the biggest loser---big govt
Axelrod: Government "So Vast," Obama Can't Know About Wrongdoing | RealClearPolitics
Obama's dangerous new narrative - Alexander Burns and John F. Harris - POLITICO.comObama’s critics now have a narrative — a way of connecting four discrete episodes to a larger point about this president’s leadership style and values. In other words, they didn’t merely happen on his watch but were in important ways caused by his watch.
And for the first time, this anti-Obama storyline is being presented in a way that might seem reasonable to people who are not already rabid anti-Obama partisans.
The narrative is personal. 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.
To stain reputations, presidential controversies usually need some kind of powerful connection to the style and values of the person occupying the Oval Office. Watergate was not a random scandal — it flowed directly from President Richard M. Nixon’s paranoia and contempt for law. No one who knew Bill Clinton in the decades before he became president would have been surprised that his second-term scandal involved weaknesses of the flesh. Under George W. Bush, the misjudgments at the outset of the Iraq War reflected an instinct for certitude and a disdain for dissenting views that started at the top.
In Obama’s case, the narrative emerging from this tumultuous week goes something like this: None of these messes would have happened under a president less obsessed with politics, less insulated within his own White House and less trusting of government as an institution.
some more thoughts from the chin stroking ponderers at politico and their experts:
"this reinforces the whole conservative argument that obama, or liberalism in the day of obama, or however you want to call it, represents something new and menacing"
"this lurch to the left, this hungry welfare state that’s now so out of control and is threatening our liberties"
"the fact that these controversies all arrive simultaneously could also help republicans pass a fairness test that previously has thwarted them"
cons think of govt like dmv and irs, libs like social security and the fire dept---irs and ap make americans think the former
how can you trust the govt with your health care if you can't feel safe from its politics
matt bennett, vp of third way:
you need to dump this guy“My view is that when Obama said, we’re going to have the most open and transparent and ethical government in history, he absolutely meant every word of that and means it today. But the government is a gargantuan, sprawling enterprise that does stupid things every day and some of that comes to light. Because all big enterprises do stupid things,” Bennett said.
He continued: “From Obama’s perspective and from the perspective of Democrats running for president in the future, it is very, very hard to figure out how to stop this kind of thing, because it’s probably not doable.”
wapo this morning:
What the IRS scandal means for health-care reform
choo choo!The revelation that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny has given fuel to Republican complaints of government overreach. It’s also given them more ammunition in their fight against the implementation of President Obama’s health care law.
Half of the billion dollars allocated to cover implementation of the Affordable Care Act went to the IRS. Starting in 2014, the agency will distribute subsidies for health-care coverage through state exchanges and issue penalties against individuals who do not get or businesses that do nor provide insurance.
The president’s 2014 budget calls for $1 billion more for the IRS, $440 million of which is intended to help with ACA implementation. A big chunk of that would go to updating and creating new information technology.
“What’s happened heightens fears about how the IRS will handle taxpayer information and wield its power when it enforces Obamacare starting next year,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Washington Examiner.
And, Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black tweeted: "IRS scandal begs the question: how can POTUS continue 2 support expansion of IRS power thru enforcement of Obamacare?"
Your'e seriously expecting random strangers on the internet to come up with information that's being kept close to the chest of Obama and his Chicago thugs ?
I mean if the House Committee who's in charge of investigating the IRS scandal can't get information on who's connected, as Obama and Holder and Hillary all claim they were somewhere else and it was done without their permission or even knowledge, how the hell is one of us going to come up with it ?
Obama, your President, has taken the approach of a 5 year old who just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Distraction , lies and disconnection.
Again, why did you folks elect him ?
" If no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else ? "