Obama administration - where ignorance is bliss
The Obama administration has attempted to perfect a system in which the president and cabinet secretaries--particularly Attorney General Eric Holder--are quarantined from information. The IRS scandal is the most recent example, but the Fast and Furious gun walking debacle, Benghazi, and surreptitiously getting warrants for reporters’ phone logs and private emails are all examples of an ever-intrusive federal government. When the president, Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House staff use the quarantine to say "I have no knowledge" of what caused and who was responsible for transgressions in the executive branch, the public is played for a fool.
The Union Factor in the
The IRS scandal brings another huge problem into focus: the power of public sector unions in the federal executive branch and the potential for corruption and conflict within that powerful branch. The IRS scandal is, again, a prime example of this danger. The head of the union that represents IRS employees meets often at the White House. In fact, she met there shortly before the non-profit auditing section of the agency began its harassment of conservative groups that apply for tax-exempt status. This union gave huge sums to President Obama and candidates for Congress, and 97 percent of those contributions went to Democrats. FDR opposed the unionization of federal employees as strongly as he supported unionization in the private sector. He clearly foresaw the problems that are unfolding today due to the partisan actions of employees who are supposed to be non-political.
I would be shocked if any allegations that President Obama actually directed or approved the harassment of the conservative groups by the IRS could be substantiated--due to the "quarantine" practice mentioned above. He didn’t have to give a direct order to make it happen. Instead, he had a compliant union in place within the agency. He campaigned in the media and in the 2010 elections about, in his view, the corruption inherent in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which allowed non-profit groups the right to tax-exempt status for educating the public about issues. Obama was so irate about the decision that, in his first State of the Union address after it, he scowled at the Supreme Court members sitting below him and chided them. That was a clear "dog whistle" to let his union supporters in the IRS know how he felt about giving conservative groups tax-exempt status to raise money and advocate on issues under their rights reaffirmed by the court’s decision. He blew the whistle. Apparently his pet poodles in the IRS heard it and pounced.
Waiting for the Senate
Here in Louisiana, with fewer than two weeks left in Louisiana’s legislative session, all eyes are on the state Senate to see what that chamber will do with the House-approved budget now under review in the Senate Finance Committee. The executive budget submitted by the governor back in March was ugly. The budget enacted by the House was no work of art. The task before the upper chamber is to lessen dependency on questionable revenues for funding health care and higher education and to do it in a fashion that won’t lead to a revolt in the House or a veto by Governor Jindal. The budgets submitted by both the governor and the House relied on revenues that were suspect. Neither would have produced any guarantee that another round of large mid-year budget cuts weren’t going to fall yet again. Now the Senate gets a chance to put lipstick on the pig.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Officials in St. Charles Parish defend their own restrictions on pit bulls after...
The Destrehan Lady Cats throttled H.L. Bourgeois and knocked off East St. John to...
Donated toys and clothes are pouring in for a Montz family whose home was destroyed...
Police are searching for a man who attempted to break into a St. Rose home and...
The flu vaccine may not be as effective against this season’s most dominant strain...
Due to a lack of evidence, a Luling man accused of killing his father is no longer...
Acadian Flooring America is a family owned and operated floor covering store that has been proudly serving our customers since 1980. Our experienced staff at our Marrero, LA location is eager to serve you and help you transform your room and bring your dé
Hahnville murder suspect on the run - 9475 views
Police are searching for a Boutte man in connection with a deadly shooting that took place in Hahnville Friday morning.