Four Washington Scandals That Still Matter Despite the Distractions

They're still there, festering

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2. IRS targeting

plead the fifthC-SPANWhen news about the NSA’s domestic surveillance efforts first broke, the White House was already embroiled in a scandal involving the IRS targeting Tea Party groups. Here, too, President Obama addressed the scandal based on news reports, saying he only learned about the “alleged” improprieties when the rest of America did. And here, too, the president’s words are revealed to be less than true as more information comes out. A recent report by the House Oversight & Government Reform  Committee, which continues to investigate the scandal, quotes two IRS officials who described a climate at the bureau in 2010 as one where employees were “acutely” aware that the president wanted a crackdown on Tea Party groups. Last week the House Ways & Means Committee uncovered e-mails from Lois Lerner (the IRS official who pled the fifth in a hearing on the scandal earlier this year) that appear to contradict the official story on the scandal. When the story first broke, Lerner, like the president, said she learned about it in the news. But the e-mails show Lerner and other IRS officials in Washington discussing the targeting, which they called “very dangerous,” back in 2011.

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  • Pro Libertate||

    I wonder what other distractions the administration has up its sleeve?

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    Again? That trick never works.

    /Rocket J. Squirrel

  • Pro Libertate||

    Rocky and Bullwinkle would be a vast intellectual improvement over the current gang of idiotic thieves.

  • Almanian!||

    Moose and Squirrel are foilink plans AGAIN!


  • Almanian!||

    Pull my finger...

  • Paul.||

    You have to admit that Scandal Summer is more interesting than Recovery Summer. And according to Obama supporters, just as real.

  • DenverJay||

    I thought Summers withdrew?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...some members of Congress put up much more resistance to the idea of Congress as a rubber stamp for the president.

    Once you get lied to under oath a couple of times and do squat about it, then I think you're pretty much a paper tiger at that point.

    And no AP reporter spying scandal? Or was that pre-summer?

  • Swiss Servator, Spare a Franc?||

    "Once you get lied to under oath a couple of times and do squat about it, then I think you're pretty much a paper tiger at that point."

    Hey now! It wasn't lying, it was merely providing the "least untruthful answer!"


  • Paul.||

    An answer of reduced truthiness.

  • Curtisls87||

    would that be limited kinetic truthfulness?

  • Sevo||

    Truthically challenged?

  • Mark22||

    I'd call it a "vast potential for future improvements in telling the truth".

  • Almanian!||

    Scandals? You mean the phony scandals dreamed up by the Teathuglitards and the Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy™? THOSE "scandals", Ed?

    Yeah - a bunch of made up stuff to keep OJ from assisting the police to find the REAL killers.

    I mean - keeping The President (PBUH) from being able to concentrate on the things needed to keep abortion safe, legal and rare, end the war on wimminz, provide contraceptives at no charge to middle class college women women's health services to those who otherwise would have none, pay a Living Wage® to the tens of millions struggling to support families on minimum wage jobs whlie the 1% eat caviar, rid the streets of AR15's given out like candy cigarettes by the Evul Koch Brothers, and continuing to stem the oceans' advance, and keep the polar ice caps regenerating.

    Not to mention keeping the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on track despite the crafty and mean-spirited efforts of the Do-Nothing Congress to derail its magnificence.

    THOSE scandals, Ed? I don't know how you sleep at night.

  • DenverJay||

    But, according to the preview of the new IPCC report, Global Warming has stopped, and the seas are no longer rising as fast as feared. So, the President has accomplished those goals! Praise be to Obama, he has saved the planet as promised.

  • Paul.||

    You know, I'm feeling charitable today, and if I could say anything about the political class, it's not that they're inherently dumber* than everyone else, it's that they take on jobs that no one is smart enough to do effectively, so they're bound to fail, making them look, dumber.

    * Of course, who's dumber, the guy who knows he's not smart enough to organize an economy of 360,000,000 individuals, or the guy who thinks he is?

  • DH||

    On issue 4. I have on good authority from Paul Krugman that the fix to any problem is for government to spend more. So no worries, right? Gubment doesn't need a budget cause they ain't like you and I.

  • UnCivilServant||

    If only a lack of a budget meant it wasn't spending my money.

  • DH||

    I've been reading Rothbard on the Great Depression currently, and from what I can keep up with, he would probably spit in Krugmans face for what he's suggesting. More money from the gov in the Economy artificially pushes back people's preference for reinvesting, only delaying the natural cycle of bust and boom which naturally reset the economy. Hard to read but interesting shit.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Not only that, but the limited supply of capital means that government spending replaces private spending. And since government spending has a real multiplier under 1, "stimulus" is always bound to fail unless it is small enough that it doesn't suck all the air out of the room.

  • Curtisls87||

    from Krugman:
    "3. Things aren’t always this way, but when they are, the government is not in competition with the private sector. Government purchases don’t use resources that would otherwise be producing private goods, they put unemployed resources to work. Government borrowing doesn’t crowd out private borrowing, it puts idle funds to work."

    This has to be one of the most ignorant statements I've ever seen.

  • Sevo||

    ..."Government purchases don’t use resources that would otherwise be producing private goods"...

    So his claim is that money and capital are not fungible?
    That is a truly amazing comment from someone educated in econ.

  • Mark22||

    Krugman's statements have become bizarre. Either he is mentally deteriorating and becoming senile, or someone is blackmailing him into saying the things he is saying. There really isn't any other explanation that I can see.

  • DenverJay||

    But in all seriousness, as long as the MSM continue to carry water for the libs, the country is doomed. Most of the media in this country might as well be an arm of the Government, and call themselves Pravda. With a truly unbiased media, or even one that cared enough about it's image to pretend to be fair, like the liberal media of 20 years ago, this crap would be unacceptable. Imagine if any of these scandals had happened under a Republican administration, or if a Republican president had decided to start ignoring the laws he didn't like, or changing the dates of laws' implementation despite the language of the law. The media would be (rightly) calling for Impeachment, and the Congress would be listening to "the will of the people", which is what they mistake "the will of the media" as.
    And then the horribly incompetent local TV News parrots, simplifies, and further distorts the already untruthful party line, and we have a socialist propaganda machine that would make Stalin envious.

  • Libertarius||

    I am a Professor of Dialectical Obozoism, and I approve.

  • PapayaSF||

    At some point this will shift, at least a bit. The recent Syria clown act was widely criticized, even by previously-loyal water-carriers. Even loyal Democrats in the media can't forever resist covering juicy scandals and the slow-motion train wreck of Obamacare.

  • Anders||

    Yet another racist post on Reason.

    On the lefty blogs I learned to always trust the NSA, the Ben Ghazi was some kind of GOP stooge or anti-gay activist, that the IRS is more trustworthy than Lord O, and many other hard truths.

  • Anders||

    If you read less Klan tracts and listened more to Al Sharpton on MSNBC, you would understand that the Latte-Colored Jesus is better than the original version.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    I've always found Daily$oros to be a good source of racially unbiased support for the President's righteous murder of evil Muslim children.

  • Sevo||

    Now, see? If any other guy was president, could you work at home and get a Beemer?


    Only four?

  • Len Bias||

    Talking about these things hurts Obama's feelings, that's why we need to stop. He's sensitive!

  • juliajuli||

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