John Koskinen – IRS chief, email-shredder and Political Speech czar:
And Eddie the Alien – the logo of the Space Aliens Bar and Grill chain:
John Koskinen – IRS chief, email-shredder and Political Speech czar:
And Eddie the Alien – the logo of the Space Aliens Bar and Grill chain:
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Dear Saint Paul Parks:
Honestly, would it KILL you to brace new trees so they grow up straight?
This is why we can’t have nice things . . . .
It’d be tempting to make a “public employee joke” here, wouldn’t it?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
California students sued, claiming teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional.
“The students argued that they had terrible teachers who were nearly impossible to fire and who kept them from getting good educations.”
Students won in California. They’re talking about bringing an action in other states, including Minnesota. Can’t wait.
One can hope. But I have to think Education Minnesota has been more diligent about buying judges than California was…
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The IRS official email retention and backup plan is even dumber than mine, and I don’t have one.
I wish I could have the two hours of my life back that I spent sitting in meetings for my current company’s record retention policy.
Courtest of, among others, the IRS.
Now the Administration is claiming that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was lost, destroyed or recycled, so her emails may be lost forever.
I’m not a networking guy, but I still call BS.
…(in other words, the exact same level of backup to which any private entity would be required to adhere to by law, or face default judgment in the event of litigation, including (especially!) from the IRS, and the level of backup all levels of all serious business practice to make sure they can respond to legal action, to say nothing of things like, well, hard drives going bad)…
…had all been “lost, destroyed or recycled”, they’d have a point.
INCIDENTAL NOTE: This post is #11,000 since November, 2006. Apropos nothing.
If this were in Minnesota, the target would be a “Medtronic” logo .
Otherwise, it’s a perfect representation of Minnesota in 2014.
 Or any other smaller MN business as well…
They say that dissatisfaction with the status-quo – everything from trite “anti-incumbency” to a genuine disgust with the power-mad “House Of Cards”-like ways of Washington (which Obama certainly didn’t invent, but which he’s moved front and center as the defining feature of his reign) will be the driving force in this fall’s election, and possibly 2016 as well.
To ensure that it is, I submit to you a few exhibits that show with crystalline clarity the contempt Obama’s Washington establishement feels for the electorate, whom they seem to believe couldn’t wipe and wash without their help:
The Master Of The Universe: bit here, about yet another vapid, vacuous Obama staffer “slipping up and telling the truth” about his, and the Administration’s, view of the unwashed masses; it’s Tommy Vietor, one of the Administration’s spokes-drones:
“Iraq is just a ploy to distract you from Bergdahl which distracted you from the VA scandal which distracted you from BENGHAZI. Idiots,”
Seething contempt for the bitter, gun-clinging Jeebus freaks who’d dare question their betters? The little prick is soaking in it!
Look at his picture at the link above; you can tell the little fop went to Georgetown, hasn’t had a job outside politics in his life, and doesn’t even look out the window when he’s flying to the west coast.
He’s not the poster-child for tearing down the establishment – but only because there are so many other options.
The Brahmins: Juan Williams indulged in another of the left’s parlour games, “Let’s Compare Degrees!”, on “America’s Newsroom” last week; I’ll add emphasis:
WILLIAMS: It comes in a week in which she said they were dead broke when they left the White House, and that set off conservative blogs, and now this one coming from Rush Limbaugh. I don’t know if he wants to test his Mensa score versus Hillary. I mean, you know, she’s a big-time college grad. But I think what he’s trying to do is he’s trying to deflate a balloon here in that what he said later in that monologue was that Hillary Clinton is supposed to be the brightest woman ever, the most competent woman, and therefore she can be president, and he wants to take down that whole structure right now.
Did you see what Hillary! accomplished during her term at State?
Neither did anyone else.
Williams indulges the liberal conceit that believes the name on ones diploma confers, by itself, excellence. But most Americans know that the best thing, indeed the only good thing, that an “elite” education says about a person is that between the ages of 14 and 18 they lived a life that was perfectly calculated to win the attention of an admissions committee, knowing that four years of playing the paper chase would give them the one thing of value that attending an “elite” institution really confers; access to the alumni directory. And that’s the best thing it says about a person; in most cases – Hillary!’s among them – it means they were born into “Legacy” status (and if you read that and think “informal aristocracy”, you’re only wrong about the “informal” part).
For this good of this country, anyone with with an “elite” degree – or for that matter, anyone who’s been out of school more than three years who still talks about where they went to school – should be disqualified from public service. As should anyone who refers to “Mensa” score unironically.
Pay no attention to the utter lack of accomplishment, peasants.
So you want to effect some change in Minnesota politics? Perhaps right a wrong that you see?
What’s the best way to do it?
Spend years mustering supporters and changing public opinion? Like the Tea Party?
Or sit in tents out on the sidewalk, warmed only by relentless NPR coverage, like “Occupy?”
During an interview with the Post-Bulletin’s Editorial Board last week, Dayton said his sons Andrew and Eric Dayton have been making the case that tipped employees should be treated differently. His sons own the Minneapolis restaurant “The Bachelor Farmer.”
“It may be that we have to fine tune it. I understand my sons’ frustration with the tip credit issue. They make a very articulate case,” he said.
During the legislative session, the Minnesota Restaurant Association had pushed hard for a tiered tipped employee system. Under that proposal, an employee whose wages and tips equaled at least $12 per hour would be paid at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Dayton said his sons have said that the minimum wage increase means their wait staff will be making significantly more per hour than the dishwashers and other staff.
…I seem to remember a governor’s race four years ago. Where a candidate suggested exactly that. And was pelted with pennies, to the gleeful tittering of the local media and left (ptr).
So the next time you’re a liberal dilettante and you find your hobby restaurant is being financially stressed by the DFL legislature’s innumerate noodling in the labor markets, just make sure an assembly of oligarchic plutocrats gets Dadders elected!
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: By my count, this is the third or fourth law that Governor
Messinger Dayton had to sign to know what it’d do.
Jonathan Turley: Obama has become the president that a Nixon wanted to be – but never had the raw power to actually pull off:
What’s troubling is that we have a system that has been stable precisely because these are limited and shared powers. This president has indicated that he’s just not willing to comply with some of those aspects. He told Congress he would go it alone and in our system you’re not allowed to go it alone.
Nixon was ruthless at exercising power – but Obama has one thing Nixon could never dream of; a media that has taken it as a mission to serve as his praetorian guard.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Conservative makes film about Obama. Conservative gets prosecuted for trivial campaign contribution error. Democrats use the power of government to crush political opponents, same as any banana republic or communist state.
Reminds me of the guy in Washington DC who was convicted of possessing bullets for an antique muzzle-loader while big-shot Democrats go on television waving around assault rifles with impunity.
Good thing I’ve never said anything bad about any Democrat. I probably broke a dozen laws this morning already, starting with using too many gallons to flush the toilet when I took my morning DFL.
All that remains is for Obama to appear on a dais wearing a khaki uniform with eleven stars on the epaulette.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Since the right to an abortion and the right to bear arms are both fundamental Constitutional rights, this ruling should pave the way to institute some long overdue sensible restrictions on abortions: background checks with photographs and fingerprints, registration with the government, limit to one abortion per year, classroom training before the procedure . . . these are all required to possess a firearm so they should be required to obtain an abortion.
Next, I’d like to see the Star Tribune’s registration and the background checks on their reporters.
The worst part is the “reasoning” the judge uses. Citing a few mass shootings, but carefully avoiding the other 99% of the murders he uses as justification, those being the killings committed with guns that were not registered and will never be registered, carried and used by felons who can never legally own or carry. Nothing in these regulations will address the real problem; therefore, the regulations are not substantially related to a legitimate government purpose and should have been stricken down.
The epidemic of judges ignoring the Constitution is one we as a society are going to need to deal with if the Constitution is ever to really matter.
If the definition of corruption isn’t “abusing government power to achieve a political end that would never happen on its own“, then I’m not sure there is a meaningful definition.
The IRS scandal has been going on for a solid year now. And while people who care about such things – “such things” as honest, transparent, non-banana-republic government – are up in arms, the media has successfully gundecked the issue.
Let’s run it down:
There is only one word for this – corruption. The kind of thing that would make a Boliviancommandantegag up his skull with embarassment.
The IRS is not just a revenue agency — it is a law-enforcement agency, a police agency with far greater powers of investigation and coercion that any normal police force. Its actions in this matter are not only inappropriate — they are illegal. Using government resources for political ends is a serious crime, as is conspiring to mislead investigators about those crimes. But so far, other than holding Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to comply with the demands of congressional investigators, almost nothing has happened. The characteristic feature of a police state is that those who are entrusted with the power to enforce the law are not themselves bound by it.
Read the whole thing.
And confront what it really means. Conservatives have been warning for decades that goverment is becoming too big, too powerful, too much an end unto itself, with the whole goal of perpetuating itself.
It’s anti-American, and it needs to be treated as such.
The fact that someone has beaten me to giving the graduation speech I’ve always wanted to give – especially at a Minnesota school - is tempered by the fact that I will never be asked to give one.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
A buddy writes, regarding citizen journalist Andrew Henderson’s acquittal:
So one year and thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees later, he is acquitted of all charges. But where is the apology, the admission of wrong doing by the cops? Or the assessment of defense costs and fees?
Here is a little excerpt that perfectly, although I’m sure accidentally, portrays the abuse of process and authority of this whole thing:
Deputy Jacqueline Muellner, now retired, told the court that she confiscated the camera, stored it in her squad overnight and then in her work mailbox in an unsecure location for a day or two instead of the secure property locker.
Norgaard and Muellner said they were concerned about the patient’s privacy because it was a medical call.
They were so concerned about the patient’s privacy that she stole the camera and arrested the citizen, but then left the camera in sundry unsecured locations over the coming days while she worried about the invasion of privacy that the footage on the camera contained, and later discovered that the footage was somehow magically wiped. I’m not surprised it took the jury less than an hour to vindicate Henderson, her story has no credibility at all.
The larger issue is what to do about a law enforcement culture that sees itself as above the law. The officer violated Henderson’s First Amendment rights, using her authority as a government agent, then destroyed the evidence against her. What is it about Minnesota’s union-DFL-Big-Brother government that made her think she could get away with that?
The fact that they always do get away with it?
Mark Steyn on hashtag diplomacy:
Plenty has been written about all the things that this photo…
…says about the United States today. None of them good.
Steyn notes – as many have quoted – that it’s certainly not going to matter of inveighing Boko Haram (Nigerian for “So Long, Suckers!”) to “give the girls back”. Someone’s going to have to either engage in some incredibly tough negotiation (the Bokos know they hold the cards), or take them back, if they can be found (and it’s likely they can’t).
But he brought up two other points – both of them tying the Boko Haram kidnappings to a story I wrote about last week, in which a California school issued an assignment asking students to present evidence that the Holocaust never happened.
Being unaware of the background details, I thought it might juuuuuust be possible it was a debate point, asking kids to step outside their comfort zone (waaaaay outside) to debate a point.
It wasn’t, of course (I’ll be adding the odd bit of emphasis) not, and my vestigial faith in the integrity of public school teachers is, as all-too-frequently, wasted:
That’s never a smart idea. The California schools superintendent who wanted his Eighth Graders to turn in essays arguing that the Holocaust didn’t happen is called Mohammad Z Islam. That’s why they got the assignment, not because they wanted to turn themselves into the Oxford Union. As Laura Rosen Cohen pointed out, there are all kinds of lively topics Mr Cooke might propose for our schools: Did Mohammed exist? What’s the deal with his nine-year-old bride? But in the real world even mild questioning of whether Islam is a “religion of peace” is beyond the pale, and across the Continent the Holocaust is disappearing from school curricula.
That’s the problem. There’s no point winning an Oxford debate if the other side win everything else.
And he notes that modern eighth-graders rarely know what the Holocaust is, much less how to have an Oxford Union-style debate on the subject.
And of course…:
In 1984, George Orwell wrote, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
And it’s be hard to argue that the good guys are winning the present.
Conservative bloggers and talk radio have been warning about this for a solid decade now.
Obama telegraphed his intentions re the First Amendment long before he was elected – at least in re dissent.
And it’s still out there:
“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.
“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added…Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them, there is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”
As the conservative alt-media warned you in 2007, Obama and the libs currently in charge in DC want to sic the Federal Elections Commission on political media - which in a practical sense means “conservative media”, since the liberal media is the mainstream one.
All media has long benefited from an exemption from FEC rules, thereby allowing outlets to pick favorites in elections and promote them without any limits or disclosure requirements like political action committees.
But Goodman cited several examples where the FEC has considered regulating conservative media, including Sean Hannity’s radio show and Citizens United’s movie division. Those efforts to lift the media exemption died in split votes at the politically evenly divided board, often with Democrats seeking regulation.
And as Obama’s presidency grinds down, expect a lot more of this.
In an episode that’s getting national attention, near Cooperstown, ND (about 30 miles from the Berg ancestral home), a family dog lays on a lost boy, keeping him warm and dry until searchers could find him.
Which just goes to show you that even a North Dakota farm dog is smarter and more intrinsically human than some Saint Paul school administrators.
1988: Carl Rowan, the WaPo columnist with a long record of vicious attacks on the idea of civilian gun ownership, shoots at a teenager who was in his swimming pool.
2012: Barack Obama, while claiming the GOP is fighting a “War on Women”, pays his female employees much less than his male staff.
2013: DFL rep Ryan “Eddie Haskell” Winkler, who routinely attacks the integrity of his opponents on issues of race, calls accomplished jurist Clarence Thomas “Uncle Tom”.
2014: Media Matters, a George Soros-funded attack-PR firm which has spent years railing against “Right to Work” laws nationwide, brings in the big guns as SEIU tries to unionize MM4A’s underpaid drudge-workers:
Media Matters has retained a law firm whose focus is representing management in labor disputes. It’s forcing its employees into a secret-ballot election, which is the kind of vote card-check proponents like the good folks at Media Matters decry whenever Republicans insist it’s important to maintain.
But the year is still young!
31 years ago last winter, a shootout between US Marshals and neo-Nazi tax protesters brought an avalanche of federal law-enforcement to rural North Dakota.
Even then, long before the rampant militarization of federal law enforcement, the feds stomped about the place like an occupying army:
The police – and, as I recall, a North Dakota National Guard armored personnel carrier – had surrounded the farmhouse. A dog darted from an outbuilding; a policeman shot the dog dead. The gunshot sparked more gunfire, and before long the farmhouse was completely riddled with bullet holes. Finally, the police moved in…
…to discover the farmhouse empty.
Now, there was a “happy” ending; the manhunt ended with Gordon Kahl and an associate dead, and his family and accomplices serving long jail terms.
But I’ve wondered over the years – what if that manhunt would have happened at a time when everyone had the ability to publish, and broadcast video, in real time?
Ditto controversial federal law enforcement actions like Waco?
In another era, Bundy would likely have been quietly run out of business and – literally – lost the farm. Now, thanks to his own efforts in reaching out and the participation of media watchers around the nation, along with volunteers who showed up to help, he and his family may actually get a fair hearing and a chance to keep what they have worked so long and so hard for. But, as I said above, this one will be developing for some time to come if I’m right.
If nothing else? Today, if the government wants to do things in the night and fog, it has to stay in the dark and fog to do it.
Which may be good news, or it may be bad…
It’s about time the Feds got busy stomping out the scourge of people exercising their First and Second Amendment rights!:
Author Brandon Turbeville says he was approached by an individual who works in a Columbia, South Carolina gun shop to relate the story of how an FBI agent entered the store on Monday, showed his credentials, before proceeding to ask a series of stunning questions.
Telling the gun store worker he was tasked with visiting all the firearms outlets in the local area to check on “suspicious purchases” for counterterrorism purposes, the agent then began discussing what in actual fact were “completely normal transactions,” such as, “paying with cash, purchasing long guns, and other similarly innocuous behavior.”
The FBI agent then reportedly made a shocking remark that almost seems too chilling to believe.
“If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that. What we’re really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about big government,” the agent reportedly stated.
On the one hand, it’s just Infowars. So I’d normally assume at least some, er, “embellishment”.
On the other hand, it’s not one bit out of line with DHS Secretary Napolitano’s agenda this past five years.
I call it 50-50.
It’s time we observe the “progressive” movement’s foremost religious holiday, Tax Day!
It’s more than just the day the commoner pays obeisance to the debt we all owe Government. No - Tax Day is a ritualized sacrifice of the fruit of our labor, combined with the symbolic gesture of giving control of one’s livelihood and destiny to (what the left believes is) something bigger and better than mere people. Something that, though we and our aspirations may die, lives on, bigger and better than the sum of its parts.
So happy Tax Day, “progressives”!
I don’t really like politics.
“But Mitch – you write a bizarrely-prolific blog about politics! You host the top-rated radio talk show in the United States Surely you are obsessed with politics!”
Nope. Hate ‘em.
Can’t stand most politicians, either…
…well, no. That’s not really true. For all of the joking people make about the depravity of politicians, I’ve found most of the politicians I’ve actually gotten to know personally - most of them state and local, since that’s my social circle - to be perfectly good people. Some of them very, very much so.
“Operatives?” The staffers that work for politicians, and the campaign consultants and issue and organizations? They’re a mixed bag in many ways – some of them greasy and sleazy, some of them really good people – but they seem to share a furious focus and a brutal work ethic. I’ll give ‘em that.
But politics, itself? Never cared for it.
Partly because the best description of politics – the one I used to shake my head at 20-30 years ago, and attribute to the conspiratorial and overly-excited and the perspective challenged – is actually the best one there is; the monopoly on the legal use of force. While the line does get repeated by the conspiratorial, the jacked-up and those with warped perspectives, it’s also true; to paraphrase Kevin Williamson, if you stop paying your taxes or send your kids to a non-government approved school or build your house taller or wider than the local zoning ordinances permit or get your buzz on or produce milk or cut hair outside of current government tolerances, you will, sooner or later, if you carry on with it, eventually wind up with people with guns and handcuffs and tasers at your front door, ready to take your property, your money and your freedom with impunity.
There are really only two reasons I’m involved in politics:
So outside of local government – trying to inveigle Saint Paul into maybe plowing and patching streets, instead of building trains and refrigerated ice rinks in one of the coldest state capitols in America – my main goals out of politics are to…:
Try to bring the economy in for the softest landing possible: Remember those debt numbers? Of course you do – they’re like two grafs up there. Worse comes to worst, and people will look back on 1933 as the good times. The road back from debt like that is brutally difficult if you do it right – and let’s be honest, neither of our major political parties is going to do a damn thing about it (although the GOP pays the task the most convincing lip service, and I suspect contains the very few people who have both the chance and will to try to affect policy beyond the “lip service” (or, in the case of the big-L Libertarian party, “pipe dream”) level. And John Boehner isn’t one of them; of Minnesota’s current congressional delegation, Michelle Bachmann is the only one I’ve even heard try to explain the problem to voters. And she’s outta there in less than a year.
My main goal in politics is to try to do what I can to make sure my kids, and grandkids, and their kids, aren’t living on soup lines and scraping for change under bus seats because of our current government’s profligachy.
Shall Never Disappear From The Face Of The Earth: And it’s not just the economy, stupid; poor societies become ugly societies, but quick. If you think “majority rules” is an ugly thing today, at a time when even a long recession has left us more prosperous than any society in history, then mob rule during the mother of all depressions will certainly leave a mark on you.
Progressivism – and its much more evil older brother, Statism – never, ever wastes a crisis. It used World War I and the breakdown of European power to establish statist governments in major countries; the Depression allowed it to metastasize in a more benign form to the western liberal democracies and constitutional monarchies.
Imagine what everyone from George Soros on down the ranks to Alida Messinger could do with a complete collapse of the world’s lynchpin economy, taking down the entire world’s economic order?
I stay involved in politics because if good people don’t try to maintain some control of – again, being honest here – the state’s monopoly on force, bad people most certainly will.
And Yet…: The collapse of the economy doesn’t have to be all bad. The fact that government will be unable to afford to do much will mean that people will have to do things they way they did them – almost invariably better, at least in the US – before World War I.
I’m unstinting in recommending the book The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, by Kevin D. Williamson. In it, Williamson points out that not only did the private market, and just-plain-citiziens, do most of the things that government does today, but did it much better and much cheaper.
Wanna privatize Social Security? There’ll be your chance!
Wanna make welfare work-based, and end the decades of fruitless debate here in Minnesota? Oh, it’ll be work-based all right.
Education? A hundred years of government education modeled after the Prussian system (and intended more to stomp out radical immigrant allegiances and create “good citizens” than to “educate”), the literacy rate has scarcely budged – and when you consider than an eighth-grader in World War 2 (the average level of education back then) was more literate, and a better critical thinker, than most college Freshmen today, you can see there might be a better approach to the problem.
Healthcare? You do realize that fraternal organizations like the Elks, the Moose and the like, as well as religious organizations, not only handled group health 100 years ago, and did it almost as effectively as employer paid healthcare today (to say nothing of MNSure), but did it in such a way as to ensure the growth rather than stagnation of the medical profession, right?
Law enforcement? Yeah – the “Wild West”, where most “justice” and “law” was privately negotiated, was one of the most peaceful places and times in American history (provided you weren’t a native tribe; every premise has its gaps). Even Dodge City and Abilene – both were vastly more peaceful than the law-clogged, politics-dominated fever swamps of the coastal cities.
But Wait!: But don’t start bombarding me with Ron Paul quotes – because Libertarianism, especially the brutalist, Ayn-Rand-sodden variety popular among the Austrian-school fratboys that make up the driving force of the Big-L party these days (pushing out the raw milk and help set, although they share all sorts of rhetoric) is a loser with real people in the real world.
No, not liberty – the idea that we should be free, that our society should be a free association of equals, that we should all be equal in the eyes of the law and at the ballot box, and free to prosper according to our merit and energy. Those are winners for most people; that’s why most of our forefathers came here.
But today’s brutalist Libertarianism considers “community” a dirty word. Which is fine – except that humans are a communitarian species. We gather in groups, and establish rules amongst ourselves pretty instinctively. Don’t believe it? Watch a group of six year old boys playing in an open field. Libertarianism resonates with me in terms of keeping “the community” from taking over and running the individual’s life, and making sure the “community” is focused as close to the individual as possible.
And don’t get me started on the “anarcho-libertarians”, which is what too many of the Austrain-school fratboys think they are; while “anarchy” has a nice set of platitudes that pass for an “intellectual case”, they collapse over two key points:
No matter what stasis you and your similarly-anarchic neighbors find amongst yourselves, in your existences as lone gentleman farmers on your farms in the hypothetical social void, at some point someone who doesn’t have what you want is going to come along and want what you have. And they’ll realize that while you, Gentleman Farmer, are more than a match for him in a duel, he’s not going to come alone. This group – let’s say they’re Methodists, because we know how warlike and acquisitive Methodist theology is – comes in groups of 15-30, because they are not anarchists.
Human nature is not a construct. Evil exists. Not every human wants to take other peoples’ stuff by force – but enough do, that communities find it advantageous to band together to keep those pesky Methodists (or other aberrations of human nature) at bay.
Which involves rules. And the tension between authority and liberty.
And a world that doesn’t fit nicely into that anarchist worldview.
So there’s a conundrum.
The Problem, Of Course, is getting to the point where we, the not-stupid people, can drive society in a direction where, if (hah hah hah) and when the debt finally crushes our economy, it can recover in a direction that leaves us with more, not less, freedom.
More on that – much more – next week.
At any rate – that, and only that, is why I’m involved in politics, here or on the air or in my real life.
Beyond that, what’s the point?
And yet beyond that, what else matters?
 As measured in moral terms, not necessarily raw audience numbers.
The IRS Scandal was even less “balanced” than the media have been spinning it (emphasis added):
“Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS, while Tea Party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays. While some liberal-oriented groups were singled out for scrutiny, evidence shows it was due to non-political reasons,” according to the Oversight staff report, which was obtained by The Daily Caller.
“[T]he Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants,” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”
The media is doing everything it can to keep this scandal buried.
The bill that the Metrocrats chose to call the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act” passed the Senate.
Let’s look at what’s in a name. Because the name “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act” is intensely misleading – almost to a geometric fault.
There are so many names for this bill that are more appropriate:
The Redundant Feel-Good Act: Every school district already has a bullying policy. It’s the law.
The PC Payoff Act: This bill - probably soon to be a law – is a chit being paid back to the DFL’s supporters by the party currently in power, creating not only a protected class of students, but a super-di-duper protected class.
The Full Employment For Bureaucrats Act: This bill – which creates a huge unfunded mandate on top of all the others foisted on our school systems, to the point where many districts are nothing but mandate delivery systems with occasional spurts of “education” – will create a whole new class of administrators. And they’ll belong to unions, who donate their dues money to the DFL.
The Full Employment For Trial Lawyers Act: The bill makes the entire process of dealing with “bullying” even more legalistic than it already is. Legalistic means “designed to be controlled, and especially litigated (at an exquisitely expensive hourly rate) by lawyers”.
The Type-Cast Your Child For Life Act: Everything related to everything that can be defined as “bullying”, no matter how torturously, will become part of a child’s permanent academic record. Which will affect childrens’ future chances at higher education, jobs, the military, jobs requiring security clearances and the like, long after the child has grown out of whatever phase they were in when they were bullies (and that’s assume they were rightly and justly accused of “bullying”, since the bill is also…)
“Stasi Had The Right Idea!” Act: Anonymous informants? Giving those who accuse others of bullying complete immunity from consequences if it turns out that the accusations were fabricated?
The “Further Proof That North Dakotans Are Smarter Than Minnesotans” Act: Other states – including our grown-up neighbor, my home state of North Dakota – address bullying by addressing bullying, passing laws that address actual behavior rather than creating the infrastructure for a network of secret denunciations and…
The Ideology Police Act: …making all beliefs that don’t toe the PC line, especially personal religious beliefs, however manifested or stated, a form of behavior that needs to be watched and suppressed, overtly or subtly, “for the good of the children”.
The “Let’s Have More Bullying, Not Less!” Act: Bullying tends to go up, rather than down, in places with bullying bills.
The Metrocrat Power Grab Of 2014 Act: The bill – which does nothing to address bullying of children that isn’t already covered by existing policies – does coalesce more power to indoctrinate, to punish dissent from the state-sanctioned social views, and to extort more from the taxpayer in the bargain. And it does it during the last session during which the DFL is guaranteed absolute power.
Could someone in the legislature please see to this?