Barack Obama tells DCCC that he fixed Washington, DC.
Indirectly, to be sure: but nobody sensible to expect plain talking from Barack Obama anyway. At the heart of this stunning revelation is this bit from the Hill: “Do not buy into this notion somehow that, oh, these problems are too big or Washington is broken,” Obama said. “Washington is not broken. It’s broken right now for a particular reason, but it’s not permanently broken. | Read More »
The IRS, Obamacare, and other pains in Barack Obama’s tuchis.
There’s something that I am quite happy to point out about the Obamacare jam (H/T: Hot Air) that Democrats are finding themselves in right now… Conservative groups are preparing to use the deepening public distrust of the Internal Revenue Service to discredit the Affordable Care Act, and the Democrats who support it, in the 2014 election cycle. Now that the IRS has admitted to unfairly | Read More »
Barack Obama fractures the foundation of American success: Trust
One of the beauties of a free society, particularly one built on the rule of law, free markets and individual liberty is that people are often free to pursue things that are simply not possible elsewhere. Entrepreneurship in the United States thrives like it does in no other place. From restaurants that let you choose how you want your food cooked to more cable channels | Read More »
SHHH! DOJ Appealed Federal Court To Keep James Rosen Investigation Secret
Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker, who’s been doing some great reporting on the government’s monitoring of Fox News’ James Rosen, has a new bombshell development that nicely compliments Holder’s alleged perjury: the DOJ tried to keep the search secret. Lizza wrote today that the Obama administration argued that the warrant be kept secret since they would need to monitor Rosen’s private emails for an extended period of time. | Read More »
Tech at Night: Keep government from micromanaging, to prevent the next ECPA mess.
Unnecessary legislation watch: House Democrats (and a Republican) want to meddle in the matter of employer access to Facebook. Sure, a lot of people aren’t smart about Facebook, but that’s no good reason to expand government here. Let’s not micromanage. We just went over this with ECPA.
How can we trust new government regulations of Cybersecurity, Obama-style, when heavily regulated utilities are doing so poorly? That’s why we need a light touch, low on regulation, CISPA-style.
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Barack Obama finally cops to ordering a drone strike on an American citizen…
he New York Times baldly says why (bolding mine): “One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.” Best to have that finally on the record before said speech, eh? – Particularly since the administration needs to tread | Read More »
White House Chief of Staff Knew About IRS Targeting Last Month
The Obama administration’s Hans Schultz strategy is wearing thin. The “I Know Nothing” approach to these scandals has only exacerbated the problem. So, concerning the IRS, what did the president know, and when did he know it? Yes, it’s a throwback to Sen. Howard Baker’s famous question during Watergate, which Rick Moran cited in his May 17 post. We don’t know yet, but it seems White House Chief | Read More »
The proper attitude of government towards its citizens is humility. The State kneels before the people who invest it with terrible authority. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are full of language that illustrates this relationship, but you don’t have to look back that far, because American politicians constantly cloak themselves in the language of humility. They always talk about how honored they are to receive | Read More »
Was The Franklin Center Targeted?
In the wake of the IRS scandal, it was discovered that the Leadership Institute was targeted with what is being described as a “yearlong harassing audit.” The Leadership Institute trains conservative activists across the country. The Washington Free Beacon’s CJ Ciaramella cited Morton Blackwell, LI’s founder and president, yesterday saying, “the IRS’ indefensible behavior is worse than we first thought, as it targeted both new and existing conservative groups in | Read More »
Abuse of Power. Dereliction of Duty. If the shoe fits, wear it, Mr. President
What do you think Americans would say if they learned that while Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were fighting for their lives atop the US Consulate in Benghazi, that their President was on the phone with campaign donors, or prepping for his Las Vegas fundraiser the next day. Throughout all the hearings and testimony thus far, the one fact we do know is this, not | Read More »
Darrell Issa, John Boehner not “taking the bait” with current White House scandals.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) This is not going to end up being a windmill joust against Barack Obama. Much to the Democrats’ secret displeasure. GOP leaders will help coordinate various House investigations into controversies involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the State Department. But the key Republican lawmaker with jurisdiction on all these matters said that a rerun of | Read More »
The legitimacy of elections
The worst possible outcome of the IRS scandal would see it growing large enough to call the legitimacy of the 2012 election into question. Some people reading this might think it’s already reached that point. Others would say it could never reach that point. There is a case to be made that the American system would resist such an outcome, in a much broader sense than merely | Read More »
Senator Mike Lee on the Power and Corruption of the IRS
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Senator Mike Lee to discuss the growing scandal at the IRS, its constitutional implications and his efforts to protect your emails from the feds. Then Ben and Brad discuss the political opportunities and traps that Republicans face with these brewing scandals.
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Tech at Night: Bitcoin’s central bankers. Kim Dotcom censors Mega.
Some fascinating Bitcoin developments: As I predicted, Mt. Gox just got trouble with its US dollar processor, Dwolla. Meanwhile it comes out that a cabal of developers has de facto control over the Bitcoin network and is devaluing very small wallets. The net effect of this is to reduce the money supply, deflating Bitcoin to benefit those with large holdings.
So even as Bitcoin is revealed to have its own central bankers, the new Megaupload is getting censored per New Zealand law, as Kim Dotcom weighs (heavily) in against Obama to attempt to distract from this censorship.
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, Tech at Night
CIA Requested al-Qaeda References Be Removed From Benghazi Talking Points
Today, the White House released their set of emails relating to the drafting of the Benghazi talking points, and all the revisions it went through. In all, it was about 100 pages. Also, Politico is reporting that the CIA “requested” that references to al-Qaeda be “scrubbed” from the talking points. The White House on Wednesday released what it calls a complete set of emails and documents totaling | Read More »