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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Benghazi, IRS, and AP Oh my!
Benghazi, and IRS, and AP
A Cranky Saturday
The following are the opinions of a
cranky old man.Opposing opinions are
welcome, but please…no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!
“Gates” are in the news this week and Cranky has opinions.
Benghazi: It is not the crime, it is the cover
up.This week we had whistle blowers,
Senate hearings, and spin, spin, spin.The Democrats are angry.“What is
done is done, forget it, it’s over, what is the difference what happened?The Republicans are just trying to use this
whole terrible incident for political purposes!”
Republicans are using the Benghazi screw-up for political reasons, just as
every politician uses every incompetence of their rivals for their own
What do we
know about Benghazi?
don’t know for sure, but it is pretty obvious:
1.The State Department did not adequately
protect the Libyan Embassy, even when extra protection was requested.Incompetence?Yes.Politically motivated? Possibly,
just about everything in government is flavored by politics.Mostly, failure to protect the Embassy was
miscalculation and incompetence.There
is lots of stuff going on in the State Department, mistakes are made.It is regrettable, still people need to be held
accountable for these mistakes.
2.The administration was embarrassed by
the Embassy attack because The President, in the closing months before the
election, had claimed that he had Al Qaida and terrorism on the run.The administration deliberately sought to characterize
the attack as a reaction to a five minute you tube video.They stuck with that story until it just
would not hold water and then marginalized their error with Hilary losing her
temper and screaming, “What difference does it make?”
it!Stop the Hearings; stop the
inquisition, that is what happened.Let
the American People decide if it makes any difference or not, but stop arguing
over what every person who can read and decides to think, knows is the truth.
IRS: For several years the IRS has
scrutinized any non-profit organization and their donors that smacked of
conservative leanings.The nature of
these organizations is such that they should be randomly challenged, as there
is much room for them to cheat the system.The reason this has been fodder for scandal is that the IRS targeted
only those organizations with conservative leanings.Liberal organizations, of which there are as
many as conservative, and who have the same opportunity and incentive to cheat
the system were “left” alone.That is
just not “right.”
AP: The Justice Department secretly has
obtained phone records of the Associated Press’ reporters.The records were not just targeted for a
specific situation or case, but all records.The ability to use these records to go on fishing excersions and intimidate the press is obvious. It
represents a power which the Constitution clearly did not want to grant to any
government agency.Freedom of the press
is what keeps government at least a little bit honest.It is perhaps the most important concept which
keeps government abuse in check and guarantees our freedom.
IRS, AP…is our country doomed?Is this
administration over the top?Is
President Obama actively trying to bully the country to lead it down the path
of Socialism and Dictatorship?Of course
not, but these abuses are the canary in the mine.They should not be glossed over or
buried.The slippery slope needs to be
sanded, and some wrists need to be slapped…hard!
The preceding opinions are those of
the Cranky Old Man, and not necessarily those of management…Mrs. Cranky.