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Washington Circus Steals The Spotlight From Where It Belongs

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Washington Circus Steals The Spotlight From Where It Belongs


Can President Barack Obama put out the brush fires that are sucking the air out of his second-term agenda? Can he stop the spread of mini-scandals that are consuming Washington?

No, he cannot. The president could (unconstitutionally) shutter every Internal Revenue Service office and fire every staffer, from top-ranking executives to lowly administrative aides, and it would hardly matter. Republicans would simply change the terms of the debate and impeach him for destroying the 16th Amendment.

Official Washington is now all spectacle, all circus, all manufactured outrage abetted by a press corps addicted to controversy. Actual policies are slighted while political posturing takes the stage; simmering problems are ignored while canned contretemps and stale theater consume all the attention. That has been true for years now, but it just keeps getting worse.

There are serious failings at the heart of each of the sideshows currently consuming officialdom. The most egregious concerns the IRS, where bureaucrats singled out conservative groups for a vetting that veered into political harassment. That not only violates deep-rooted ideals of fairness and justice, but it also contravenes federal law. It raises the specter of the sort of political harassment carried out by Richard Nixon, who wielded the IRS as a bludgeon against his political adversaries, and by J. Edgar Hoover, who ordered tax audits of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

While IRS-gate reflects poorly on Obama’s leadership, there is not a scintilla of evidence that he had anything to do with it. Further, the president has responded with aplomb: He has forced the resignation of the acting head of the agency as the FBI launches a criminal investigation. (That’s about all the administration can do since federal rules insulate IRS bureaucrats from elected officials, all in an effort to prevent scandals such as those mentioned above.)

If Republicans doubt the president’s ability to impartially oversee an investigation of his own administration, they might appoint a special prosecutor. Instead, they have promised more hearings on Capitol Hill — more partisan spectacle, more canned outrage, more useless theater.

Though the national press corps sticks to its unwritten rule of blaming Democrats and Republicans equally for the mess our national politics have become, the facts show that responsibility cannot be equally apportioned. Democrats don’t eschew partisan mudslinging, but they are not very good at it. The GOP, by contrast, has raised it to an art form.

Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. cats33 May 18, 2013

    Sambo is behind this, watch and see. He even said he was going to take revenge on his enemies. He told supporters to take revenge at the polls. What kind of a P-resident would use that kind of language. Certainly not a man. All involved should go to prison as it interfered with an election and cost countless citizens thousands of dollars to defend themselves against the terrorist IRS. Dems have been scared of the Tea Party since they were walloped in 2010. The IRS was their way of getting rid of Tea Party, and it worked, Sambo won–but will be in trouble for what he did. Shameless

    1. WhutHeSaid May 18, 2013

      The Tea Party is finished. What started out as a gaggle of lying bigots misrepresenting themselves as patriots and concerned citizens has become just another story in a long line of stories about intolerant bigots, cheats, and liars who hate everything and everybody. America despises the Tea Bigots, and soon they will invent another name to hide their despicable agenda behind out of necessity.

      You see, it’s nothing new. Bigots and racists have been around as long as America has, but they were never actually a part of the American dream. What they represented then — and what they represent now — is exactly the kind of thing that Americans DON’T want to be: Intolerant, hateful, lying, cheating, greedy throwbacks to a time beyond which most people have evolved beyond. As people evolve these sordid bigots are more and more out of place, and they have to invent lies and fanciful cover stories to hide behind in an attempt to escape the natural revulsion that most people have for hate-mongers and cheats.

      Democrats aren’t afraid of Tea Bigots. Nobody is afraid of Tea Bigots, rather, they avoid them rather like they try to avoid stepping in dog shit when walking down the street. It’s a similar revulsion — yet much stronger in the case of the Tea Bigot because dog shit is natural and unbiased, whereas Tea Bigots are unnatural and actively hateful against what America stands for above all: equality.

      The Tea Party cares nothing about America. They care about cheating their way out of paying taxes, forcing their questionable morals upon others, and above all hating on those who are a different race or nationality. They hate Obama because he is black, and their endless lies to the contrary will never convince anyone otherwise. This is why they will need to once again find another name and another phony cause to hide behind. They are the hemorrhoids of America — unwanted and constantly troublesome — and like hemorrhoids they will never have anything useful to offer.

      1. Ann Crownover May 18, 2013

        And unfortunately, they cannot be surgically removed.

        1. Fern Woodfork May 19, 2013

          Then They Both Can Go The Way Of The Dodos And The Whigs And Good Ridden!!!

          1. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            Amen to that, Fern — and the sooner the better.

    2. Madelaine Ayers Henne May 18, 2013

      First of all, in your dreams, did he say take revenge! Secondly, what is it like to live in a world filled with the boogie man around every corner? Must be awful! If the Tea party is brought down, it’s their own doing!

      1. idamag May 18, 2013

        cats33 is our resident nut. Just ignore her.

    3. Allan Richardson May 18, 2013

      Calling the President of the United States, elected by the people twice, SAMBO? I must ask, therefore, AYAK?

      1. Dominick Vila May 19, 2013

        No, she is just an ignorant racist who enjoys antagonizing people. Just consider the source.

    4. Joseph Hemphill May 18, 2013

      racist idiot

    5. oldtack May 18, 2013

      Hey Lana
      Remember what I told you a long time ago. You and friends are going to be number one in line. They know where you live. They access this and every other post for misguided zealots (the sicarii of the modern world). When the takeover begins in earnest you had better give your soul to the great I AM because your earthly body will belong to BIG BROTHER. First to go. First to go. You already have a target on your back.
      Will miss you – in a strange kind of way.

    6. charleo1 May 18, 2013

      You do know that Americans will never accept, let alone support
      the sort of people that would agree with any part of your comment?
      Because the first thing it reveals about you, is your profound lack of
      respect for the Country, it’s institutions, and it’s democratic processes.
      It also makes clear, you either don’t know, or don’t care, about the
      price, that those generations coming before you have paid, no matter
      how high the cost. So you, and your children may live in a democracy,
      that the vast majority of the world’s, 7 billion people today, can only
      dream of. Yes, you may stand on their shoulders, and say what you
      will. But you should know, that freedom, along with all the other
      Rights you enjoy, came with a price tag. And you need to respect
      that, by honoring the office of President, even when you don’t like
      the person.

    7. rustacus21 May 18, 2013

      … no, U mean Dumbo of the previous administration, whose erratic incompetence spent the nation trillions in debt, all b/c of a competition w/his dad & a debt owed to the money changers that got him/them in the W.H. T-baggers are a manufactured non-entity & will fade away soon enuff, so no need wasting time or effort trying to figure out who, what or even WHY they are…

    8. Joan Maurer May 20, 2013

      Sambo is a little boy in a fairy story. In your current fairy story Tea Party 501C organizations could have affected the election by spending billions more in dark money. Nobody was denied 501C status and one would hope that a “public welfare organization” would be able to get filing advice free or at reduced rates from reputable lawyers, I know that all the charities I am involved with do.

      It is very telling that you will not use your own name. If your a guest who invited you?

  2. docb May 18, 2013

    The scandal I see as important is the fact that repubs in the Congress can spend more than $50 MILLION tax payer dollars to take sham votes to repeal the law of the land as adjudicated by a conservative activist Supreme Court, in PPACA but CUT $30 million in aid to children and the elderly and veterans! Additionally, repubs take away benefits of SNAP but continue the SUBSIDIES to Monsanto, Cargill, and ADM..who are poisoning the World!

    Many outrages thst the Corporate owned media? are ignoring!

    1. Fern Woodfork May 19, 2013

      Did You See Mitch Get His Butt Handed To Him This Morning??? Same Thing Mitch Wanted Invested In1986 On Liberal Groups Is What He’s Crying Foul Today!! LOL These People Really Think We All Are Stupid Like The Fools They Have Been Brainwashing For Years Now!!!

      1. docb May 20, 2013

        I did not but glad to hear it. And yes, they do think people are as stupid as their dwindling base. Thanks, fern.

  3. JDavidS May 18, 2013

    Fake outrage… Washingtons’ stock and trade. And sadly, practised by both sides of the aisle, although the RepubliCONS and their minions…Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter et al, have taken it to an art form.

  4. Allan Richardson May 18, 2013

    First of all, anyone who says “I do not oppose Obama because of his race” and then refers to him as “Sambo” (the main character in a very old children’s book, “Little Black Sambo”, which, to show the author’s ignorance, took place in Africa but involved a tiger), is showing his or her bigotry, and may as well sign the post “AKIA” (the old secret signal of the Klan).

    Second, every politician, speaking to loyal supporters, urges them to vote the other party out of office. The president was saying to supporters who had been INJURED by Republicans that they could get “revenge” at the ballot box. The President’s policies can, at most, stop the GOP agenda with the help of supporters calling and writing to lawmakers; the rest is up to voters in the next election. Compare this with Boner’s statement that their NUMBER ONE goal, starting on ELECTION NIGHT 2008, was to “make Obama a one term President” (a goal that Americans were too smart to allow, by a larger margin in both popular vote and the Electoral College than the first time). Compare it to the right wing wacko politician who said that if Democrats could not be defeated at the ballot box, conservatives would consider a “Second Amendment” solution. Presumably like Booth’s or Oswald’s “Second Amendment” solution?

    The fact is that post-Citizens-United organizers of super PAC’s almost DARED the IRS to audit them. It was a well known open secret in Washington and among voters who followed politics that the “non partisan” groups were actually channels for dark money. A few liberal groups did the same, but not on anywhere the same scale, and the liberal groups (such as OFA) did not, and do not, funnel money; they organize public volunteer actions and phone calls to support AGENDA items without campaigning for or against candidates. In fact, it almost seems to have been a conscious “heads I win, tails you lose” strategy in that EITHER the super PAC’s would get away with it, OR they would get caught and could scream “martyrdom” and get the President in trouble that way. They actually got both: they were not exposed until after the 2012 election, AND they are now pretending to be “victims” of Obama’s IRS.

    Actually, if the IRS can be faulted for anything, it is that they interpret the law requiring 501(c)4 organizations to do ABSOLUTELY NO political action, since 1959, as requiring PRIMARILY non-political action. This may have been in recognition that even an organization such as the American Cancer Society, whose primary goal is to cure cancer, might have to take a stand on a political issue, such as attempts to defund or prohibit some kind of cancer research. BUT, with an ambiguous law, and an explosion of applications (mostly on one side of the political spectrum) with the INTENT to break the spirit of the law, the IRS, which must vet EVERY application, had a backlog which required a “short cut” to clean up.

    So the same politicians and radio wackos who IGNORED years of IRS audits of organizations such as black churches are now saying “political partiality.” Well, the GOP Congresspeople have no intention of doing anything PRODUCTIVE, so this is one way to pass the time until they go home for New Year’s Eve 2014.

  5. charleo1 May 18, 2013

    If one puts on a white coat, hangs a stethoscope around their neck, and
    hangs out at the local hospital. Sooner or later, somebody is going to ask
    you to do something doctor-ish. By the same token. If one runs for office,
    promising, jobs, and prosperity, and adherence to the Constitution. Sooner
    or later, the people that voted for you, is going to expect you to govern.
    And that, as it turns out, is a big problem right now, for the GOP. Truth be
    told, if the entire Democratic Party, including President Obama, suddenly
    packed their bags, and left town. What would remain is a Party so paralyzed
    by inner Party bickering, and wide differences on priorities, and policy. It is
    unable to come to a consensus with itself. Much less, govern, or lead the

    Country. Why is it really, that John Boehner called for yet another House
    vote, just this week, to repeal the ACA, for the 38th time, since Republicans
    gained control of the House? I guess, because the People are paying their
    salaries, and they need to look like they are governing something, for C-Span.

  6. Dominick Vila May 18, 2013

    I suspect that for many Republicans their attacks on President Obama has more to do with our President’s successes, objectivity and calm demeanor when faced with overt expressions of hatred and intolerance, than ethnic prejudice. Needless to say, that belief does not apply to all Republicans, particularly to most members of the Tea Party.
    The reason for the constant attacks against President Obama’s persona, and his performance as president has more to do with the obvious contrast he has established between his many achievements and the dismal and embarrassing record of his predecessor.
    W presided over one of the worst periods of flawed foreign policy and the proliferation of terrorism. President George W. Bush was in office when 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in history, took place, when a dozen U.S. embassies and consulates were attacked, and when some of our closest allies were punished for the support they gave us after 9/11. The invasion of Iraq, the deceit used to legitimaze that horrible decision, the continuous threats of retaliation (you are with us, or you are against us), the use of torture, “renditions”, the ridiculous labels used to legitimize abuse, such as the “term enemy combatants”, and targeting those who did not embrace his policies (Valerie Plame, the Dixie Chicks), marked one of the darkest periods in U.S. history, certainly since the McCarthy era.
    Obtuse domestic policies focused on out of control spending, deregulation, hiding the cost of two wars to project an illusion of fiscal responsibility where none existed, eventually gave way to what W himself referred to as the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy. Millions of American families endured one of the worst periods of economic and social calamity as a result of his policies.
    It is no wonder, that after such dismal record the GOP is now focused on distorting the record of the man whose intelligence, honesty, and focus helped us overcome the effects of those tragic days. Today, the U.S. is once again respected worldwide, and our President is receiving the highest honors bestowed to a foreign dignatary instead of being the target of show throwers and not being able to travel abroad for fear of being arrested on charges of crimes against humanity. The DOW went from 6,500 point in January 2009 to over 15,000. Jobs are plentiful and unemployment is dropping rapidly. Foreclosures and bankruptcies are back to normal levels, New construction is evident in most U.S. cities. House prices are rebounding. Most importantly, there is hope for a better future after several years of misery and depression.
    This is the contrast the GOP is desperately trying to hide. This is what the Tea Party wants us to forget, and this is what is behind the ridiculous accusations that are being directed against our President and the presumptive nominee in 2016.

    1. charleo1 May 18, 2013

      Well stated. Super post, Dominick!

  7. montanabill May 18, 2013

    Four people killed in Benghazi because of a political agenda. IRS misusing its power. DOJ misusing their power. A border agent killed along with dozens of Mexican citizens because of botched gun running deal that nobody was responsible for. One of the authors of ACA calls it a train wreck. Nothing here but mini-scandals. Besides, the people running those affected agencies know nothing and were not in the loop. Let’s move on.

    1. WhutHeSaid May 18, 2013

      The people killed in Benghazi were no more victims of a ‘political agenda’ than the 3,000 killed in the 9/11 attacks. Are you now making it a habit to post comments that will make you look foolish? Border agent Terry was killed when the people he was shooting at unsurprisingly decided to shoot back. There was absolutely no evidence that any ‘gun-walking’ operation had anything to do with his death.

      You are dangerously close to transforming yourself from a greedy Scrooge into a greedy nut-bag Tea Bigot. Nobody takes what they say seriously either.

      1. montanabill May 19, 2013

        Get a job and get out of the world of silly.

        1. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

          So let me see if I have this straight: A person is in the ‘land of silly’ if they rely on verifiable facts rather than wild (and bigoted, mind you) conspiracy theories. Also, one must complain bitterly on a daily basis about how inconvenient hungry children are in order to really have ‘a job’. Am I following your point?

          1. montanabill May 19, 2013

            No. You are still looking for a ‘verifiable fact’.

          2. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            I see. So that must mean that you are the one relying on verifiable facts — or at least that’s your claim. OK, let’s see if you are correct. If you aren’t too busy snorting up tax dollars from the ‘blue’ states as most of Montana is (a verifiable fact), please lend me your wisdom on the following questions:

            1. What proof or fact-based theory allows you to claim that the attack on the Benghazi Embassy was the result of a ‘political agenda’?

            2. What proof or fact-based theory allows you to claim that border agent Terry was killed as a result of Operation ‘Fast and Furious’ or any other gun-walking operation?

          3. montanabill May 19, 2013

            Never claimed the attack was political. I claim that denying and reducing security was political. Reason: The administration will not provide the identity of the person responsible and fed us a bogus story about ‘funding’.
            Two guns from operation Fast & Furious were found at the scene.

          4. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            I’m sorry — didn’t you realize that I could quote your previous posts? Here is exactly what you posted about Benghazi:

            “Four people killed in Benghazi because of a political agenda.”

            That leaves no room for interpretation — you clearly stated that the 4 deaths were BECAUSE of a political agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth.

            There is absolutely no evidence that border agent Terry was killed with a gun in any way related to Operation Fast and Furious. If you believe otherwise, post your proof here along with appropriate links to verify said proof. It simply doesn’t exist. Further, agent Terry was involved in a routine interdiction unrelated to any such operation when he was killed. Claiming that a gun merely present at the scene constitutes proof of the Obama administration’s complicity in the death is like claiming that a Chevy Silverado found at the scene is proof that the Obama auto bailout is responsible for agent Terry’s death. Pure rubbish.

            Try posting your very own opinions and refrain from slurping up Tea Party bile and regurgitating it in this forum — you’ll get better results.

          5. montanabill May 19, 2013

            Please! There is simply too much evidence that the whole Benghazi episode was shaped by politics. If it wasn’t, the administration wouldn’t be doing so much stone walling. The basic questions I have asked about Benghazi have simple answers. Let those people be identified and testify under oath. If the administration is pure as the driven snow, then it will make the Republicans look like they were truly running a sideshow. On the other hand, there is probably a very good reason why the administration wants to ‘move on’.
            A Dec. 15, 2010, ATF email says: “The two firearms
            recovered by ATF this afternoon near Rio Rico, Arizona, in conjunction
            with the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Terry were
            identified as ‘Suspect Guns’ in the Fast and Furious investigation.” A digital collection of documents on the senator’s website includes a
            copy of a Justice Department email dated Dec. 17, 2010, to Gary Grindler,
            then the acting deputy attorney general. The email notes that a border
            agent was killed in Arizona earlier that week and says two weapons
            recovered from the scene had been linked to Jaime Avila Jr., “a straw
            firearms purchaser that ATF and USAO (U.S. attorney’s office) for
            Arizona have been investigating since November 2009 as part of its
            larger Fast and Furious operation.” Becca Watkins: “The ballistics report for the guns recovered at Agent Terry’s crime
            scene do not rule out the Operation Fast and Furious guns as the weapon
            in his death,” On the other hand, the report does not confirm none of the guns wasn’t used.

          6. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            You and the rest of the bitter bigots are once again overplaying your hand, which is the same thing as losing the argument. Obama cannot be blamed for a terrorist attack against a foreign embassy — that’s an unfortunate but common event against government agents of espionage the world over — not just the US. If you were truly worried about the CAUSE, you would be pointing the finger of blame at the Tea Bigots in the House who fought against funding for embassy security. Because you aren’t, this means that you are only worried about ‘getting the black man’ rather than identifying the root cause. Once your motive has been exposed, all of your arguments on the subject lose credibility.

            As I said before, the mere presence of firearms at the scene of a routine interdiction gone awry means nothing. In order to have any credibility you need to establish that a) there was some connection between the firearm(s) and Terry’s death, and b) Obama was somehow complicit in an ATF operation that predated his administration (Yes, that means Bush). You haven’t supplied credible evidence of either, and the same is true of the Tea Bigots in Congress. The absence of exculpatory proof (no proof the gun wasn’t used) does not equate to evidence of complicity — it just doesn’t work that way.

            As far as I can tell, the only gripe that the Tea Bigots have with any substance is the one involving the IRS. Unfortunately for you, this too requires credible evidence of administration complicity in order to achieve the effect that you desire (getting the black man), and Obama has acted swiftly and decisively to address the issue. Never mind that the IRS has long been a favorite tool for Republicans against their enemies — any legitimate gripe has been nullified by Obama’s action and the constant penchant for the Tea Bigots in Congress to cry wolf over everything and anything related to Obama.

            Like the never-ending attempts to make wild conspiracy theories stick to the Clinton Administration, misuse of the public’s trust with incessant attacks against Obama will inevitably result in the public giving Obama a pass when and if the Tea Bigots actually do find a legitimate gripe, much like Clinton got a pass on the Lewinsky scandal. I suspect from your latest posts that it won’t be long before you don a tri-cornered hat and start dancing around in dog shit with the rest of the bitter nut-bags.

          7. montanabill May 19, 2013

            As long as you refuse to consider the truth, just remember your attitude. It will give permission to the Republicans to do exactly the same when they get control again. I don’t want that from either party. And you will be in no position to complain.

            I refer you to:

            http://www dot newsmax dot com/Newsfront/Ben-Stein-Benghazi-Malfeasance/2013/05/18/id/505184?s=al&promo_code=138B4-1

          8. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            Republicans have never before asked my permission to commit all manner of malfeasance in public office, and I doubt that such will be the case in the future. What should concern you more is the fact that the despicable behavior of the current crop of Republicans will probably translate into Democratic wins in 2016 and perhaps beyond.

            For the record, I do care about the truth, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to partake in any of the Tea Bigot snake oil in the process of looking for it. If you want people to take your arguments seriously it helps to have serious arguments at least tenuously related to facts. What you’ve been trotting out recently is nothing but a Tea Bigot witches’ brew suitable for the likes of Michelle Bachman and her eternal robotic stare.

          9. montanabill May 19, 2013

            If searching for the truth is despicable behavior, I say bring it on. And if the best you can do is call names, especially when you exceptionally ignorant about the Tea Party, you are back in the land of silly again.

          10. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            I never claimed that searching for the truth was despicable behavior. I DO claim that pretending to search for the truth when what you really want is to just get the black man any way you can is despicable behavior.

            BTW, does being ignorant about a gaggle of ignorant people make me smart? Just wondering.

          11. montanabill May 20, 2013

            Nope, just ignorant and that ignorance provides you cover for not knowing anything about the people you are demeaning.

          12. WhutHeSaid May 20, 2013

            I’m sorry I took so long to reply, but your last post caused a torrent of big, salty tears to rain down on my keyboard — which I had to replace to continue.

            All jokes aside, I’ve known the Tea Bigots ALL MY LIFE. I know the selfishness, deceit, and just plain general ill will that they believe in inflicting on others whenever they can. They mightily deserve ill treatment in return, but because others aren’t as despicable they get off better than they really should. Try blowing your smoke up someone else’s ass — I’m not buying it.

          13. montanabill May 21, 2013

            How about joining us Tea Party bigots today in donating what you can to www dot redcross dot org/okc?

          14. Joan Maurer May 20, 2013

            Newsmax is in no way a reputable source, might as well source Glen Beck or the Druge Report.

          15. montanabill May 20, 2013

            Newsmax and Druge do pretty well. Would you consider National Memo to be a reputable source?

          16. neeceoooo May 19, 2013

            Thank you, you are my hero.

          17. docb May 19, 2013

            Whut, just a piece of info to add to your ‘civil’ discussion with a fact free claimant that pretends to represent Montana but is far from those I know in that beautiful State..


            Some excellent and thoughtful replies to the uninformed and inane and bigoted..Thanks for yours.

          18. WhutHeSaid May 19, 2013

            Many thanks for the link. Once doesn’t even have to go so far to refute the claims of those like ‘montanabill’, since their motivations are quickly uncovered without the need for much detail. But I appreciate the information just the same.

    2. rustacus21 May 18, 2013

      … & U sir, need to keep U’r events-consumption current! This has been gone over & over & OVER & we knew then what we KNOW NOW, that ‘SHRUNKEN GOVERNMENT & budget cutbacks (if not just the fact that their budgets weren’t modernized) that were responsible for the deaths of the consul staff! U know this. We know this. Austerity at its most insidious! B real & stop making excuses for childish conservatives in Congress…

      1. montanabill May 19, 2013

        You are right rustacus21, we do need more government. We need everyone to work for government. That solves all problems. No more joblessness. No more poverty. Nothing will ever go wrong because it will be government regulated and totally controlled. We would never, then, have to worry about some mean spirited group wanting austerity. Sounds like a plan to me.

        1. rustacus21 May 19, 2013

          Elimination of the ‘bad’ or the ‘ills’ of society is only ‘control’ to those who see ‘suffering’ as a ‘good’ thing imposed on society’s irredeemables. The beauty of the Liberal/Progressive ‘vision’, if U will, was spoken in that mighty & timeless Liberal/Progressive Constitution of ‘OUR’ that opens w/those now timeless words… “We, the people, in order to form a ‘more perfect’ union…” which implies the ‘imperfection’ for people like U who may lack the necessary ‘vision’ so see that government is necessary so SAVAGERY of the time instituted during the 2001-2009 executive period would not occur, as well as making the likelyhood of increased PERFECTION of the type we witnessed during the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, would address & even ELIMINATE societal ills, while enhancing a full compliment of AFFIRMATIVE societal goods, for the benefit of 100% of the citizenry. All at NO COST OR LOSS of any of our most PRECIOUS commodities: Freedom, Liberties, Justice, Equality of OPPORTUNITY, NOR the self-expressions we’ve regained, but were denied by (see http://wwwdothuffingtonpostdotcom/bob-cesca/10-examples-of-bush-and-t_b_3288007.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications ) conservatives of whom U obviously support. Read MORE & be ENLIGHTENED America… YOUR Democracy depends on it…

          1. montanabill May 19, 2013

            Holy fairy tales, Batman! Do have any idea to what ‘perfect union’ was in that reference? We already have (now less) opportunity. We have (now less) freedom. It appears your definition of liberty, freedom, justice, etc., will come at the expense of my liberty, freedom, justice.

          2. rustacus21 May 19, 2013

            Thanx to… who? Say it. U can do it. The truth is a fantastic liberator w/in itself. Admit it here, in public, what President Clinton did, who he helped & then, what the administration that immediately followed, what they did, the civic cultural benefits lost, the the vast majority of the citizenry savagely harmed as a result!!! C’mon, U can do it! Clinton left us billions more prosperous than the trillions in debt amassed by December, 2008! Say the words billy!!! If only to U’r self, say that Liberals do government BETTER than conservatives!!! That’s what U mean, when itemize the losses above & in a PTSD stupor, retreat into ‘fairy tales’ b/c the truth is anguishingly TOO PAINFUL to bear, knowing U voted conservative all those years! The flaws inherent to our Constitutional government are & have been correctable. But we Liberal/Progressives can’t keep making up the lost ground U conservatives are hell-bent on imposing on the system!!! What did U lose under Clinton? & be SPECIFIC!!!

    3. neeceoooo May 19, 2013

      The only people who care and even listen to the recent scandals are the republicans, so just keep talking, we are not listening.

    4. idamag May 19, 2013

      You know what, Bill? If you really cared diddle-dee about those four people, you would let the investigations continue to find out what went wrong before you and the tea party nuts continue to use the incident as political fodder.

      1. Fern Woodfork May 19, 2013

        He Knows His Sorry Ass Doughnut Business Is Losing Money And It’s Only Himself To Blame!! LOL Stop Selling Food That Destroy People Health Just To Make A Buck!!! LOL

        1. montanabill May 19, 2013

          Doughnut Business? Just stay in left field and take some correspondence courses in making sense.

          1. Fern Woodfork May 19, 2013

            Stay Off Of National Memo Period TROLL!!! You Been Preaching The Same Old Bullshit And Nobody Here Like You Not One Little Bit!! Take The Hint And Leave ASSHOLE!!!

          2. montanabill May 20, 2013

            Then I would miss conversing with nice intelligent people like yourself.

  8. rustacus21 May 18, 2013

    I would say the opening question of this article would depend on the American people. But the greater question and 1 that needs to be explored, is where are Democrats in support of the President on this & multiples of other issues? This all plays to the ‘smaller government’ conservative mantra, precisely b/c conservatives don’t want ANY oversite of their activities – especially as it relates to the out-0f-control ‘dark money’ that owns many a current politician. Answer this & U know whether this is all just B.S. & childish noise on the part of conservative psychopaths: was the IRS doing their job in reviewing whether these ‘brand new’ 501c4 groups were actually legitimate or not? According to their (IRS) mandate, these were ALL valid reviews. The language of the law needs to be tightened up a bit, but there’s no way any 1 should be able to just waltz thru paperwork, claiming to be something they aren’t (many of which, w/these T-bagger groups AREN’T social welfare or political groups, but hell-bent on seditious destruction of THIS current government, headed by a BLACK man). We can’t be so simple-minded to ignore reality, when the MOST poignant moment of the hearings was this revelation by outgoing IRS commish, Steve Miller, who admitted that there were “NO Obama appointee’s on (leadership) staff”, which begs the question, after 5 years in the White House, where the HECK is THE commissioner of the IRS, the ATF & why is there STILL such a BACKLOG of judges still awaiting approval by Congress? We’re asking the wrong questions here & American’s should be ashamed sitting back, allowing this craziness to destroy our government – all b/c conservatives don’t like a BLACK man in the White House… Otherwise, it CAN’T be policy, b/c THIS all started B4 the President had spent a full 24 hours on the job, on 1/20/2009…


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