerns, compared to a third who said they’re only playing politics. A majority of voters, including 57 percent of independents, say it is an actual “scandal.”

But 45 percent say the Obama administration has shared all the facts it has about the case, compared to 40 percent of voters who believe the president’s team tried to mislead voters. Most — 45 percent — blame civil service employees for the focus on conservative groups, with 35 percent believing that the IRS was taking orders from the administration.

A huge 76 percent majority believes a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the case. This probably reflects both voters’ beliefs  that the issue is serious and that Congress should be occupied with other matters.

Republicans are now faced with a quandary: How do they pursue investigations the public wants without appearing that they’re neglecting the economy?

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

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73 responses to “By More Than 3-1, Voters Tell Congress To Focus On Economy Over ‘Scandals’”

  1. charleo1 says:

    Sure, whatever. Appoint a special prosecutor. Put Donald Trump’s crack
    team of investigators on the scandals. But, only if they have completed their
    investigation into the birth place, and religion, of Barack Obama. Then, by all
    means. But, if John Boehner is concerned that by farming out the investigation
    to a special prosecutor, would leave too much time on the hands of Republicans.
    That plainly would rather do anything, than work on improving the economy.
    Or, fight with the T-Party, over immigration. I will gladly donate several packs of
    playing cards, a giant box of Crayolas, and an official Batman coloring book.
    If you will just get that smarmy SOB, Issa, off my television screen. How about it? Deal?

    • Fern Woodfork says:

      The More They Keep Wasting Our Tax Dollars On Witch Hunting, Scandals And Looking For The Boogie Men It Will Always Blow Up In Their Faces Cause We The Smart People Of America Know For Sure The GOP/Tea Party Are The Boogie Men!!! 🙁

      • CrankyToo says:

        Fern, Sweetie, You’re Beautiful And I Love You, But I Have To Ask, Why Do You Capitalize Every Word In Your Posts? Isn’t That A Pain In The Ass – Or Do You Use A Word Processor Or Text Editor That Does It For You? Inquiring Minds Want To Know…

        • Fern Woodfork says:

          No Pain For Me!! Nope Just Good Old Typing!!

          • Susan Dean says:

            Fern, I love you, too, but how does capitalizing every word cover your butt? Seems to me it just makes you use the Shift key an awful lot, which must slow you down. 🙂

          • CrankyToo says:

            Well you must have automatic fingers because doing that would drive me right around the twist. Plus, what Susan said. But I guess it’s whatever yanks your crank. More power to you, Darlin’.

          • Fern Woodfork says:

            Just Think About It !! No It Don’t Slow Me Don’t Not At All!! LOL It Has Been Working For Me For Years Now!! I Had A Couple Of Friends Get Fired For Things They Wrote And When The Post Was Shown To The Bosses They Knew It Was Them!! You Really Don’t Think I Write Like This In The Real World Do You???? I Write With Caps And Broken English For A Reason Just Covering My Butt!!!

          • Fern Woodfork says:

            By The Way I Love You Both!!! 🙂

      • charleo1 says:

        Fern, This is the way they behave every time there’s a Democrat
        in the White House. I think over the last 80 years, or so, the GOP
        has developed this inferiority complex. Look, at the end of the 1920s,
        when Hoover was President, Wall Street collapsed, and the Great
        Depression began. So, the people said, the heck with Republicans.
        FDR came in, and established all these great stabilizing programs.
        Like, unemployment insurance, the FDIC, protected people’s savings. Put some limitations on the Wall Street bunch, so we wouldn’t have this boom bust, boom, bust, going on all the time. Which hurt the average person a lot. But the high rollers, were making money the whole time. Well, just like today. They are
        always going to make out. So, why are Republicans always so
        worried about them? Then, there was all the great things FDR
        built. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority, that brought electricity
        to thousands. And at the same time, he put thousands of hungry
        Americans back to work. Defeated Fascism, and installed Social
        Security. The most effective, anti-poverty program ever invented.
        And what did Republicans do for the Country, while Roosevelt
        was doing all this? Same thing they are doing today. Fighting everything FDR was doing, with everything they had. They say, they’re more radical today. I say, they have just developed a bigger mouth. They’re still the same old bunch of yapping, lap dogs for the wealthy elite, they always have been. Just uglier.

        • Fern Woodfork says:

          I Totally Agree With You My Friend!! Just More Lies And Even Crazier!!

        • CrankyToo says:

          Well said, Chuck.

        • Allan Richardson says:

          That “boondoggle pork project” TVA, as the Republicans of that era probably caused it, saved our national rear end, although no one could have predicted it at the time. The Manhattan Project needed immense amounts of electrical power to enrich the uranium fuel. In fact it used TEN PERCENT of the nation’s ENTIRE POWER SUPPLY at its peak; and that ten percent was primarily the TVA, which is why Oak Ridge was built from the ground up to house the enrichment plants and the workers.

          If the TVA had not been built, the survivors of Hitler’s bombs would be speaking German.

          • charleo1 says:

            That is some fantastically interesting things you just related.
            How fortunate indeed, then, we didn’t have the T-Party, with
            their big fat rear ends, squatted squarely astride the U.S.
            Congress. Arms folded smugly across their chests. We just
            better hope a lot of Americans believe we’re a much better
            America, than the T-Party does. Or, we may not be able to
            meet the next great challenge, that comes along. Allen,
            I have to believe, at the end of the day, it’s really all about
            believing in this Country. If you do, then investments in it,
            are not just simply spending money we don’t have. It is
            seeds planted, because of the faith there will be a harvest.
            If you don’t, happen to believe in America, that’s all a person with no faith, will see. What the T-Party sees. Wasted money.
            Wasted seed, on a ground not worth the effort.

          • sigrid28 says:

            Me, too.

          • FredAppell says:

            Good job putting into the proper perspective.

          • plc97477 says:

            I really wonder if the brain of the repugs is missing the part that understands consequences because they don’t seem to understand what happens when you screw up the country.

          • charleo1 says:

            I’ve ask them, what is it about the worst economic crisis,
            since the Great Depression, that says to them, this is a real great time, to cut free school lunches, meals on wheels, unemployment benefits, head start, pell grants, and the taxes
            for the richest 1% of us?

      • BDC_57 says:

        if it wasn’t for the boogie repugs we would have these scandles

    • FredAppell says:

      It would be a tremendous help to them if you could send them a Dick Tracy secret decoder ring as well. There’s nothing like a good decoder ring to get to the truth.

    • plc97477 says:

      I will add a handful of old magazines for those that can read.

  2. Yes, the IRS should be singling out groups with names like “Teaparty” because the name just screams “tax cheat” and “political group”. The TeaParty is a tax protester group deserves extra investigation. Since the group is political, it does not qualify for tax exemption under IRC 501. Also, how did the groups Americans for Prosperity (Koch Bros) and American Crossroads (Karl Rove) get a 501 tax exempt status? Did their lawyers badger IRS agents into giving the tax exempt status? IRS needs to do their job and revoke the tax exempt status of these political organizations. I am tired of their TV election commercials.

    • Lynda Groom says:

      This so-called IRS scandal just might backfire on the GOP. The public is beginning to learn that these tax free groups have been getting away with murder in the tax code. It is a travesty that hundreds of these are in no way for the public welfare. The prudent outcome would be to call back all such tax breaks and start the process all over again. Americans for Prosperity, American Crossroads and alike are fraudulent and should lose their exemption. The same for the bagger and liberal groups using loopholes in the application of the law to get a free ride at our expense to push agenda driven politics and candidates.

      • I agree. This problem started in 2010 when the conservative part of the US Supreme Court passed the Citizen Utilities case (owned by the Koch Bros) making corporations people with rights of free speech, enabling the corporations to put all the money they want into our elections. It was also passed that there would be no disclosure of the donors. The Dems tried to pass a law to disclose the donors, but the Republican Congress blocked it. The only way to overcome this Supreme Court ruling is an amendment to the constitution, but I don’t see it happening with the Dems being tied up with scandals. Therefore, as it stands now, just get ready for lots of election commercials to come. The Koch Bros’ organization. Americans for Prosperity, sent many people into WI from other states to canvass for Scott Walker and other Republicans, all done with tax free money.

        • plc97477 says:

          The only power we as “the people” have is to make sure the most money does not make a difference in the elections.

      • plc97477 says:

        You are right. They should have kept their mouths shut. When the people find out how much they are getting away it has angered a lot of people.

  3. Lynda Groom says:

    Well we all know just how much influence the wants and needs of the American people are to the political clowns in DC. If the public was 90% against scandal nonsense it would still not matter. Just last month the opinion of 90% of the population meant nothing in a Senate vote. Follow the money folks for it always leads to the truth.

  4. 72Pallas says:

    Funny thing about the IRS ‘scandal’ is that either 11 or 12 Democratic
    or Democratic leaning groups were also under investigation. Some how the
    so-called liberal media missed that one in all of the BS going on
    about this. And where were all of the these outraged freedom loving
    folks when the previous administration was using every tactic in the
    book to go after anyone who dared question Bush or Chaney on just about
    anything? What a bunch of flat hypocrites……

    • Independent1 says:

      And actually, of the groups that were applying for tax-exempt status that the office in question was screening, it was only a Democratic-leaning group whose application was denied. Here’s some excerpts from a Washington Post aritcle with references from Bloomberg:

      Some new reporting from Bloomberg suggests that at least three Democratic-leaning groups faced similar inquiries from the IRS:

      The Internal Revenue Service, under pressure after admitting it targeted anti-tax Tea Party groups for scrutiny in recent years, also had its eye on at least three Democratic-leaning organizations seeking nonprofit status. One of those groups, Emerge America, saw its tax-exempt status denied, forcing it to disclose its donors and pay some taxes. None of the Republican groups have said their applications were rejected.

    • FredAppell says:

      The real truth is that the media is in a deep decline and the scandals are keeping them relevant plus the media is also owned by people who are part of that 2% that we keep hearing about. I’ve turned my back on most of the media.
      By the way, you’re not the only one who remembers that. Do you remember Freedom Fries? The French had the courage to say “America, you’re f*cking
      crazy” and we ridiculed them for it. Proof positive that there are too many troglodytes in America.

      • RobertCHastings says:

        Considering who actually owns the media, it is amazing to me how for years the conservatives have convinced America that there is a “liberal media bias”. As you so aptly put it, Fred, it is the top 2% that own the media and who basically tell the media what will be aired. ABC is a subsidiary of Disney, an ENTERTAINMENT conglomerate. Fox is a subsidiary of NewsCorp, owned by conservative Rupert Murdoch who is under investigation in GB for wiretapping and intimidation.
        A free press is one of our most deeply cherished rights, and the freedom of the press MUST be protected. However, when it gets to the point where agents of media are doing illegal things like leaking classified material, like the identity of Valerie Plame (remember her?), a line has been crossed.

        • FredAppell says:

          Robert, thanks for understanding my main point. The difference between some us and conservatives is that we learned to question our own so called “Liberal Media”. If a conservative ever heard a genuinely liberal biased program, they would be climbing the walls in fits of rage. Media is nowhere near what conservatives consider to be left wing. But, it is all a matter of perception I guess. Your point is well received as well, the media
          have morphed into International Corporations with their own self
          serving interests. I do hope they take down that nasty troll Rupert Murdoch. He looks like evil incarnate, that guys just creeps me out.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            What the conservatives fail to realize, or simply just don’t wish to consider, is that Fox news has its own bias, and it is not liberal. Many media organs, print or audio or multi-media, are simply not governed by any standards, except perhaps censorship for foul language or images. All too much has been made recently about the Liberal “attempts to take away to take away our guns and repeal the Second Amendment.” The ricin-laced letters sent to Obama and Bloomberg contained a chilling note repeating the mantra of paranoids, that the government will have to pry the gun from their cold, deaf hand. Such irrationality fails to take into account the source of the suggestions of confiscation and repeal, the NRA itself. This is no more than a cynical ploy to boost gun sales, period! Around both recent presidential elections the media was flooded with claims by the NRA and its supporters about the black president who is going to take your guns and repeal the Second Amendment and, just coincidentally, a significant spike in gun sales around the country. In fact, associates of Wayne LaPierre’s have claimed in publications that the best thing that has happened in years for the gun industry has been the presidency of a black man.

          • FredAppell says:

            Fox news is a misnomer. It’s the same as saying that I learned my military history from reading G.I. Joe comic books. We all know it’s biased but it isn’t anything more than an opinion program. The real media could have done a lot more to defuse
            the animosity that was building around the gun debate, they dropped the ball and fed into the hysteria and made some coin from it. They are nothing more than professional antagonists. You brought up a perfect example with the ricin-laced letters,
            it should have been front page news plastered on every newspaper from east coast to west coast. The press should be embarrassing and shaming these paranoid people but instead
            it gives them the kind of attention they actually seek. Wayne LaPierre used the same shameless tactics. Let’s face facts Robert, sensationalism sells and profit is king.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            F-O-X = Fabricate-Obfuscate-exaggerate. Another trick Fox has used is capitalizing on the male penchant for watching sports. Fox Sports is immediately followed in our part of the country by – take a wild guess. And when you bring to the attention of people like Lana Ward and ObozoMustGo that they are watching propaganda, they get all bent out of shape. When I attended HS many years ago we received, among other things, some instruction in critical thinking, being able to distinguish reasonable truth from propaganda. I am sure that such training is missing from today’s curricula, especially in the more conservative parts of the country.

          • FredAppell says:

            I love how you specifically mentioned Lana and Obozo. Lana has the skills of a small child, I have no difficulty dispatching her, Obozo on the other hand seems to be a know-it-all who doesn’t know when to quit. Typical of the Fox paradigm and it’s echo chamber. By the way, I never learned critical thinking in school. everything of value that I learned was done on my own by observing.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            I remember specifically a psychology class (optional) I took in HS, and part of it was devoted to developing critical thinking skills. It is all pretty much common sense, and those who want to make sense out of their world should be able to (as you have) develop those skills on their own. However, some, like those we mentioned, have not made it past what SOUNDS good to actually determine what IS good. Effective propaganda sounds good, otherwise Hitler, McCarthy, etc. would not have done as well as they did. The crux is whether it actually IS good.

          • FredAppell says:

            Propaganda works so well because it focuses on fear. People are looking for validation and a clever propagandist fills that need. I truly believe (I may be wrong) that people who listen to Fox, Rush and the like are terrified. They have had this aura of doom and gloom impressed upon them, if someone was telling me that i’m right all the time than I would be more inclined to listen to what they have to say. I don’t want that, when i’m right, the validation is nice but when i’m wrong I should be called out on it. I’m not too proud to say I’m wrong or I don’t understand.
            It’s so simple, I’m surprised so many don’t get it, it really is as you said, common sense.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            It seems that over the past 15 to 20 years the Republican stock-in-trade has been fear. We were convinced that the invasion of Iraq would protect us from an imminent invasion. We were convinced that electing a black man to the presidency would lead to all sorts of stereotypical changes. We were convinced (by the NRA) that electing a black man to the presidency would lead to the confiscation of all guns. We have been convinced that Obama’s changing the Welfare laws would result in millions on the dole (although what he did was the result of requests by Republican governors).We are still convinced, from various sources, of the typical welfare junkie stereotype, the laziness of the “47%”, the inappropriateness of allowing a path to citizenship and the necessity for closing our borders (even though we are well aware of the clear fact that cross-border incursions are heading in the OTHER direction now). All of these play upon our stereotypical fears of blacks and other minorities, while totally contradicting the facts in each issue.

          • plc97477 says:

            I think it goes back farther than that. It used to be the communists.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            The communists were the bogeymen of the 50’s, when Senator McCarthy from Wisconsin conducted his witch hunts. But his tactics and aims were discredited, much to the credit of many Republicans who detested him. Yes, this was a campaign of fear, but not like we have seen over the past twenty years.

          • plc97477 says:

            Common sense is not that common anymore.

          • FredAppell says:

            That’s because the more technological we become, the more we depend on a device to do our thinking for us. That’s my theory.

          • plc97477 says:

            Have you ever wondered if lana and bozo might be bachmann and beck?

          • FredAppell says:

            I have wondered many times who all of you are. That isn’t meant negatively, more curiosity then anything else. I’m very careful about how and what I say on here. Anyone of us could be a monitor or someone who is on the verge of violence or whatever.
            When you think about it, this really is a dangerous game we play.

          • plc97477 says:

            Our education systems are hurting and if the repugs have their way it will get worse before it gets better.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            If they are able to follow through on their plans for vouchers, what we know today as “free” public education will be a thing of the past. Public education will be available to those millions who cannot afford, even with vouchers, the kind of education they want to reserve only to the wealthy, essentially paid for by the rest of us. Twenty years ago, my stepson was sent to an exclusive private school in Massachusetts (which his mother and I could never have afforded). The costs back then were what it costs today to go to a good private university. Even with a voucher of $5,000 a year, we could not have sent him, and that is what faces us if a nationwide voucher system is enacted. Private charter schools that only the wealthy can afford, supported with taxpayer money. I would much rather see that kind of money going into the improvement of public schools, while Republicans would rather see public money going toward providing their children with a first-rate education. The problem with that is that the large majority of Republican are just like me, and could not, even with a voucher, afford to send their kids to schools like that.

          • plc97477 says:

            That is a bit scary. I hope the secret service is on their toes. There is evidence that although more guns were purchased, less homes have guns in them. So someone is buying a lot of guns.

          • plc97477 says:

            He looks to me as though he is well on his way to full blown dementia.

          • FredAppell says:

            Two of your reply’s to me have me confused. ” He looks to me as though he is well on his way to full blown dementia”, who are you referring to and your other reply ” I certainly did not ridicule them
            for it. I said they are right. We as a country have lost it.” What are those comments referencing? I apologize for my confusion.

        • plc97477 says:

          Then regulations keeping out media above board were scrapped leaving us with no way to ensure they are “fair and balanced”.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            Our government has no laws that generally regulate the media, although there is some oversight in the area of censorship of obscene material. Our first attempt at muzzling the media was John Adams’ “Alien and Sedition” Act, which allowed the government to incarcerate journalists who printed ANYTHING against the government. This did not last long, and John Adams was a one-term president. However, such acts have, especially during wartime, appeared, even during the George W presidency. Whether we agree with what the media publishes, it is our Constitutional right to have a free press, and to disagree with our government.

            Respectable journalists have their own, stringent, code that keeps them honest, although even that code is ignored, sometimes, which makes it even more imperative that we protect our right to a free press, without interference from the government. Were the government to control the press, it is only reasonable to believe that the press would become little more than the propaganda arm of the government, as occurred in Germany in WWII, and occurs today in those countries who are largely our enemies, such as Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Russia, North Korea, China, etc. Freedom of the Press is one of the 26 basic liberties presented to the UN by Eleanor Roosevelt as being among those liberties that are essential to all free people.

      • plc97477 says:

        I certainly did not ridicule them for it. I said they are right. We as a country has lost it.

    • ralphkr says:

      Not only that, 72Pallas, but the ONLY group denied status was a liberal group whose mission was to help more woman run for office. I suppose that was denied because women must be kept barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen per Republican ethos.

    • docb says:

      The US media is corporately owned…that is why they are not reporting the whole scope of the IRS investigation! 300+ ‘targeted’ less than a 1/3 are conservative! But they are screaming about being caught doing what the law says they should not under tax exemption.

  5. ralphkr says:

    The real scandal is that Congress is completely ignoring the fact that the IRS granted EVERY conservative group exempt status even though they were spending many millions on campaigning and only a few thousand on promoting welfare (their stated purpose) and that the only group denied was a liberal leaning group with the stated purpose of educating more woman as to how to run for office. I am not surprised that they targeted the “TEA” & “Patriot” groups since they are the ones most likely to be for abolishing the IRS (if I worked for the IRS I would certainly target whose aim was to destroy my job) nor am I surprised that all the conservative groups passed since most Federal employees tend to be conservative (at least, all the ones I know) and, just like the military, vote against their own best interests.

  6. Germansmith says:

    Of course jobs and the economy should a priority
    Getting our budget under control is a priority
    Should we ignore everything else or only the things that make our president look not so shinning?
    Is there a reason why we can work on the economy and jobs and at the same time find out what really happened at the IRS, Benghazi and the investigations of the AP press people?
    Also, If I was President Obama, I would like to find out which and why those boneheads made those decisions in those instances….After all, he is not Bush and he did promised a government open to scrutiny with full accountability.

  7. Robert P. Robertson says:

    Repubicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bags are in so deep in their “make Obama fail” agenda, they are unable to turn away from it to do the people’s business. They are hopelessly lost in it and is unable to find their way out of it. The only way to get the economy moving again is to get them out. The American people should vote overwhelmingly to cut the milestone of obstructionism from around their necks in 2014 and finalize it in 2016. There is no other way around it.

  8. Allan Richardson says:

    For the IRS to check more carefully the applications of groups named Tea Party is the same as for the police, looking for the secret headquarters of the Mafia, to look more carefully at buildings with signs that read “MAFIA HEADQUARTERS.” In other words, it is just common sense!

  9. DurdyDawg says:

    Let’s just hope that they listen to the voters and not play “Stooge of the Night” like they did with the gun regulations where from 85 to 93% of their constituents voted for background checks but the stooges voted against it because their party said to.

    • Fern Woodfork says:

      I Would Love To Line Them Up And Three Stooges Slap The Hell Out Of These Three THUGS!!! 🙁 All Three Need To Be Voted Out Of Offices!! 🙁 ASAP!!

  10. Investigate the Tea party and its bogus status that is where the true crime hides.

  11. OKsettledown says:

    Everyone has heard of the IRS “scandal,” but the media has failed to discuss the why. The designation 501 c 3 is for organizations that provide training, education and comparable exemptions; they are not allowed to participate in any political activities. 501 c4 organizations’ exemptions are exempt to provide services “for the common good” and are limited to using only up 20% of their funds for political purposes. 501 c 3 and 4 organizations do not have to list their donors. The tea party organizations under scrutiny were applying for one of these two designations and had the words tea party in their names. 501 c 7 organizations are political organizations and can use all their money to fund political activities, but they have to disclose their donors. None of the tea party groups were applying for this designation. Why do you suppose the news media is not discussing this distinction?

  12. Lynda Groom says:

    The last sentence of this piece would be amusing if not so spot on. It is far too late for the GOP to be worried about appearing to ignore economic concerns. They’ve been doing that since January of 2009. Pumping faux outrage and scandal mongering is all they’ve got to offer. They clearly have no economic plan except cut programs for the less fortunate and tax cuts for the moneyed special interest.

  13. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The entire intent of the GOP was to destroy this administration bit by bit. They forgot one thing…they destroyed themselves and their party with it. Few Americans today have any faith in the GOP bull males whose addiction to power freaking is such that they have lost touch with reality.

  14. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh says:

    I have said this before and will say it again. Since when have the Republicans ever been concerned with actually carrying out the will of the majority of Americans?

  15. Mark Forsyth says:

    The real scandal is the lack of diligent work by certain members of congress to aid in the reconstruction of our American Economy.Focus on stonewalling and roadblocking positive measures with an aim towards derailing the policies or unseating the President,is not constructive.Those in congress who are there merely to line the corporate pocket or their own must be gotten rid of.

  16. daves says:

    If we let a democrat administration get away with targeting conservative groups then we can expect the exact same treatment from republican administrations. We should always hold our own to a higher standard.

    • DurdyDawg says:

      Are you referring to the IRS daves? Where you been? They’ve been doing such things to honest citizens since dirt, now you accuse them of selective targeting at this late date because the Tpeers finally found out what it feels like and to camouflage their underhanded free loading tax breaking, they yell foul.. Nobody is picking on them any more than they picked on hundreds of thousands of real citizens over the decades. If these back forty blow hards don’t like the laws they’ve passed over the years then they should change them for EVERYONE, not just their wide asses..

  17. RobertCHastings says:

    The current issue of Consumer Reports has an excellent article about the ACA, and how it is working to reduce medical and healthcare expenses.

  18. Canistercook says:

    Sure scares the heck out of me when government workers have the power and use it to punish those they disagree with. What happened to Freedom and Freedom of Speech? The fact that so many defend this atrosity is even more scary.

  19. bhaggen says:

    Funny, that’s about the same ratio that told Congress to focus on economy over Obamacare! Some of these “scandals” will affect all of us; Democrats & Republicans alike; in the long run. If this shit was going on under Bush’s watch I’d be seriously concerned…..and so would the rest of you.

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