Ted Kennedy. Barney Frank. Rod Blagojevich. Eric Massa. Marion Barry. Dan Rostenkowski. Eliot Spitzer. John Murtha. Alcee Hastings. Anthony Weiner. James Traficant. Sandy Berger. Gerry Studds. Robert Byrd. Mel Reynolds. James McGreevey. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Robert Torricelli. Gary Condit. Bill Clinton. John Edwards. And those are JUST SOME OF THE ONES that got caught.
When asked about the recent Inspector General’s report on the IRS’s practice of targeting conservative groups, the president said: Hey! I just read about that!
Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, joined the program to discuss the ongoing IRS scandal. It turns out the IRS was more-than-friendly with Obama’s half Brother (and his charity) while they were targeting conservative groups for audits.
I have to start this post with a big caveat. I’m not a fan of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The international bureaucracy is infamous for using American tax dollars to promote a statist economic agenda.
Not only is the Hollande in praise of competitive currency debasement which mathematically cannot work if every country does it (not that it can work anyway without long-term consequences), he also wants to sell France government holdings "without ceding state control or influence over vital companies".
A breach of contract lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Mexico has been dismissed by an appellate court in Mexico, along with the $2.75 billion fine which was awarded to plaintiffs in 2012.
On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his "biggest priority" was bringing the "folks" in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to "justice." Tick, tock, tick, tock.
So, we are to believe that it is just a coincidence that tea party groups oppose the Obama administration and for 27 months, beginning in March 2010, the Internal Revenue Service didn't approve even one tea party application for tax-exempt status?
If anything has been shown through the he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity and error is that when government and politics gets involved you can expect the he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity and error.
Grief and politics don't mix. When raw, aching grief and the dirtiest kind of politics meet, a hot volcano of pain and outrage erupts that is unstoppable. But it is necessary. It is the only way things might ever be clean again.
Our president is one cool customer, careful to stay a little distant from his Scandal of the Day, sidestepping any embarrassing questions rather than confronting them, analyzing his critics rather than answering them, looking down on the political circus even as he stars in it. And he does it all so smoothly.
Barack Obama's second term may be remembered more for his scandals than for anything else he's done thus far in his troubled presidency.
If the vanishing of an artificial supply of money crashed the markets and the economy once, what stretch of logic is it that has people believing it will not crash again?
When one takes a step back and looks at the broad sweeps of economic and financial history, then speculations about whether this manager is in or out, or this company will beat or meet or miss expectations, or what will be in this month’s ISM or GDP revision all sort of fade away, and a bigger picture emerges.
No matter what the tax rates have been, in postwar America tax revenues have remained at about 19.5% of GDP.
Good news is bad news, and bad news is good news. . . It’s getting kinda hard to keep track of it all. Also, Dan Epstein from Cause for Action joined John to talk about Obama’s most recent nominee for Labor Secretary.
“We have a large government,” political consultant David Axelrod offered as a plea of ignorance to all of the scandals swirling around his boss. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”
President Obama is suffering the not untypical reality of Second Term blues, or blahs. His administration is beset by scandals, foreign and domestic.
President Bill Clinton, perhaps forgetting he had the most powerful platform in the world, became irate during one radio interview with KMOX in St. Louis in May 1994.
Within those victimized (and now vindicated) Tea Party groups is rage but also a sense of satisfaction that they have been proven correct.
What do the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal have in common? They were both about winning elections, under false pretenses.
Freedom of the press included the press freedom to obfuscate for and excuse Obama and Holder while the administration was suppressing those other parts of the First Amendment that apparently has nothing to do with the press at all: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
It was the pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.
So, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups (or, more precisely, groups displaying a bit too much gusto for limited government) was far more widespread than its initial apology would have led Americans to imagine.
A liberal in 1962 and one today are likely two different animals. But the concept of those who feel their own sense of "manifest destiny" to be that of imposing their better judgment on everyone else remains a problem in 2013.
How odd! There I was, Saturday evening in the Windy City at a fundraising event for the Chicago Rowing Foundation, and who do I encounter but the mayor of Chicago, His Honor Rahm Emanuel?
Dennis Prager and others have done an excellent job of highlighting the genuinely anti-Semitic content of a recent Church of Scotland publication entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land,’” and has even called it “ugliest depiction of Jews since medieval times.”
As the Obama Administration juggles multiple scandals – Benghazi, IRS, and now the AP – the pack of lies that the President told to sell ObamaCare will likely go virtually unnoticed.
Here’s another entry for our UK vs US Government Stupidity Contest. Or perhaps it belongs in the great-moments-in-government-waste category.
The story of Detroit must be followed closely because of its economic and moral implications. The economic part is not just what's happening at this very moment but policies and ideas that brought the former Paris of the West to the point of state takeover.
France slipped into its third recession in four years as Germany barely went into positive territory, underperforming general expectations.
I was shocked to see that some of the fusty, dusty relics are not blissfully sitting in their Barcaloungers, enjoying can after can of gourmet cat food. Apparently, their Barcaloungers have been repossessed, and they can't afford to buy cat food, so they're looking for tips on how to look for a job
After 4 ½ years in office, Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. President, has endured Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the current IRS targeting scandal, and now the Associated Press phone hacking dilemma, all to hang his mantle on. These are what we know of so far.
How about Rubio explain the hidden rays of sunshine that will appear by applying "dynamic scoring" to his amnesty bill?
On Tuesday night the report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on the great Tea Party purge was released.
Stop the money machine, we’d like to jump off please. That probably sums up what many taxpayers are hoping will be the result of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee renomination hearing for Export-Import Bank President and CEO Fred Hochberg.
It's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'.
Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who are accused of setting the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon, attended the University of Massachusetts. Maybe they hated our nation before college, but if you want lessons on hating America, college attendance might be a good start. Let's look at it.
One of the earliest pieces of literature that contributes to the history of Social Security is Time Magazine’s Pie from The Sky, an account of a House Committee hearing called to deal with “reforming” Social Security. The hearing was held four years after passage of the Act and before even a single check was written to old age beneficiaries.
As they say, “old habits die hard,” especially on Capitol Hill, where legislators are once again trying to sneak a dangerous new national identification database into law, under the public’s radar.
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family.
This week saw the utter implosion of the Obama second term. First, a hearing for whistleblowers over the Benghazi terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, revealed that the White House had failed in their duty to provide security to Americans on the ground in Libya.
The scandal surrounding the Obama Administration’s actions in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11, in which four Americans died at the hands of an al Qaeda mob– as the President and the Secretary of State declined to send any kind of military help – is finally getting the coverage it deserved from the start.
In a column published on Sept. 18, 2012, I argued that verified tactical military details of the engagement, the iconic date itself, and subsequent, very explicit statements by Libyan government authorities, left no doubt that on 9-11-2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi suffered a planned attack by an organized anti-American militant Islamist militia.
New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become an interesting urban social engineer.
The widening web of lies, deception and abuse of power in the IRS's outrageous targeting of conservative groups in the 2012 election cycle may be just the tip of the iceberg.
In 1969, hippies and the Vietnam War were abstractions to me, glimpses from photos in an occasional Life Magazine. I had not heard about the Weathermen.
Last week, when the Colorado General Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation aimed at taxing and regulating marijuana, it also passed a bill redefining when cannabis consumers are considered too stoned to drive.
If you pay attention to economic debates you know by now that a celebrity historian named Niall Ferguson made some off-hand comments at a financial conference in which he linked John Maynard Keynes’ homosexuality to some flaws in his economics.
Three new generals in a year is a highly unusual turnover and a strong indicator that the senior ranks of the armed forces are unsettled. What is certain is that the general most associated with aggressive confrontation has been replaced.
Barack Obama dismisses the continuing criticism about the Benghazi cover-up as a "sideshow" that is politically motivated by the GOP. He claims that his administration has been completely truthful about the scandal that cost four American lives on September 11, 2012. There is nothing more to tell, or so he says.
I like to think I’m a reasonably savvy observer of public opinion and international economics, but every so often I’m stunned by some bit of data.
It may seem hard to believe, but when you tell children that results don’t matter, so long as they gave it a good effort. . . They grow up believing it. When you give every child a ribbon, they are denied any lesson in competition. And, believe it or not, competition is a very real part of succeeding.
The fact that the IRS singled out conservative groups for audits is troubling enough. But the fact that government is big enough to get away with it for three years. . . That’s unacceptable. Michael Schaus, filling in for the absent John Ransom, explained why even Liberals should be afraid of larger government.
Throughout Barack Obama's tenure as President of the United States and throughout every major scandal during that time period, nobody important in his administration has known anything important about anything...important.
The trial of post-birth abortionist Kermit Gosnell got a rare mention on the network news Monday after a Philadelphia jury found him guilty of murder.
There can be honest differences of opinion on many subjects. But there can also be dishonest differences. Last week's testimony under oath about events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 makes painfully clear that what the Obama administration told the American people about those events were lies out of whole cloth.
Are snowboard instructors key to American immigration policy? Well, they're important enough to be specifically included in the Senate bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration reform bill.
1) I think if the government is going to take a big chunk of the money that people earned to waste on programs that they’re going to get no benefit from, it should say "thank you" instead of complaining that those people are still not "paying their fair share."
In case you're hiding under a rock, you should know that an audit conducted by the inspector general for the Internal Revenue Service has found that IRS officials targeted for scrutiny certain groups critical of the administration.
In his defense of President Obama, Press Secretary Jay Carney is beginning to sound a lot like Ronald Zeigler, Richard Nixon's spokesman. Carney only has to use the word "inoperative," as Ziegler did when incriminating evidence surfaced that proved his previous statements untrue.
Earlier this month, the Church of Scotland issued a report titled "The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the 'Promised Land.'" The essence of the report is that according to the Bible, Jews have no more attachment to the land of Israel than anyone else. Hence "promised land" is in quotation marks in the report's title -- because there is no promised land.
Last Sept. 11, a terrorist attack left four Americans dead at the Benghazi, Libya, diplomatic mission. The next day, a State Department official wrote in an email, "The group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists." Days later, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows and blamed an anti-Islam video for the violence, even though others in her own department knew better.
Now we know. Or at least we know more than we did about what happened at Benghazi, and, even more telling, what happened afterward. And there's doubtless more to come. With each congressional hearing, with each appearance by another whistleblower, the picture becomes more complete.
The national news media haven't discovered it, but the issue that is bringing out hundreds of citizens who never before attended political meetings is Common Core (CC). More precisely, it is the attempt of Barack Obama's Department of Education to force all states and schools to adopt specified national education standards for each grade level that will dictate what all kids learn and don't learn.
Just days after a terrorist bombing and subsequent manhunt gripped Boston and the rest of the nation, one would think city leaders would be hesitant to honor radicals seeking to overthrow the government and the capitalist economic system.
I visually wandered through my biography collection of the Presidents of the United States in order to determine what I would read next. I was overdue to once again experience “time travel” and see, feel, and be part of our nation’s past through the eyes of its chief executive. In fact, I try to do that every few weeks.
A new language was introduced in Washington when President Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the President’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics.
Now that the market has entered into the short squeeze phase, flatfooted bears will speak of its irrationality as further proof it's going to end up battered. In the meantime, we enter this week with the raging bears demurring: "Look Ma, still standing."
Are there any fact checkers at the New York Times? Since they’ve allowed some glaring mistakes by Paul Krugman, I guess the answer is no. But some mistakes are worse than others.
Even if stock prices stay flat, this will be a big week for the S&P 500, because this is the week that three of the largest companies that compose the market-cap weighted index will be determining who owns their stock for the purpose of paying out dividends for 2013-Q2.
Is the Marketplace Fairness Act really about fairness? John Ransom spoke with Betsy Laird, the Lead Lobbyist for the International Council of Shopping Centers, about the Internet Sales tax that passed the Senate. (Oh. . . And they didn’t really see eye to eye.)
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is on the list of potential Democratic presidential candidates compiled by the extraordinarily astute Prez16.com.
Last week Senator Warren proposed a bill to allow student loan interest rates to stay at artificially low levels of 3.4%, preventing them from doubling on July 1st of this year. This new bill has been met with much enthusiasm amongst the hard progressive left.
The U.S. government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers based on special interests. Unfortunately, government agencies often lack the oversight necessary to prevent agency officials from making choices that are free from corruption.
In states across the country, governors and state legislators are being pushed by the Obama Administration and special interest groups to expand Medicaid. Ironically, a federal government running massive deficits is enticing these governors and state legislators with the promise of 'free money.'
The only way I know we still live in a relatively free nation is that, at times, the truth does come out. The IRS announced that, yes, it did give extra scrutiny to tax returns that included the name "tea party" or "patriot" as part of their exempt applications.
“Being on President Nixon’s enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received,” the actor Paul Newman once remarked. America’s 37th president had a fascination, some might say an unhealthy obsession, with the perceived enemies of his administration.
What were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton thinking? Why did they keep pitching the line that the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans started as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video?
His life and presidency can only be understood by recognizing this Obama idée fixe goes beyond merely his ideology and merges into that of his personality. Because only when one realizes that he personally identifies with his ideology in the same way that he identifies himself as a father or husband, can one finally understand how tightly he clings to it.
People who travel overseas with any regularity know how difficult it is to keep up with news from the U.S. CNN International runs Anderson Cooper and other domestic programs, but the news inserts are for, as the name suggests, and international audience - not for travelling Americans.
When NBA basketball player Jason Collins recently announced to the world that he’s sexually attracted to other men, Michelle Obama tweeted, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” Jason even got a personal call from the president.
Not too long ago, trashing George Bush was a Hillary-approved form of patriotic dissent. Back in the day, progressives and Move On types competed proudly and exuberantly to vocalize their Bush hate, all to the national media’s approving, saturation coverage.
Why is it always such a shock when news emerges that the government is doing something underhanded and illegal? The allegations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny have now expanded to the uncovering of the fact that they were also singling out Jewish groups that were pro-Israel.
U.S. teens have not been included in the economic recovery. From the total employment peak in November 2007, nearly one and a half million jobs held by teens disappeared by October 2009. That number of lost jobs for teens has since increased to 1,607,000
Conservative and libertarian scholars are clashing over the findings and political implications of the new Heritage Foundation immigration study. The study, however, also provides a very useful exploration into how massive the American welfare state has become.
Last week I discussed the tendency for policymakers to treat the Pentagon like a giant jobs program. It was prompted by an article from the Associated Press on members of Congress shoving unwanted upgraded Abrams tanks down taxpayers’ throats because retooling tanks sustains jobs back in the district.
In 2011, members of Congress began criticizing a proposed IRS rule implementing ObamaCare’s health insurance tax credits. The same man that defended the IRS's ability to tax, borrow and spend without explicit legislative approval, has also denied any bias toward conservative groups.
Eurozone imbalances continue to grow even as German exports slump. Why? German imports slumped even more, and the German current account surplus grew.
Ten California teachers are suing to break one of the strongest iron triangles in American politics, where the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers’ union supports candidates and referenda, and that leads eventually to the teachers getting better pay, benefits and working conditions.
Indiana’s new Governor Mike Pence has signed in to law a bill that will “pause’’ the state’s involvement in the nationwide Common Core education agenda. That fact that this is happening in Indiana has some very specific political significance, while the fact that it is happening at all has broad ramifications.
Hillary better thank her god, The Father of Lies, that she’s not a conservative like Sarah Palin, because if she were a conservative, after last week’s blistering testimony against her by the Benghazi whistle blowers, all news outlets, far and wide, would be yelling “off with conservative Hillary’s head”.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said in an interview in Warsaw that Russia is filling already existing contracts and has the right to sell to the Asad government, still the only legitimate government in Syria.
Polls repeatedly show most Americans believe that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, yet policy gets in the way of democracy and prevents practical solutions.
Over the past several weeks, we've identified three potential wild cards that could affect stock prices in a positive way in the margin of our favorite chart. In just the last week, we've seen evidence that all three of these wild card factors may be coming into play.
I’ve written many times about how investors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and other successful people migrate from high-tax states to low-tax states. Well, the same thing happens internationally, as France’s greedy politicians are now learning.
It should be obvious, to anyone reading this, that Spain is in an economic depression as well as bankrupt. It is equally obviously that eurozone imbalances and a flawed treaty are to blame.
When the data says one thing and the symptoms continuously say another, it makes sense to question the reliability of the instruments.Although our government-supplied data suggests we are experiencing low inflation and modest economic growth, the economy shows symptoms of low growth, rising prices, and diminishing purchasing power.
In an ode to the Julia mindset of American Lefties everywhere, the Obama Administration sent out a Mother's Day Tweet mentioning free birth control. Because nothing screams “Happy Mother’s Day” like a box of contraceptives.
It's a tale of Nixonian reactionaries using government to suppress their political adversaries to establish a fascistic state. Er, no. It's a tale of Obamanian "progressives" doing the exact same thing.
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