Meanwhile, in ‘Merica

A few recent tidbits on the State of our Union.  You know, the government of the people, by the people, and for the people?  That government?  Yeah.  Well.

President Obama is mad that the GOP is suing him for breaches of executive authority.  He isn’t apparently denying that what he did was questionable (or that he will continue to exercise questionable power).  Instead, he’s blaming Congress for not working with him.  It’s their fault he has to break the law.  And they call him names.  

It’s been a long time since my civics class in high school, but it seems to me that this is how government is supposed to function, yes?  Checks and balances?  Perhaps President Obama hasn’t considered that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives (and the very narrow Democratic majority in the Senate) reflect the attitude of the American people towards his policies, and should be taken as a sign that he doesn’t have a mandate to do whatever he wants.   And I’m fairly certain that our Constitutional framework intends it to be this way, and does not simply make provisos for the President to do what he wants without bothering to get necessary Congressional approval. 

At least the other parts of our government are functioning properly though, right?  Hmmm.

Today the IRS admitted that it inappropriately disseminated private information by releasing a tax form for a non-profit organization to the press (as required by law) without  removing names of donors to the organization (as required by law).  The IRS is paying $50,000 to a private organization to cover that organization’s legal fees involved in bringing this case to court.  It is not a punitive fine of any sort.  A judge has determined that it wasn’t really all that big of a deal.  Accidents happen.  Though if you read the chain of connections in the article above, it seems amazingly coincidental that this information found it’s way into the hands of liberal publications, which made it public during a presidential election, when one of the presidential candidates (hint: it wasn’t President Obama) was linked to the non-profit in question.  

This is the same IRS who recently claimed to have lost all sorts of e-mails that it is required by law to keep hard copies of.  E-mails directly related to a probe of the IRS’ activity in scrutinizing conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle.  Information that might be very embarrassing not just to the IRS but to currently sitting politicians in very high places.  Like the Oval Office.  This despite the IRS spending over $4 billion dollars in the last few years to upgrade technology.  Yet because of budget squeezes, there wasn’t enough money for the estimated $10 million dollars necessary to ensure that the e-mails were adequately backed up.  

Bummer, dude.  



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