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The Federal Octopus
National Review ^ | 6/24/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 06/24/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT by markomalley

Edited on 06/24/2014 5:28:20 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

When IRS Commissioner John Koskinen arrogantly told Congress that he had no apologies for an agency that has targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, had a top-ranking bureaucrat take the Fifth Amendment, and destroyed its own correspondence, he meant it. Nor did Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA, offer any apologies for concocting a fake persona, replete with false e-mail identity (“Richard Windsor”), to hide her own communications. Kathleen Sebelius was likewise unapologetic after presiding over the ruined initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nor did she pay any consequence for campaigning for Democratic candidates while a cabinet secretary, in violation of the Hatch Act.


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TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 666; vdh

1 posted on 06/24/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT by markomalley
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2 posted on 06/24/2014 2:55:50 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Deb; Sir Napsalot; Kaslin; neverdem; EXCH54FE; 2ndDivisionVet; Rummyfan; smoothsailing; Hojczyk; ...
Under Obama (and with McConnell/Boehner submission), it is now a law unto itself.

VDH ping ...

3 posted on 06/24/2014 4:08:23 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: markomalley

Love VDH. Profoundly nails it every time.

Islam, Marxism, liberals/progressives have one thing in common in their respective religions.

Each condones and promotes lying when it serves their interests and goals.

When truth means nothing, all is lost.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 4:18:54 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: C. Edmund Wright; xzins; nathanbedford; Lakeshark
Ping to a VDH classic. He comprehensively reviews and exposes this lawless corrupt community-organizer administration for what it is ...

"... a new federal government that is a sort of rogue organism that exists for its own enhancement and is willing to do anything necessary to help those who help it."

McConnell and Boehner and every member of the GOP Congress should appear at a press conference on the steps of Congress and demand an end to this corrupt lawlessness.

5 posted on 06/24/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross
We should not be surprised.

The founders knew that governments grow more rapidly than the host and so the ability do demand resources was deliberately limited.

The Progressives introduced the Sixteenth Amendment to rectify that limitation.

This was analogous to angiogenesis in cancer - a permanent, ever-increasing source of nutrients.

A better analogy is cancer as it kills the host from within.

I'm actually surprised that we lasted this long.

6 posted on 06/24/2014 4:53:33 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: sten

VDH nails it.

Is anyone here really surprised? Cloward/Piven, Alinksy...

I once thought Atlas shrugging could change govt behavior, but at least at the Federal level they seem to encourage it.

The Gov Curley strategy on steroids...


7 posted on 06/24/2014 4:57:19 AM PDT by Geoffrey
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To: Servant of the Cross
>>> with McConnell/Boehner submission ....

The two lead the party's submission, but even the so-called Tea Party congress persons haven't done their jobs.

2010 election American people explicitly told them they got this one chance to right the wrongs done till that time by the most ambitious top executive this country has ever seen.

How far along have any of them done anything (I count three maybe making noises) to stop the tide? Obama and his merry band run the banana republic however they want to.

Those tea-party candidates I supported in the past two elections came running asking for more donations, that's what I told them. They've squandered their chances. No more political money, I'm spending it on myself.

8 posted on 06/24/2014 5:16:57 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot; All

/rant off (sorry)


9 posted on 06/24/2014 5:18:23 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Servant of the Cross; xzins; C. Edmund Wright; nathanbedford
A good line, but he doesn't give the scope of evil unleashed by this administration the right amount of depth with his mild description (I love VDH, but this is somewhat like pablum).

This is serious, we've never seen anything like this in this country. We have a deranged, demagogic, totalitarian leftist as our president who has turned everything he touches into pure drek, one who has manipulated ALL the organs of government to enhance the leftist lust for power. We have a GOP elite that doesn't understand the depth of evil it's confronting or is too comfortable with its perks to care. We have a media that cheers for the administration, bent on slathering lipstick on the pig and calling it a beautiful and desirous supermodel. We have a center right (often displayed here at FR) that is so fractured that it has no capacity to mount a serious challenge. Witness the reelection of Lindsay et al and the powerlessness we all feel on a daily basis.

This feels like a combination of pre WW II Germany, and post WW II England. The evil of Hitler coupled with the loss of national identity. We need to take some deep breaths, pray for sanity, pray for our country, and pray for the wisdom to come against this unleashing of evil.

10 posted on 06/24/2014 5:24:28 AM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Sir Napsalot

The ‘Tea Party’ is just in its beginning. Look at the history of the original Republican Party. It had the backing of some of the major newspapers of the era, and had its first success at the state and local level. Neither of these things is true yet of the Tea Party to that extent.

Like all movements started by non-professionals, there will be mistakes and exploiters. It will take time.


11 posted on 06/24/2014 5:29:08 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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