Of course we look like idiots. We’ve recently gone through a significant quantity of revelations about how our government behaves. We know they have spent more money than several drunken sailors, with apologies to any intoxicated sailors reading this blog. We still don’t have any idea on the earlier scandals that took place, and now we have a whole new series to look into. On top of that, the justice department has been asked to investigate themselves for any wrong doing. An IRS official calls their latest misapplication of authority, bad customer service. If that were true then the embassy incident in Benghazi must have been just feedback from dissatisfied constituency.
Is this the American version of Monty Python or Yes Minister?
- Fast & Furious – a “sensitive” cable, uncovered by WikiLeaks, dated June 4, 2009, in which the U.S. State Department asked Mexico “how the AR-15”, meant only for the military or police – was “diverted” into criminal hands.
- A deadly attack on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi displayed an absence of leadership to act quickly and decisively to protect embassy and security personnel. So far arguments over changes in media talking points has obscured the larger issues.
- The IRS has continued to dodge answering direct questions about using their power to reject tax exempt status to conservative organizations. Used the power of the audit and extremely long personal detail oriented application forms to intimidate and harass.
- Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook. Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007. A 41-slide Power Point presentation – classified as top-secret document trains intelligence operatives on “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers.
- IRS spent millions of dollars in expensive out-of-town meetings with lavish hotel accommodations for those in management. A new report’s findings shows the IRS spent close to $50 million on 225 conferences between 2010 and 2012.
This was sent to me in an email humor message which summarizes how many of us feel that still possess an ounce of common sense.
A Canadian Version of David Letterman’s Top 10
This is what other countries think of us, in this case Canada.
10) Only in America ~ could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.
9) Only in America ~ could people claim that the government still
discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black.
8) Only in America ~ could they have had the two people most
responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
7) Only in America ~ can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
6) Only in America ~ would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.
5) Only in America ~ could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”
4) Only in America ~ could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
3) Only in America ~ could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company ( Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
2) Only in America ~ could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.
1) Only in America ~ could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.
- Fast and Furious (U.S. government sale of guns to Mexico used in drug violence – ABC News)
- Let the Benghazi facts speak for themselves (Kansas City Star)
- Timothy Geithner Is Key To IRS Scandal (blacklistednews.com)
- IRS investigation takes nasty turn as more hearings loom (CNN Politics)
- How to Investigate the IRS (Wall Street Journal)
- 15 Shocking U.S. National Debt Facts Every American Should Know (bestcreditrepaircompanys.com)
- Wetumpka Tea Party leader says what IRS did was ‘un-American’ (al.com)
- IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman Aided Tax Cheat Charlie Rangel (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)