Matt Towery

Yes, this is, in a way, an "impartial" decision that arises from the labyrinth of semi-judicial federal administrative law-like entities that live in federal agencies and departments. But do not be fooled into believing that agendas and obsessions can't be found within such entities as well.

And more to the point, we have just too many damn "entities" focused on too many issues at too many levels of federal government. In recent years they have seemingly risen as a full orchestra devoted to teaching all of us a lesson -- in obtaining health care, in how we create and use energy, in what foods we can eat, even in what tax-exempt organizations we can support.

So while the Iraq that our soldiers gave their lives to free and preserve was burning, our government focused on creatures of the ocean and finding backdoor ways to force football and baseball teams to change their names.

Oh, and they also managed to explain how the most important emails related to an all-but-certain targeting of taxpayers by the IRS somehow managed to vanish into thin air.

If this were a movie, an astonished audience would be left with a distinct impression that the lives of soldiers lost or the victims of mass murder in Iraq or the breach of the trust of taxpayers really didn't matter very much. More paramount would be the issue of the name of a football team.

I guess the movie could be entitled "Little Nero," after the Roman emperor who supposedly sawed on his fiddle while Rome burned. But then again, something similar to that title ("Little Caesar's") has already been used and would likely be deemed an infringement by the Trademark Board as offensive to pizza lovers.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery