David Axelrod excuse… “Government is so vast” — DUH!

So here’s in a nutshell, the Obama admin’s excuse on IRS scandal…

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Operative phrase: “… the government is so vast”
For those that want the executive summary, here’s David Axelrod’s explanation of why the Obama administration has multiple scandals in progress involving a massive pattern of clearcut abuse of power by executive branch agencies:

“Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast….” ~ David Axelrod / Professional Sycophant

Thanks for confirming one thing we’ve said all along
The Tea Party, all libertarians (big L or little), and the Republican party would like to thank Mr Axelrod for the ringing endorsement of a point we’ve been making all along. The larger the federal government, the more waste, fraud and corruption. It has become bloated and unmanageable at best, and at worst it appears to now be carrying out targeted hits on behalf of a certain family of political mobsters.

Now while I am not necessarily disposed to believe…
… that EVERY scandal at hand is truly caused by lack of oversight instead of being the result of institutional prodding from soulless lackeys doing the bidding of a particular group of thieves and scoundrels who moved their crime syndicate HQ from Chicago to Pennsylvania avenue… if you don’t mind… now that even a witless stooge like you acknowledges the super-sized federal government you guys have been pumping full of steroids is a prescription for disaster instead of a fix, how about doing something to address the obvious problem instead of exacerbating it?

Frankly an endorsement from a mindless party hack like Axelrod
…wouldn’t be my first choice, but when even HIS excuses start sounding like a ringing endorsement of the Tea Party, you know they’re running out of ammo. Oh well, take heart, David… when it comes to ammo, records suggest the DHS still has a LOT more than they should need.

By the way, while you’re at DHS
… better request they ditch the 2009 memo labeling people that advocate for smaller government as dangerous “rightwing extremists” who pose a threat to national security. Otherwise you just painted a target on your own back.

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IRS Official Did NO Criminal Act… but Takes the Fifth?

Lois Lerner, IRS administrator, pleads the fifth amendment, but also says she's innocentIRS Administrator Pleads Right Not to Self-Incriminate…
Lois Lerner went before the house oversight subcommittee investigating the IRS scandal today, and claimed she was at the advice of her attorneys going to exercise her right to plead the fifth amendment and would not answer any of the committee’s questions.

AND Testifies to Her Innocence?
The statement from her attorney says Lerner ‘has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation,’ ‘but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.’ She echoed those arguments in her opening statement and then some.

Unfortunately, that pair of arguments cannot co-exist.

So, like, Ummm… there’s a few problems there

-1- For starters, you don’t get to have it both ways.
Pleading the fifth does NOT mean YOU get to make your own case for innocence, but the federal government simply cannot cross-examine you. Just not the way it works. There’s a fair argument that in making the case up front for her own innocence she waived the possibility of taking the fifth and refusing to answer afterward.

-2- You cannot use it to shield OTHERS, just yourself
The operative part of the 5th amendment that applies states that a witness cannot “be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”. If she didn’t commit a crime, she could not possibly incriminate herself and is therefore trying to use it to protect others. That’s real sweet of you, honey, but it isn’t guaranteed by the bill of rights.

If she committed no criminal act…
Then she CAN’T POSSIBLY “incriminate” herself with her testimony, she can only show the wrongdoings of her superiors or subordinates.

PSSST! The fifth amendment isn’t to protect your buddies
There is simply no constitutional right to avoid being compelled to provide incriminating testimony about wrongdoings committed by your bosses and/or subordinates. It only stops the government from compelling you to incriminate yourself.

Hell, that’s one reason subpoenas were invented…
We have the ability to compel witnesses to appear precisely so the government CAN compel people to provide testimony about wrongdoings of others even if they prefer not to. So basically in addition to admittedly not being good at Math, Ms Lerner is awfully weak on the subject of Law given that she’s a lawyer.

CONCLUSION: We the people, through our elected representatives, have every right to require her testimony UNLESS it would prove she committed a crime.

BUT WAIT!  They keep assuring us NO CRIMES WERE COMMITTED?
Make up your mind, cause if no crimes were committed, it’s a bit weak to say you won’t answer questions on the grounds they might prove you committed a crime.

So Ms Lerner unwittingly confirmed what we already knew…
The IRS KNOWS they committed a crime. Now it is time for congress to find out who was involved; who physically did it, who ordered them to do it, who knew about it and failed to stop it or report it. Then it is time for criminal proceedings for everyone involved.

You don’t get to use the power of the government as a political hit team
… and then simply say “I’m sorry” when you FINALLY get caught. You also don’t get to lie to congress… which Ms Lerner has already done now multiple times.

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The Obama Defense: Trust Us, We Really ARE That Ignorant

obama is a clueless cockwaffle
Obama official testifies before House Committee

The news is starting to look like a re-run of Wizard of Oz:

— Holder’s doing the mime dance from “If I Only Had a Brain”
— Hillary’s been pissed since they dropped a house on her sister
— Obama says “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”

Nonetheless, flying monkeys were released on their opponents.

It’s ok though, cause they’ve assured us nobody in this administration knows anything that’s going on in this administration.
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THE WATERGATE CONNECTION
Sadly, Obama’s entire crew is systematically showing up for hearings claiming they had no idea what was happening in their agency or department. That is the very  defense that failed for Richard Nixon.

Seriously. Do we have to go dig up Nixon’s body so we can apologize?

It’s Called ACCOUNTABILITY, Mr President
Once again… I said the same during Watergate… when your STRONGEST defense is to convince the public that you and everyone in whom you vested authority is so ignorant they have zero idea what vast amounts of illegal crap your subordinates are engaged in, might be an issue.

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Obama did as threatened BUT accidentally… AND he didn’t know about it

I’ve mentioned the quote below before. It was reportedly spoken by longterm top Obama advisor, Valarie Jarrett, at a fundraiser. She didn’t even say it in a lowered tone, as she believed she was among friends.

After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.

Fast forward to the revelation that the most feared arm of the US federal government has intentionally targeted groups that just happen to be in opposition to the political views of the administration.

We are assured this was NOT done for political reasons. The government, says the outgoing director of the IRS, did not “target” conservative groups like the Tea Party… they merely “centralized” their applications for added efficiency and to assure quality in treatment.

[Much as the SS once centralized Jews for added efficiency and to assure quality in treatment.]

At the same time we hear that the Dept of Justice is illegally targeting a vast number reporters… in contravention of laws that are supposed to be enforced by (yep)…the Dept of Justice.

I have a serious question. How much of a suspension of disbelief is required to actually BELIEVE they did exactly what his top advisor threatened to do, but he wasn’t aware of it and it wasn’t politically motivated? Can you just turn off the brain… or does it require a full lobotomy?

For the record, when the BEST defense you can find is to try and convince the public that everyone in charge is a clueless git with no freakin idea what illegal stuff their subordinates are up to… you might be in the middle of a really bad scandal.

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IRS and DOJ Offer Sad Comedic Fodder

Must see video. As Jon Stewart has long described the right as tin-foil-hat-wearing paranoids… hard news that the government has in fact been living down to their lowest expectations is duly (and hilariously) noted here.

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So the basic news is

Yeah, people that think our government can’t be trusted are clearly just paranoid.

US President Barack Obama gestures for tI try to remind those that say they “get their news” from Jon Stewart that there might be a problem basing your education on a channel named “Comedy Central”. Still, it’s good to see that even a hardcore lefty like Stewart must laugh at this administration’s pretense of fairness.

Most would prefer less humor in return for an administration that respects their oath to the constitution. But as other revelations show, their practice of using executive branch agencies as blunt instruments to harass political opponents is NOT limited to the IRS and DOJ.

As the saying goes… it isn’t ‘paranoia’ if they’re really after you. 

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