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This Scandal Really Matters

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It is not the specific actions of the IRS that should outrage you. It is merely the notion that any administration should order, condone, or fail to prevent or detect such actions, or that however many public servants were involved kept quiet for as long as they did. This is not public service; this is a horrendous moral and legal atrocity.


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Maybe it's the "second term curse." Maybe it's all just politics. Or maybe the reality of the Obama administration is finally making it into the mainstream. But it sure is a truckload!

1. Up to three weeks after the terrorist attack in Benghazi in September, 2012, the Obama administration was still referencing a YouTube video as the cause of violence that resulted in the death of four Americans. In fact, the administration knew that it was a coordinated terrorist attack even while the attack was in progress.

2. In an alleged attempt to find the source of leaks of classified information, the Justice Department spied on telephone call records of a Fox News reporter and his parents. In an act of legal jujitsu designed to keep the actions of the department secret, the Justice Department declared the journalist to be an unindicted co-conspirator, claiming that he was a "flight risk." In testimony before Congress recently, Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that he would not look favorably on targeting of journalists and had never been involved in any such actions. But in fact, Holder both discussed the idea and signed the affidavit that paved the way for the spying of the Fox journalist.

3. While claiming that he would reduce the data gathering of the Bush administration after the terrorist attack on 9/11, President Obama actually grossly expanded the "data mining," sucking in data about over a billion telephone calls every day.

That government officials claim that they are not using this data improperly provides no comfort. If they have the data, they can misuse the data — this administration, another administration, a rogue employee. If they have it, they will misuse it — to our great detriment.

Any of those... any of them, should make one nervous about our federal government, and defiantly unwilling to hand over more of our freedoms to Washington, the one that really matters... the one that dwarfs all others is none of those.

The One that Really Matters

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