In a not-so-shocking development today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that it “inappropriately” targeted conservative groups for “additional review” during the “2012 election cycle.”
“The Internal Revenue Service Inappropriately Flagged Conservative Political Groups For Additional Reviews During The 2012 Election To See If They Were Violating Their Tax-Exempt Status, A Top IRS Official Said Friday.” (Stephen Ohlemacher, “IRS Apologizes For Targeting Conservative Groups,” The Associated Press, 5/10/13)
So, the big news of the day wasn’t that Jodi Arias was deservedly found guilty of first-degree murder or the unfolding story of the horrific kidnappings in Ohio, but rather what transpired on Capitol Hill throughout the day.
While the establishment news was dominated at times by an enraptured bonbon audience enthralled with coverage of Arias and the evil-doer Ariel Castro; what the American public learned today is that the Obama Administration, the State Department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice and others engaged in a deliberate campaign to deceive the American people about a terrorist attack on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 in Benghazi, Libya. In other words: a cover up of the murder of four Americans in a foreign land who were there just doing their jobs serving their country.
A spontaneous protest? No. An anti-Muslim YouTube video? Nope.
Wow, what a day. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the music this morning and took direct fire from Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Not surprisingly, Democrats did everything they could to protect Clinton and the Obama Administration in general for the “misinformation” campaign they deployed following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
The most astonishing moment may have been when U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) brought up Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program to defend against the Obama Administration’s use of misinformation.
I don’t often post what is on other blogs, but sometimes there are things too important not to point out. Power Line has a post up on the, well, “True Origins of the Financial Crisis,” that you should check out. Video is also posted, which is the most important aspect of the entry.
Over at Politico, Darren Samuelsohn is reporting that former President Bill Clinton today likened efforts to limit same-day voter registration to a return to “Jim Crow laws”:
“Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes.” (Darren Samuelsohn, “Bill Clinton Likens GOP Effort To Jim Crow Laws,” Politico, 7/6/11)
President Barack Obama’s plan to “out-educate and out-build the rest of the world” includes spending a staggering $77.4 billion in the next fiscal year, an increase of nearly 4.5% above previous levels. This won’t be easy in this climate of necessary budget cuts. With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, Obama’s go-to legislator will have to be in the U.S. Senate where Democrats still control the agenda and can carry his water. The Senator who Obama will rely on to implement his plan is likely to be Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions.
Senator Harkin seems the ideal man for the job. In the vein of Obama, Harkin’s a liberal’s liberal who views government as the primary solution to problems:
For decades, throwing money at education has been the cure-du-jour for America’s educational ills. In 1979, the Democrat controlled Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act establishing a Cabinet-level department for education in the federal government. President Jimmy Carter, America’s greatest one-term President, signed the legislation into law and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) began operating the following year, in 1980.
For its first year in operation, Congress appropriated $14 billion to the new bureaucratic entity. Nearly 30 years later, the budget ballooned to $68.6 billion (2008 appropriations), a 390% increase in federal spending. Overall, appropriators have spent over $1 trillion of taxpayer money through ED alone. This figure does not include local and state spending, just the federal portion.
A little over two weeks ago I posted this piece about President Barack Obama ramping up his reelection by planning to file his necessary paperwork earlier than either President Bill Clinton or President George W. Bush did. The point was, and is, that while there are major issues brewing in Washington over spending, deficits, debt and potential government shutdowns, the President seems preoccupied with another four years, two years into his first term. I got some criticism for this post, basically for making a mountain our of a mole hill.
I’ll now draw your attention to this article on Roll Call today by Jennifer Bendery:
The folks at CNN reported last night that “President Barack Obama will file the official paperwork within weeks to begin collecting money for his re-election campaign in 2012.”
While it’s no surprise Obama plans to run for reelection, it is a little surprising he plans to do so this early. There’s quite a bit going on that needs to be addressed before jetting around the country picking up campaign cash. You know, the little things like spending cuts, budgets and getting Americans back to work by growing the economy.
In any event, if Obama does file his paperwork within a couple weeks, that would put us in mid-March. President Bill Clinton filed his Statement of Candidacy on April 14, 1995. President George W. Bush didn’t file his Statement of Candidacy for reelection until May 15th, 2003. What’s the rush, Mr. President?
Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports taxpayers have spent “more than $160 million defending” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their “former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud” since the bailout:
“The bulk of those expenditures — $132 million — went to defend Fannie Mae and its officials in various securities suits and government investigations into accounting irregularities that occurred years before the subprime lending crisis erupted. The legal payments show no sign of abating.” (Gretchen Morgenson, “Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills To The Taxpayers,” The New York Times, 1/24/11)