Friday, May 17, 2013
After You are Proven Wrong…Just Say You're Sorry
There's no penalty for making wild accusations; it's a common political strategy, and it seems to be accepted in our everyday life because it doesn't cost a thing. I saw a good example of that this morning when Vern Buchanan(R-FL) who's on the House Ways and Means Committee say that Obamacare would add a trillion dollars to the debt when the CBO just said that it would decrease the deficit. Not one person on the “Morning Joe” panel corrected him. That's how it works; imagine a person going to work, hearing that unchallenged sound bite and then takes it for the absolute truth.
House Ways and Means Committee grilled the outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. This is the governing body that oversees our tax laws; shouldn't they also be interested in those groups who violated their tax-exempt status? Let's say a couple of rogue employees rifled through some CEO desk draws and found some evidence of wrongdoing. Yes, the employee should be punished but do we ignore the evidence they found because it was obtained illegally? Yes the people who were singling out conservatives need to be fired for incompetence but the law needs to be revised so so it does not happen again. It's not about paying taxes because those involved are non-profits; it's all about that special clause in the 501 [c] that allows them to keep their donor’s name a secret. Those groups can then transfer some of that cash(without reveling names) to their political PAC where donor’s names are required. The employees were guilty of profiling. I would bet that 9 out of 10 applications to become a 501[C] came from conservative groups. They were overwhelmed and chose to use a shortcut such as profiling.
The afternoon I saw Megan Kelly of Fox News and Rep. Jason Chaffetz discussing the Benghazi incident. They were trying to disprove that Benghazi didn't have any security was because Congress did not provide the money. I never thought it was because Congress didn't provide the money, especially after I learned that Benghazi was a CIA outpost under diplomatic cover. The CIA had 30 people, and Ambassador Stevens had seven diplomats. I also know that Ambassador Stevens turned down military protection two times. The Marines only guard the sensitive documents ,it's up to the State Department to provide security for the embassy. The frail Libyan government would have to approve of a standing army in Benghazi.
People like David Gregory live in a bubble because he thinks he was speaking for the average man this morning, when he was complaining about the 0.9% surtax, he was playing for health care. That tax is only for people with a combined income of $250,000 or more. I disagree when a lot of people say that latest incident by the IRS will have a devastating effect on how people look at the IRS. I've heard stories of IRS incompetence all my life but unless the next three congressional hearings find something new; this issue will go way pretty fast.
I often wonder if people like Michelle Bachmann know that the country is laughing at them or does she really believe that repealing Obamacare for the37th time is an accomplishment. I also wonder why John Boehner thinks it’s appropriate to jail someone for the IRS fiasco but not for the Wall Street crash of 2008.
The only way we can get the truth is to hold those people accountable if they lie. The media needs to stop mimicking Hollywood and just report the news. A young reporter got his chance to query the president, but he wasted it, by asking the president if he was aware that he was being compared to Nixon.
Last night I heard Richard Engel say that someone in our government told the AP intricate details about a bomb we obtained from a terrorist group in Yemen. There is the public has a right to know, but it must constantly be weighed against the need to classify some information.