Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

posted at 12:41 pm on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, I flagged this in the last thread but it needs its own post. How desperate are O’s cronies that they’re now willing to dance on this rhetorical and ideological landmine in the name of protecting him? Conn Carroll flags this passage from Politico’s piece today about the dangerous new narrative developing for The One:

The uproars over alleged politicization of the IRS and far-reaching attempts to monitor journalists and their sources have not been linked directly to Obama. But it does not strain credulity to suggest that Obama’s well-known intolerance for leaks, and his regular condemnations of conservative dark-money groups, could have filtered down to subordinates.

The narrative is ideological. For five years, this president has been making the case that a growing and activist government has good intentions and can carry these intentions out with competence. Conservatives have warned that government is dangerous, and even good intentions get bungled in the execution. In different ways, the IRS uproar, the Justice Department leak investigations, the Benghazi tragedy and the misleading attempts to explain it, and the growing problems with implementation of health care reform all bolster the conservative worldview.

John Dickerson argues that right now Obama’s making the case for conservatism better than Romney ever did. All of which is fine, but obvious: Of course an explosion of government scandal will tend to vindicate a worldview that’s suspicious of government. What’s significant about Axelrod’s defense of O is that he’s pointing to the size of government as a structural reason for why scandal might proliferate, which is downright Reaganesque as a critique of the federal leviathan. The bigger the government gets, the less accountability there’ll be. That’s conservatism 101.

The perverse twist is that he’s using that logic to exculpate Obama. Try to get your mind around that. A guy who helped O win two presidential elections by arguing that government needs to do more, especially for health insurance (which will soon be partly under the jurisdiction of the IRS, natch), is now trying to absolve Obama of responsibility for his underlings’ malfeasance by suggesting that … no one can really control a government this big. Obama’s off the hook, thanks to his dogged efforts to make the country even more ungovernable than it already is. Say what you will about Ax but let no man question the elephantine size of his balls.


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ding ding ding … this is why we want smaller gov’t .. moron ….

and BTW what happened to that most transparent admin?

conservative tarheel on May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Thanks for proving our point, numbnuts.

CurtZHP on May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

The White House General Council knew about this weeks ago…

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/14/White-House-Under-Siege-over-IRS-Investigation-Timeline

The head chick in charge(Lois IIRC) who apologized on friday knew about this a year or two ago, yet lied saying she had only learned bout it recently.

ninjapirate on May 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Axelturd made Obama the dumbest president in US history.

Plus, the TEA partiers are justified “the gov’t is too big”.

Axelturd threw Obama under two buses.

Bravo!!!

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

VorDaj, paraphrased “They want you to concurrently believe that Obama is the smaaahtest president, evahhhh, and the Three Monkeys of Oblivion”.

It is an incredibly schadenfreudig week.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

He’s right. There should be a constitutional amendment that reserves powers not explicitly granted to the federal government to the states or to the people. That would keep the fed from growing too big. Also, the powers should be divided between three branches so that each provides a check to the other and no single branch grows so powerful that it can’t control itself.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Here are my favorite ironies, from just this past week:

1. One

2. Two

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

During the Bush administration, the left loved pinning things on the evil Dick Cheney. I wonder why they’re not pinning any of this on the laughable Uncle Joe?

BKeyser on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Say what you will about Ax but let no man question the elephantine size of his pipe dreams balls.

fify.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Let’s scrap the whole deal, except for the Constitution.

Jeffster on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER BOTH OBAMA AND AXELROD A GREAT MEASURE OF THANKS FOR DEMONSTRATING WHY CONSERVATIVES’ CONCERNS OVER BIG GOVERNMENT & OUR DESIRE FOR A MUCH SMALLER GOVERNMENT WITH MORE LIMITED POWER IS SO VALID!

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

Answer is: That is his job, if he cared to do it. As president he sets the tone so his underlings know what is expected of them.

A very persuasive statement and justification to make federal government smaller.

Its at least 500% bigger than it constitutionally needs to be.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

“Boy am I glad I got the hell out of that administration when I did.”

-Axelrod,Emmanuel & Gibbs.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Try to get your mind around that

Easy enough, allow me to demonstrate:

The Government doesn’t matter. The people running it do. And that’s why you need to vote Democrat. Because anyone else might do something you don’t want them to. They are unaccountably accountable but only when they need to be held accountable, and even then, its not their fault the dang thing is too big, or small, whatever one gives them more power to fix the problem they caused.

Gatsu on May 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Obama — the Colonel Klink of politics.

“I know nothing! Nothing!”

polarglen on May 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Axelrod better watch it. Openly saying government is too big seems to be a sure way to get an IRS audit.

gonnjos on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Mitt Romney is to the left of Obama on Social Issues.

Mitt Romney implemented Gay Marriage long before Obama was for it.

Mitt Romney implemented Romney Care long before it became Obama Care.

Mitt Romney implemented State Paid Abortions long before Obama.

Mitt Romney Gave Planned Parenthood a seat on the Board of Health somthing Obama did not do.

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It’s a laugh riot to hear this liberals, in trying to defend Obama, making our case for us; this is what we Conservatives have been talking about since 1967. So desperate are they to defend and protect their precious Obama, these liberals don’t even grasp the import of all they’re saying.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

That would never work: once the power of the Federal Government reached critical mass, it would simply disregard inconvenient aspects of its Constitution.
FORWARD!

Kenosha Kid on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

and BTW what happened to that most transparent admin?

conservative tarheel on May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Their reply to comments like this is: “The reason these scandals are being reported is because we are so transparent!” Right!

Deano1952 on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Hah, ironies abound today

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s selection of golf courses in the greater DC metro area is so big?

Fixed…

JohnGalt23 on May 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

People in every organization get their leadership from the top, regardless if they have any direct interaction with the Boss.

Axelrod is right that not every career employee will necessarily be on board, but having a dishonest political hack like Obama as President ensures bad behavior.

bobs1196 on May 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

There’s no there there
vs
The there there is too big

mjbrooks3 on May 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Their reply to comments like this is: “The reason these scandals are being reported is because we are so transparent!” Right!

Deano1952 on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I would add, “And the Republicans are politicizing everything!”

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

.
Squirrel!

LincolntheHun on May 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Great Idea! Here’s your powdered wig…

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Say what you will about Ax but let no man question the elephantine size of his balls.

It doesn’t take much balls to be a bully and have a sycophant media ready to give you air cover.

arnold ziffel on May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The trolls are spent. Re-education, not even by Axelturd and Messina, is going places. All they have left is to with us death.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Axelrod – “How can he know what this bloated imposing government is doing when there are so many golf weekends, talk shows and basketball games to get to? I think some people just do not understand Obama’s burdens.”

gonnjos on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

with us = wish us

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Mitt Romney is not President of the United States.

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I don’t have to know everything my employees are doing.
 
BUT my employees have to know that I will fire them and/or publicly call the full weight of law enforcement down on them with my blessing and cooperation if they do something this bad.
 
If they don’t understand this, then I’m complicit.

rogerb on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I hope Obama flukes you and yours into irrecoverable oblivion. You are beyond disgust. You are worse than HAL.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The trolls are spent. Re-education, not even by Axelturd and Messina, is going places. All they have left is to with us death.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:54 PM

If they get our guns, that wish for our deaths would become an attempt to make it happen.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

“I wonder why they’re not pinning any of this on the laughable Uncle Joe?

BKeyser on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Because its not nice to make fun of the mentally retarded?

catmman on May 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

He’s right. There should be a constitutional amendment that reserves powers not explicitly granted to the federal government to the states or to the people. That would keep the fed from growing too big. Also, the powers should be divided between three branches so that each provides a check to the other and no single branch grows so powerful that it can’t control itself.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Well, it seems like it could work if you add on a few parts where the federal government is responsible for Social Security, food for the poor, Education, the Environment, Housing, and cradle to grave healthcare.

Because we care. We care so much we have to do it, even if it is done badly.

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

polarglen on May 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

of course, that would be Sgt. Schultz

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

bho knows what’s going on, bho doesn’t care! He lets others make decisions and if they work out bho takes credit, if they don’t someone gets blamed not him!
L

letget on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

If they don’t understand this, then I’m complicit.
 
rogerb on May 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

 
Addendum:
 
If they don’t understand this and they believe they can do questionable/illegal things with my unspoken blessings because they know hardly anything will happen to them, then I’m complicit.

rogerb on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Axlerod finally agrees with the TEA Party that government is too big.

lilium479 on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

Yeah, I hear ya David….you know, I’m sure you felt the same
way when Bush was targeted for Valerie Plame, right?

Oh, and from the “every Democrat lives in someone’s Rectum”

Charlie Rangel says Obama “needs to come clean”

HAAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hey Charlie, I did not see the massive Lightning Bolt
that struck you as you were saying that..bet it lit up
the whole Eastern half of the U.S…..

ToddPA on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

Der Fuhrer Dear Leader does not have time to spend on bureaucratic details. But you can be sure that when he learns mistakes have been made he will quickly get to the bottom of it, correct them, and dispense firm disciple where needed.

And there’s this phenomena, which basically describes how the Chicago Machine operates …

Working towards the Fuhrer

The government of Nazi Germany gradually formed into a process known as “working towards the Führer”. Although Adolf Hitler was the ideological force behind the Third Reich, as leader of the country, he often deferred making decisions, avoided clear delegation and allowed subordinates to compete with one another, especially in the pre-war years. Therefore, a system of government was formed whereby leading Nazi officials were forced to interpret Hitler’s speeches, remarks and writings on government policies and turn them into programs and legislation. Any government member could take one of Hitler’s comments, and turn it into a new law, of which Hitler would casually either approve or disapprove when he finally heard about it. This became known as “working towards the Führer”, as the government was not a co-ordinated, co-operating body, but a collection of individuals each trying to gain more power and influence over the Führer…

The process allowed more unscrupulous and ambitious Nazis to get away with implementing the more radical and extreme elements of Hitler’s ideology…. Protected by Joseph Goebbels’ extremely effective propaganda machine, which portrayed the government as a dedicated, dutiful and efficient outfit…

Through staffing of most government positions with National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) members, by 1935 the German national government and the Nazi Party had become virtually one and the same…

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

You know what we need…we need regulations to control the actions of government agencies, and a new government agency to write and enforce those regulations. It would be a cabinet level post called the Agency Security Agency. The ASA would be responsible for watching all of the other government agencies and reporting any nefarious activities back to the president. It would need at least 400 billion annual funding paid for by a tax on government interactions. Every time a government employee does something for you, you would pay a $0.10 tax. (insert joke about the agency being woefully underfunded here. The problem is not that the government is too big, the government just doesn’t have enough regulators and oversight. The ASA will correct that.

tdarrington on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

“Boy am I glad I got the hell out of that administration when I did.”

-Axelrod,Emmanuel & Gibbs.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

.
Note WHEN each of them left against the now emerging timeline of scandals …

… and then note the True Power Player who is still there and even some of the MSM have labeled as the most powerful person in the White House.

They left because Valerie Jarrett is the central figure behind ALL of the corruption and intimidation.

A nutcase like Nixon can be persuaded to resign.

Does anyone think the SCOAMF will be allowed to resign by his controller?

PolAgnostic on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

As pointed out, that is why Obama has a hand-pikced Cabinet who are placed in charged of their own departments. They, in turn, run those departments & report back to Obama in Cabinet meetings.

Obama put Holder – who has a long history of controversy, hiding things, & scandal – in charge of the DOJ. Holder goes on to perpetrate 3 Felony Counts of Perjury before Congress, is only save because the Justice Department refuses to do its job by pressing charges/enforcnig the law, & Holder becomes the 1st Atty General in U.S. History to be Censured (for his crimes)….AND…Holder is now up to his arse in both the IRS & Wire Tap (a la Nixon) Scandal.

Obama made Hillary ‘Most qualified to answer the 3am phone call’ Clinton in charge of the State Dept that has 20 Embassies overrun on the anniversary of 9/11, orders Marines at the Cairo Embassy not to carry live ammo, refuses to provide required security to an Ambassador who is attacked twice previously before by terrorists, & (in)directly causes the deaths of 4 Americans, to include the 1st Ambassador in over 30 years…

Obama placed lil’ Timmy ‘Tax Cheat’ Geithner in charge of the Treasury, the department Obama is now throwing under the bus as being responsible for the IRS scandal…which has been going on -as we know now -for 2 years.

According to Obama, none of these Cabinet Members knew what was going on in their own departments, never told him what was going on, & therefore he never knew. Incompetence, ignorance, scaldal-plagued Cabinet picks to begin with, all ending up with an avalanche of scandal, corruption, & crime that we are now watching…

If for no other reasons than they were incompetent & incapable of running their own departments these Cabinet members need to be fired &/or punished to the full extent of the law. For continuing their past scandal-plagued careers, continuing to spread their incompetence & corruption into future political positions they should be blacklisted, banned from holding any further political office. And jail time should not be off the table yet.

Obama, who appointed all of these clowns, who has failed so miserably at almost all levels in his administration, who has proven so inept & incapable of running the government, a feat every other President has been able to do before him, to some degree proven to be higher than he has been able to so far, should be immediately IMPEACHED, removed for criminal negligence, incompetency, ignorance, criminal compliance, & for being ‘where the buck stops’!

easyt65 on May 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

And yet, everything was Bush’s fault! Must be why Obama was on the golf course so much! He can’t be blamed!

fbcmusicman on May 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Just tweeted him…

@DavidAxelrod: ‘Government Too Vast For Obama to Control…’ THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT! Welcome to the limited government movement! #tcot #IRS

He has made the best argument for limited government that I’ve heard a Democrat make in, well, ever. I’m not sure that it was his intention, but thanks!

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Transparency in action.

acyl72 on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

So…umm…

http://twitchy.com/2013/05/15/report-irs-facing-class-action-suit-for-stealing-60-million-medical-records/

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The IRS is a criminal organization.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

So far, we’ve learned that Obama is a pathetic liar, horrible leader, and the government is too big. Can we have a “Do Over” on that election thing?

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

History’s greatest gun salesman is now demonstrating to everyone the virtues of limited government. This was not in the script.

Mark1971 on May 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Say what you will about Ax but let no man question the elephantine size of his balls.

Let’s not confuse Sweat Flop Say Anything Partisan Hackery with Big Ones.

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

Basically, the “if only Stalin Obama knew” defense.

However, would anyone dare to do anything they thought would displease Stalin Comrade O? Would Comrade O’s underlings do something they thought he would disapprove of? Or did they think they were doing his bidding? Assuming so, why would they think that?

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

If they don’t understand this and they believe they can do questionable/illegal things with my unspoken blessings because they know hardly anything will happen to them, then I’m complicit.

rogerb on May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

It doesn’t matter if you know who’s ass to kick if everyone knows that no asses will ever be kicked.

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

So much for the smartest guy in the room nonsense, eh? Back to the Choom Gang Obama.

pat on May 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

They’ve lost control.

This is the Wehrmacht sending in wave after useless wave of tanks at Kursk, rolling past the smoldering and blasted remains of the last wave.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Funny….the size of the govt. didn’t prevent BHO from taking credit for OBL’s demise.

Deafdog on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Hey! Maybe we could fix that, you know? Let’s just reduce the size of the government until someone like Joe Biden could just about manage it.

GWB on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

This is like the 2012 campaign all over again, with Obama and his cronies just making up stuff and hoping something sticks. I’m surprise Stephanie Cutter hasn’t crawled out from whatever rock she’s currently under to offer some more absurd excuses for this administration.

heretic on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I hope that HA gets a lot of attention from both sides of the political spectrum because this place is really good at pointing out the sometime idiocy of politicians.

ay what you will about Ax but let no man question the elephantine size of his balls.

I don’t think its chutzpah but ignorance. How about the dinosaur size of his brain. He doesn’t talk to people who will ever give him an argument!

Vince on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

LOL. This stuff has been going on since Barky’s 2008 campaign and it got dragged into the feral government the minute the ineligible Indonesian started occupooping the Oval Office.

“Get in their faces!”
“Punish your enemies!!”
fishy@whinehouse.gov

Buses of union thugs sent to private banking execs’ lawns.
Buses of union thugs sent to the Wisconsin state house.
Attacks from the Oval Office on private individuals (everyone of which Barky got his azz handed to him … but it didn’t stop the idiot).

Joe the Plumber’s private government information rifled through and released to the media not two days after Barky stumbled onto Joe’s lawn and uttered his idiotic, anti-American, third-world “spread the wealth”.

Pictures of Gitmo interrogators given to terrorists.

And on and on and on.

It’s well past jail time for Barky and his whole criminal administration. Well past.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Mitt Romney is to the left of Obama on Social Issues.

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I disagree. NObody’s to the left of Obama on anything, really. He’s about as moonbat fringe as you can get. And it’s all coming unraveled before our eyes.

ddrintn on May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

So…umm…

http://twitchy.com/2013/05/15/report-irs-facing-class-action-suit-for-stealing-60-million-medical-records/

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

All your Viagra prescriptions are belong to us.

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

We might actually get some leverage for reform, oh please! Oh Please!

kirkill on May 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The IRS is a criminal organization.

A federally recognized, abetted and legal extortion racket.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

So…umm…

http://twitchy.com/2013/05/15/report-irs-facing-class-action-suit-for-stealing-60-million-medical-records/

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

All your Vi@gra prescriptions are belong to us.

Lily on May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Yep, Rombo sucked bigtime, but he was light years better than the power freak in office now.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The uproars over alleged politicization of the IRS and far-reaching attempts to monitor journalists and their sources have not been linked directly to Obama.

Is it still alleged when they have admitted it?

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Hey! Maybe we could fix that, you know? Let’s just reduce the size of the government until someone like Joe Biden could just about manage it.

GWB on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I think that would even be too small for this small-government conservative.

Chris of Rights on May 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

A federally recognized, abetted and legal extortion racket.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

When the IRS steals medical records, asks what citizens are reading, what they are thinking, etc…

They are common criminals.

tetriskid on May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Smile, Conservatives.

We were right…all along.

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Obviously Axelrod is a right-wing, small-government kook. Look for the IRS to audit him pronto.

CJ on May 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Axelrod: How could Obama know what his underlings were doing when the government’s so big?

Without a clue, Axelrod attempts to throw the entire federal government under the bus.

farsighted on May 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Which is probably why Mitt Romney didn’t win. Where there any scandals of his using government agencies or his vast wealth to do anything illegal? I don’t understand the correlation.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

We have three high-ranking bureaucrats in the IRS caught lying to congress. Lois Lerner know for two years and still lied to Congress.

People don’t risk their career to protect people BELOW them in the org chart. Particularly not THREE people.

crosspatch on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

The first half black president turns out to be a thuggish incompetent turd. So much for PC.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I’m putting a flower and a bow on my tin hat!!!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

This is too funny.

The dirty is calling for the more dirty to come clean.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

When the toughest part is picking which scandal to read about, it is truly good times.

ORconservative on May 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I’m putting a flower and a bow on my tin hat!!!

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Just as long as you don’t go around singing “Daisy” to that flower. ;-)

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Maybe we’ll finally get that Columbia U. transcript proving just how stupid Barry is and how he couldn’t possibly mastermind widespread IRS intimidation for political gain.

Maybe, just maybe. :-)

Punchenko on May 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

How nice of Mr. Axelrod to so succinctly encapsulate Hayek’s Road to Serfdom

questionmark on May 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

We have what appears to be the staffing of the US government civil service with political partisans who have seemingly demonstrated a willingness to use the organs of government to punish political opponents.

The Democratic Party has become corrupt to its very core. It is little more than gangsters at this point. That party needs to be purged from power at all levels; federal, state, and local.

I have lost any faith in the notion of impartial, fair government services as long as Democrats are in control. Other political parties seem to have much less tolerance for this sort of corruption of the civil services, but for the Democrats, it seems to be a primary strategy.

crosspatch on May 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

When the IRS steals medical records, asks what citizens are reading, what they are thinking, etc…

They are common criminals.

Which can be said as a longstanding view of many pols on Capitol Hill:

“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” - Mark Twain

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

ORconservative on May 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

As a Conservative Blogger, I’m like Bill Haley’s one-eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store.:)

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Yep, Rombo sucked bigtime, but he was light years better than the power freak in office now.

Bishop on May 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

which is why during the primaries I was ABR … and after Mittwitt got the nomination I was ABO ….

conservative tarheel on May 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Darn! Why couldn’t we have picked up on that the government is just too darn big??!!!

Somebody should have said…something.

Axeman on May 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Oh that’s rich. The president had no idea of the scope of government when he decided to run? And once he got in office he’s done everything he can to increase the role of government at ever turn? Look what he’s done just to Homeland Security alone?

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Other political parties seem to have much less tolerance for this sort of corruption of the civil services, but for the Democrats, it seems to be a primary strategy.

crosspatch on May 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

That’s because, if everything were just about ideology and the Dems were honest about theirs, they’d never win an election.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The reason these scandals are being reported is because we are so transparent!” Right!

Deano1952 on May 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

It’s not a bad idea to review the track record here:

Fast & Furious- An EO was issued to protect Eric Holder from Congress.

IRS- The only reason for the IG investigation was Congressional pressure who were getting complaint after complaint about harrassment from the IRS over their tax-exempt status. They even created special units to track the pro-Israel Jews.

AP- Secret seizure of reporters personal phone records and that of their sources screams transparency and First Amendment rights. /

HHS- Illegal collection of money to fund Obamacare.

Benghazi- The administration still hasn’t come clean about that one. They continue to stick to talking points and continue to claim that the rat-eared passerby called it an act of terrorism from the very beginning.

AND ON-DECK:

EPA- Looks like they were giving some groups the same treatment that the IRS did.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Obama’s ENTIRE political career was built on leaking confidential and often “sealed” information on political opponents. That’s how he got elected in Illinois. He was running well behind in every single election at the state level until information was “leaked” about his opponents. It is how he operates.

What happened when Joe the Plumber spoke up about him in Toledo, OH?

You won’t find any smoking gun emails in the official archives. The good stuff is probably sitting in gmail accounts and has likely been deleted already.

crosspatch on May 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Anyone listening to the Holder hearing on Capitol Hill? Conyers of Michigan is babbeling along incoherently in his opening statement. Way to go MI.

D-fusit on May 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

The uproars over alleged politicization of the IRS and far-reaching attempts to monitor journalists and their sources have not been linked directly to Obama.

Last night Obama released this statement:

I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable. The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.

I’ve directed Secretary Lew to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again. But regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong. Public service is a solemn privilege. I expect everyone who serves in the federal government to hold themselves to the highest ethical and moral standards. So do the American people. And as President, I intend to make sure our public servants live up to those standards every day.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Now, all we need is

a.Proof that Obama was given Romney’s Tax Returns.
b. Proof that Obama was misappropriating funds to supply the Muslim Rebels with weapons in Libya.

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Great! Let’s grow the government even more! That way no one will know what anyone else is doing. /s

It amazes me that these idiots continue to acts as our “superior” overlords.

totherightofthem on May 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Steveangell on May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Mitt Romney was not elected.

BobMbx on May 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Smile, Conservatives.

We were right…all along.

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I dare say we will get at least one Oval Office speech soon. The rat-eared passerby will channel his inner Nixon and declare that he is not a crook.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2013 at 1:29 PM

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