After his speech last week, Obama still has questions to answer: Is it still his administration’s goal to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda? Is it his view that if the U.S. is less aggressive in eliminating terrorists abroad, the threat of terrorist attacks will diminish on its own? If his goal is to end the war on terror, what’s his overarching strategy to win it? Has he certified that nations who will receive inmates from Guantanamo are capable of preventing them from returning to combat?
President Obama publicly maligned conservative and Tea Party groups for years (actually using the “tea baggers” line at least once over a live microphone). Vice President Biden reportedly compared Tea Party supporters to “terrorists.” It should be no surprise that the IRS went after groups the president has attacked, because the executive defines the culture. Since the IRS’s Lois Lerner followed her opening statements by promptly “pleading the fifth” – and now refuses to resign – Americans understandably have more questions than before. What other words were used to target organizations? Were taxpayers audited as a result of their political donations? How much did White House and Treasury officials communicate with the IRS? Until we get answers, we have to keep asking.
Now we learn that Secretary Sebelius has been fundraising from private companies that HHS will regulate (apparently to finance the implementation of the federal healthcare exchange), but she won’t say which ones. Republicans are working to find out, because the lack of accountability and the conflicts of interest are unacceptable. And this week the Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to 15 insurance companies to find out if Sebelius solicited funds from them.
Small businesses are already bound in new red tape. Millennials will see higher insurance costs. And now, Americans have to worry that the same group that played politics with taxes will play politics with their healthcare. With the IRS enforcing Obamacare, it promises to be a train wreck indeed.
For those of you who like numbers, you’ll love these:
- The national debt on January 20, 2009 (Obama’s inauguration) was $10.6 Trillion; as of May 24, 2013 (last Friday) it’s now $16.8 Trillion. That’s about a 58% increase.
- The nationwide average price of gas on January 20, 2009, was $1.84/gallon; as of May 24, 2013, it’s now$3.65/gallon. That’s about a 98% increase.
- $1.8 Billion: How much Congress borrows every day to fund Obama’s spending spree.
- $642 Billion: Current annual federal deficit (5th largest in history).
- $2.6 Trillion: True cost of ObamaCare (when Democrats’ budget gimmicks are removed).
- $25.4 Trillion: Expected national debt in 2023 (under Obama’s 2014 budget proposal).
- Unfunded liabilities amount to a debt of $360,000 per citizen
- One out of five gov’t employees is now paid more than $100,000 a year
- More than 5 million Americans have filed for disability since Obama was elected. (I wonder who they vote for?)
The U.S. economy is now producing about as much value per capita, taking into account inflation and population growth, as it did in 1931 (two years into the Great Depression). But during the great depression America had NONE of the structural, economic, and societal problems we have today, nor the massive unfunded obligations we are now facing. Throughout history, high taxes, runaway government spending, and unsustainable debt have always caused economic crises and collapse. Obama is either an economic idiot or he’s planning our nation’s demise.
More on that next week.
This Administration prefers to keep the inconvenient parts of the story obscured in darkness.
There’s really no reason for the press to suggest that the recent slew of scandals involving the Obama administration are a confusing jumble. Some parts of this administration focus on preventing information that is contrary to the administration’s agenda from getting out, or hindering its distribution, and making sure that the only information that goes out supports the perspective of the administration. Other parts leak confidential information designed to attack the reputations of those holding perspectives the administration opposes or to smear whistleblowers. All of these actions involve an effort to control information.
A timeline of the IRS’s scrutiny of the Right
A mere two weeks ago Obama said he first heard about the IRS scandal the previous Friday, which is strange because there’s been plenty of news coverage. According to Congressional testimony, the IRS chief knew about this a year ago, and the White House Counsel knew a month ago. If Obama is mad at anyone, it should be at his staff for dropping the ball (and that’s assuming that we believe him in the first place).
Read more at: “Timeline: Events in IRS ‘Tea Party’ scrutiny scandal” and “IRS Timeline”
Neither a condemnation nor an apology
If the IRS is willing to apologize for its targeting of conservatives, why won’t Obama do the same? The President must not have seen the memo that, as America’s Chief Executive, he’s responsible for the IRS’s actions, and owes the citizens an apology. Instead we heard a lot of “ifs” and promises to fix the problem, with no identifiable plan to actually do so. And as he ducks calls for an apology, Obama is also playing defense on when he learned of the IRS’s behavior.
Read more at: “Obama Takes Another Pass On An IRS Apology”
Is “firing” someone who’s gone in a month anyway really useful?
Obama may have made his IRS appointment, but I wanted to make sure everyone saw that his “solution” to the IRS scandal isn’t as courageous as he wants Americans to believe. It turns out that the “fired” IRS commissioner was already heading out. If the president is as “outraged” as he claims, he could start with a real plan to solve the problem, including a special investigator. Meanwhile Americans are still waiting for their apology and wondering if Obama will continue to foster the culture that led to this discrimination.
Read more at: “‘Fired’ IRS Commissioner Planned to Leave Post in June”
The Internal Revenue Circus
Over a week later, Obama’s IRS scandal – and the administration’s reaction to it – gets more troubling by the day. The week was hardly half over, but the question was already being asked: How many other shifting stories will there be in the unfolding IRS scandal? With all the revelations last week, was it any wonder that Lois Lerner pled the fifth?
Read more at: “The Big Fail: The Internal Revenue Circus”
How can someone who is proven to have murdered US soldiers continue to draw pay?
Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others during a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has reportedly been paid more than $278,000 since the 2009 incident, because his salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting. Yet his victims are being denied access to medical care and financial benefits, because the White House and Pentagon have refused to characterize Hasan’s attack as terrorism or “combat related,” instead terming it “workplace violence.”
Sorting out the spin and falsehoods in Obama’s latest Benghazi statements
In September 2012, Obama didn’t immediately acknowledge the Benghazi attack as terrorism, saying “I don’t want to jump the gun on this.” Yet the CIA knew about terrorist involvement immediately after the attacks. The Accountability Review Board hasn’t “investigated every element” of the Benghazi attacks – they’ve yet to interview Secretary Clinton. So, with the facts not on his side, Obama resorts to calling lingering questions about Benghazi “a sideshow”
Under fire, Obama White House resorts to calling facts of scandals “irrelevant.”
Pentecost Sunday (May 19th) was a rough one for the Obama Administration. Obama started another week on defense, confronting questions about his relevancy and ability to govern. Why did it take Obama until May 10 to find out about the IRS scandal? Did Secretary Sebelius cross “serious ethical lines” in soliciting donations to enroll America for ObamaCare? Questions about Obama’s competency and authority are piling up, yet unable to answer questions on Benghazi, the IRS, the DOJ, the EPA, and now HHS, the administration has now labeled the facts of the scandals as “irrelevant.”
Systemic Incompetence and Outraged Cluelessness isn’t going to cut it
The phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” – as the Founding Fathers used it – is a form of vicarious liability. “Executive accountability” means that an executive is legally accountable for the misconduct of all of his subordinates (not just those over whom he has direct supervision), as well as their agents and contractors. Yet now the Obama Administration wants us to buy outraged cluelessness as a defense for a growing storm of scandals. But as anyone with any military experience can tell you, “plausible deniability” doesn’t cut it as a defense, because the executive doesn’t have the luxury of ignorance.
Read more at: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”