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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DC Daze

Good times must be here -- Washington is in the throes of "gate" fever.

The trio of "scandals" range from ludicrous to serious, but that hasn't stopped Republicans and the media to pack up all of our real troubles to focus on headline grabbing.

At the bottom of the food chain is Benghazi, a tragedy made into a farce by the same "leaders" who rejected funding for State Department security. All in the name of trying to stop a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign before it starts.

Of more serious concern is the decision by the IRS, the agency that inspires more fear and loathing than any other, to target political groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their name.

There's a scandal to be sure over the millions of dollars that wash through the political system with tax protections, but the small groups targeted by the revenuers are not the ones that should be the focus of investigations.

The White House and Attorney General Eric Holder have labeled the actions "outrageous" and promise to follow it back to its roots, which should include asking former commissioner, Bush appointee Douglas Shulman, what he knew and when did he know it.

But what truly sends chills down my spine is the decision by Holder's Justice Department to subpoena two months of phone records of Associated Press reporters, including their home phones. Anyone up there ever hear of the 1st Amendment? Or is phony concerns about violations of the 2nd Amendment all that motivates Washington?

Holder claims not to have been aware of the actions of a deputy looking into an alleged national security leak. That's hard to swallow given the zeal by which he has pursued similar cases.

The IRS and AP cases are serious and require an open and honest investigation. The only question is how will that happen in the hyper partisan Washington atmosphere?

Americans deserve answers. I fear all we will get is rhetoric.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, it's Bush's fault.

May 15, 2013 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the community organizer came in and everyone was hoping for a change in atmosphere in Washington there actually was hope. Now that we haven't seen any change maybe the idea that a wholesale cleaning is needed. When the Republicans are in they're corrupt, when the Dems are in they want to get back at the conservatives. Give the Libertarians a chance, couldn't be any worse. We need to start sending some of these mid level officials to jail, and increase the penalties for these abuses of power.

May 17, 2013 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Here's why we don't give libertarians a chance: when their philosophy ruled America, employers could hire thugs to shoot and kill not just unionizing workers but also the police and mayor of a town.
And get away with it.

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/05/this-day-in-labor-history-may-19-1920

May 19, 2013 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you really think we would descend into that sort of chaos again? And what parties were actually in charge at that time? That argument is as specious as saying Christianity is the same today as when the Inquisition was current.

May 19, 2013 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up MassLib? Are you still in the game? Hope everything is OK.

June 09, 2013 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost never agreed with the authors ideas but always enjoyed this blog. Hope the lack of new articles is just that you've seen the light and become conservative not a personal problem or medical emergency.

June 23, 2013 10:18 AM  

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