BHO: "Tyranny Does Lurk Around the Corner"
This is not gotcha politics. This is not about our saying "I told you so" anymore than it is about accepting a bland apology for the egregious and (probably criminal) transgressions committed against (potentially) every American by one of the strongest - hence scariest - government agencies - the IRS.
Those apologies are empty and meaningless. Every tax payer who's been targeted and /or caught has apologized. The IRS is not known for its magnanimity and the same fate - ask Wesley Snipes, et al - should befall ALL of those complicit in this IRS - Tea Party scandal.
The IRS is already inefficient, and yet will face even greater responsibility as part of Obamacare's massive government expansion. Some 16,500 new agents have been added and will have the power to determine which enforcement mechanisms to use, as well as who to audit and who not to.
Former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," "How can you put Obamacare under the Internal Revenue Service?
"Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can't trust the bureaucracy with your politics? There are bureaucrats in the IRS who are capable of ruining your life while lying about it."
"Americans should remember that this same corrupt IRS will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare," Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page Friday. "Forgive me for not trusting these big government promises any more than I trust the White House's latest Benghazi spin or the IRS' fairness."
Congress must vote to stop this dangerous plan before it becomes reality. One shudders to imagine who they might decide to target for Bill collection and auditing.
"Apologies" seem more empty in light of:
Democrats Block Sen. Paul's Resolution Condemning IRS
Today, Senate Democrats placed a hold on Sen. Rand Paul's recent resolution that condemns the targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and calls for an investigation into this practice....
May 15, 2013
"This resolution is not about Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It is about arrogant and unrestrained government vs. the rule of law. The First Amendment cannot and should not be renegotiated depending on which party holds power," Paul said in a statement.
No. this is a wake up call to resolve - or succumb to - conflicts that have been building over the past five years and threaten to either destroy this great country from within or make us overcome our petty differences and renew our path as the greatest country in the world.
Apparently, it took an act that directly threatened the continued existence of the Fourth Estate - the media - to provoke them into behaving like journalists. The overly broad, overly long spying on AP employees' phones (personal, work, children, etc) - without ever revealing the "threat to national security" for which they were searching was the wake up call. So, while there is presently much indignation and angst over these intrusions, it remains to be seen if this is a true epiphany or if they will revert back to their role as water carriers for the Obama Administration. As more truth is grudgingly extracted from this "promised" most transparent administration, there may well be an internecine fight - Clinton v. Obama - for their affection (loyalty) and to see who gets blamed and who gets supported.
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Not very reassuring when leaders from his own party say things like:
Maxine Waters Confirms "Big Brother" Database 2013
Feb 7, 2013
"The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before..."
"Sometimes Tyranny Does Lurk Around the Corner"
President Obama's own - prescient? - words about tyranny to the graduating class at Ohio State University on from last week (5-13):
This is the moment to rally our base and even befriend good folks from the other side of the political aisle. We are all in danger.
Remember the words of Ben Franklin, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."