President Says He’s Shifting Focus To Domestic Issues; How About Providing Answers About Those IRS, NSA Scandals?

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Last week, President Barack Obama said that the United States should not let the international controversy surrounding Syria distract from domestic priorities. Of course, his views of what’s important at home probably aren’t the same as many American citizens’.

“Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there, it is still important to recognize that we’ve got a lot more stuff to do here in this government,” the President said.

Obama said that he will rapidly shift his focus to the budget, immigration and implementation of his signature healthcare legislation as he waits to see if talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are successful in drawing down tensions over Syria.

Since the President has a newfound focus on domestic issues, here are two things Obama could take the time to respond to since he is taking a break from beating his war drum:

National Security Agency Spying

In the time since Obama set about kicking off World War III, there have been further developments in the National Security Agency spying scandal revealing that the secret courts set up to keep the government in check were routinely misguided and ignored.

From 2006 to 2009, NSA analysts and supercomputers sifted through more American phone records than they were allowed to, often searched databases of phone records without even realizing they had and routinely shared search results with people who weren’t authorized to see them.

“The government has compounded its noncompliance with the court’s orders by repeatedly submitting inaccurate descriptions of the alert list process” to the court, Judge Reggie B. Walton wrote in a recently declassified 2009 ruling. “It has finally come to light that the F.I.S.C.’s authorizations of this vast collection program have been premised on a flawed depiction of how the N.S.A. uses” the data.

On Friday, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered government lawyers and intelligence officials to review its opinions related to the scope and Constitutionality of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the statute that the NSA has cited as its authority for its mass collection of U.S. telephone records in recent years. The government has been ordered by the court to declassify more of the (likely damning) opinions by Oct. 4.

Internal Revenue Service Targeting Of Tea Party

Lost amid headlines about Syria are also new developments in the Internal Revenue Service Tea Party targeting scandal. It turns out, Lois Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations at the IRS, lied to Congress and was directly involved in targeting conservative groups.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week:

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff–including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz–that a Tea Party matter is ‘very dangerous,’ and is something ‘Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.’ Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.

The WSJ report goes on to note that Lerner’s Tea Party targeting had a lot to do with her political leanings. More from the article:

The emails also put the targeting in the context of the media and Congressional drumbeat over the impact of conservative campaign spending on the 2012 elections. On July 10, 2012 then Lerner-adviser Sharon Light emailed Ms. Lerner a National Public Radio story on how outside money was making it hard for Democrats to hold their Senate majority.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had complained to the Federal Election Commission that conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity should be treated as political committees, rather than 501(c)(4)s, which are tax-exempt social welfare groups that do not have to disclose their donors.

‘Perhaps the FEC will save the day,’ Ms. Lerner wrote back later that morning.

That response suggests Ms. Lerner’s political leanings, and it also raises questions about Ms. Lerner’s intentions in a separate email exchange she had when an FEC investigator inquired about the status of the conservative group the American Future Fund. The FEC and IRS don’t have the authority to share that information under section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code. But the bigger question is why did they want to? After the FEC inquiry, the American Future Fund also got a questionnaire from the IRS.

The newly discovered emails completely refute the official line parroted by both the White House and the IRS that the targeting originated with a couple of low-level IRS employees in Ohio. They also show a clear vein of political motivation that White House representatives have continually denied exists.

Lerner remains on paid leave from the IRS.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Harold Olsen

    I’m sure he will be spending more time on domestic issues. Priority one: Where is he going to take his next vacation? Priority two: In what ways can he further oppress the American people? Priority three: What can he do to ensure he remains in office once his second term is over?

    • Don 2

      It’s probably getting about time to go after the peoples’ guns again…..it’s been about a whole month now.

      • dan

        Stand by for the next fase flag !

        • Don 2

          Yep, looks like another Democrat went off the rails at the Washington Navel Yard, but I’m sure they’ll try to blame the Tea Party for it. Ovomit is already gearing up and trying not to waste a good crises.

          • dan

            i’d say it was a luckey guess,but after it happens a few times…they even brought in the SWAT from Boston to kick in doors and bully people.
            These morons are nothing if not predictable !
            Stand by for phase two : the grid-down FEMA exercise / false flag to get out of hand so they can
            declalre martial law

  • Dirty Daug

    That was what going to war in Syria was all about, taking the peoples minds off of the rest of Obama’s scandals. Some of the Democrats are starting to change their minds about Obama. He could be impeached on anyone of several of his scandals.

    • FreedomFighter

      “It turns out, Lois Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations at the IRS, lied to Congress and was directly involved in targeting conservative groups.”
      We can be pretty sure Clark Kent didn’t give Lois the orders for targeting of conservative groups…that leaves only one suspect — Oblamer.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • liz

        Bill Clinton lied to Congress and nothing happened. They tried to impeach but then backed away, Democrats seem to be able to get away with every low life thing they dream up and are put on pedestals. Look how people look up to Clinton and now they want to make Hillary President, both are self-righteous, lying crooks. Conservatives may pull some questionable things but they get either thrown out of office or resign. Besides, if she starts talking it could implicate them all, she may take a long vacation and we may never see her again.

  • peter

    Take the pressure of, go play some golf ( or try to ) and maybe take a break to the Vineyard again? Michelle needs a break again as well! The truth is that this fraud should just take a permanent break and disappear somewhere. The problem is that no one wants him. Can we raise enough to send him to Cuba or North Korea as a permanent resident? How about the Philippines or Pakistan.

    • dan

      I’m thinking a deserted desert isle just south of Hawaii
      with a putter and a sandwedge and no balls…

  • northbrook

    The Syria distraction proved to be a bigger embarassment then the scandals now the president will try to distract the public andmediawith the economy andbudget arguments. We will likely never find out what happened at Bengazi or the NSA sping or the IRS targeting of the Tea Party until after Obama leaves office. I can only hope that all those who voted for this administration are happy with their choice, for one I am not.

  • Alex

    Once again people, there is no “IRS scandal”.

    Among other things, the Internal Revenue Service is charged with checking the validity of groups applying for tax-exempt status, without regard to political orientation.

    The IRS understandably gives particular scrutiny to groups—Left AND Right—who display an anti-tax tendency.

    Please, name ONE Tea Party group denied tax-exempt status. Just one.

    Case closed.

    • Dirty Daug

      Bull, you are a troll. Most people know the truth about the IRS.

      • Alex

        SHOW me where I am wrong, rather than hurl invective…

        • Fred Mueller

          Another brainwashed citizen who believes all the liberal lies. IA47 is right, you really ARE naïve! He gave you proof. But “proof” isn’t needed. All you need are a pair of open eyes, ears and MIND to see the truth. You have none of these things. Just another I-know-everything brainwashed liberal.

          • yolds

            Dave, see my post above…. You want proof, its there, now put the Kool Aide down and wake up!!

          • yolds

            Show me a list of Liberal groups that were targeted!! You can’t, there may have been 1 or 2 vs. hundreds of conservative groups. Your right though, they should both be denied, this kind of money pouring into politics only breeds more corruption but it is what it is. Liberals were approved, Conservatives were “delayed” I will not hold my breath waiting for your list of Liberal groups either… you won’t find any.

    • Don 2

      Oh O.K. Alex, thanks for clearing all this IRS and FEC stuff up for the people. Whew…..I feel so much better now! Congress can just stand down now that you have closed this case. By the way, “Who are you again?”

    • IA47

      Alex, what you quote is what is SUPPOSED to be the case. What actually happens is quite another. Are you really naive enough to believe that politicians in government DON’T use their positions and offices to back their political biases even when they have nothing whatever to do with their “official” responsibilities? If so, I have some wonderful beachfront property in Arizona to show you.

    • Michael Shreve

      Both emails and actions say otherwise.

    • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

      Dear Alex,

      You write: “Please, name ONE Tea Party group denied tax-exempt status. Just one.”
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/05/30/why-you-should-care-that-the-u-s-government-has-targeted-catherine-engelbrecht-and-her-organizations/

      Best wishes,
      Bob

      • Alex

        Please locate more current info–as of May 30th, tax-exempt status, which had not been denied, was still pending in the cases cited by Forbes.

        Still, it is disingenuous to suggest that it was only your wacko Right Wings groups that were given close and prudent examination. As I said, it works both ways. You just tend to cherry pick items that fit your agenda, Bob—-like discounting the many homicides committed with guns when citing the rare example of a person using a gun in a purely defensive manner.

        • Don 2

          Well Alex, today is your lucky day ole boy. I just happen to have all of the examples of “a person using a gun in a purely defensive manner” that your little heart desires. Enjoy!

          Armed Citizen

          http://www.nrapublications.org/index.php/10537/armed-citizen-15/

          • Don 2

            The issue is definitely deeper Dave. The news outlets have been reporting on how people in the shipyard were looking for anything “like a gun” to defend themselves, but then, we all know you’re not allowed to defend yourself in D.C.

          • Don 2

            D.C. vs. Heller had to do with a ban on handguns and self-defense in the home. D.C. does not have a “Right-To-Carry” law.

            Dave, if you think a “no guns” sign is such a good thing, why don’t you advertise that and put one in your front yard and or on your front door?

            To the contrary, crime stats do go down as gun ownership goes up. Case in point would be when the Dade County started giving women free shooting classes, female gun ownership rose dramatically, this fact was publicized, and rape declined.

          • Don 2

            Looks like another Democrat gone off the rails!

        • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

          Dear Alex,

          You write: “as of May 30th, tax-exempt status, which had not been denied, was still pending in the cases cited by Forbes.” It’s been more than two years. That’s as good as denied.

          You write: “You just tend to cherry pick items that fit your agenda, Bob” Projecting?

          You write: “…like discounting the many homicides committed with guns when citing the rare example of a person using a gun in a purely defensive manner.” Then do please enlighten me with the statistics from a reputable source.

          Best wishes,
          Bob

      • Cliffystones

        Dave and Alex will blissfully be singing the “Forward with hope and change” theme song as they are being locked in their FEMA camp cages. Pretty sad really.

      • http://personalliberty.com/ Bob Livingston

        Dear Dave,

        Typical non sequitur.

        Best wishes,
        Bob

        • Jana

          Oh, so have you!

    • yolds

      Alex;
      If you keep your head in the sand and continue to listen to the MSM it will not keep the truth from being the truth. You want ONE Tea Party group, here are a sample.
      On May 28, 2013 the American Center for law and Justice filed a class action lawsuit against the US Gov’t and all officers in the IRS for illegally targeting, questioning, delaying and obstructing conservative groups as listed, keep in mind that this is just ONE filing of many:
      1.Linchpins of Liberty, TN
      2.Patriots Educating Concerned Americans Now, CA
      3.Greenwich Tea Party Patriots, NJ
      4.Greater Phoenix Tea Party, AZ
      5.Unite in Action, MI
      6.Allen Area Patriots, TX
      7.Laurens County Tea Party, SC
      8.North East Tarrant Tea Party, TX
      9.Colorado 9/12 Project, CO
      10.San Antonio Tea Party, TX
      11.Wetumpka Tea Party, AL
      12.OKC Pia Assoc, OK
      13.Richmond Tea Party, VA
      14.Hawaii Tea Party, HI
      15.Shelby County Liberty Group, OH
      16,.Manassas Tea Party, HI
      17. Waco Tea Party, TX
      18.Kentucky 9/12 Project, KY
      19.San Fernando Valley Patriots, CA
      20. Portage County Tea Party, OH
      21.Chattanooga Tea Party, TN
      22.American Patriots Against Gov’t Excess, OH
      So as you can clearly see scrutiny was NOT given to Liberal groups as you say and were Politically targeting Conservative groups to assist your Communist in Chief get re-elected by any means at their disposal.
      CASE CLOSED!! (fool)

      • Debbie Hogan Tate

        Well said! There are many, many more! As far as the election, get those corrupt machines out of here! They are already set for Hillary!! Paper Ballots, chads and all is better than SOROS machines!!! We need to get the Impostor out of there before his term ends so that we can void his laws!!

        • Briylaln

          People said they voted for Romney but Obamas name came up. The voting machine people said they were sensative and the moving and set up and all could have caused the problem. Didn’t hear anyone complain that they voted for Obama and Romneys name came up. Paper ballots were good for a long long time and they should be continued to be used. I don’t trust this electronic crap – to many hackers have already proven they can take over a computor.

      • Jeff

        How does your post demonstrate that Liberal groups were not subject to similar scrutiny? Were the groups you list ultimately denied their status? Were these groups entitled to such status or were they political organizations masquerading as social welfare organizations so they could avoid disclosing their funding sources?

        • yolds

          these are the same type of groups that the Liberal side has, the ones that provide cash to the Political party they support. My post was not an answer to Liberal profiling, but an answer to conservative profiling. If you would bother to watch the news on ALL channels you would see there is NO Liberal groups that were scrutinized and it is now being proven that it was political. However chief Obozo tried to take the publics eye off the ball by focusing on Syria, good thing we are not so easily distracted. So Jeff, if you can come up with a list of Liberal groups that were placed under the same scrutiny please post them, I would like to see it, and I’m sure that Holder would like to see it too….

          • Jeff

            There is nothing wrong with groups giving money to political causes, left or right, although it is my belief that the Citizens United decision is an unmitigated disaster with the clear potential to turn the entire government over to special interests (even more than it already is). But the real problem with these political groups masquerading as social welfare organizations like The Boy Scouts is the lack of transparency. If some right wing group is running sleazy ads against a Democrat, at the very least the voters should know which oil company is funding them.
            As for the identities of the liberal-leaning groups that have been denied 501(c)(4) status, I’m not sufficiently interested to do that research. Suffice it to say that under the law, no group engaging in any political activity is entitled to 501(c)(4) status. If there’s a political vendetta out there, how is it that Karl Rove, maybe the most political person on Earth, got approved for a 501(c)(4)?

  • peter

    His focus will be attempting to perfect his swing in preparation for the dot.com tour next year. His status gives him an exemption from qualifying and he gets to play off a 36 handicap. I wonder if he takes note of the rules when he plays or maybe he makes up his own rules which include being able to replay bad shots and anything under 10 feet is a ‘ gimme! ‘

  • bruceb64

    Produce all the PROOF you want!! Not a da** thing will be done!!

  • Fred Mueller

    How about providing answers about those IRS, NSA scandals? HAH! Don’t hold your breath!

    • Debbie Hogan Tate

      And let’s not forget Benghazi! Those parents deserve answers not propaganda lies. This investigation is not moving and why are the records sealed for who they have arrest warrant and possible arrest? We are STILL BEING LIED TO!! This and his ties to the Brotherhood will be his undoing! Just keep pushing for answers on all of them AND FOR IMPEACHMENT!

      • Jeff

        Stop the nonsense. Diplomacy is a dangerous job, and embassies come under attack regularly. You only know about Benghazi because Fox News has made it a pet cause. Why do you know so little about all the other such attacks? Because it’s harder to blame Obama for them? You right wingers and your scandal mongering never said a word when Reagan was clearly breaking the law giving arms to the Iranians. Give it up already.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/13-benghazis-that-occurre_b_3246847.html

        • Jeff

          First Rule of Republican Politics: Anything that goes wrong when a Democrat is President is his fault.
          Second Rule: If something goes wrong wile a Republican is President, blame it on the last Democratic President.
          It is amazing how many rubes there are who swallow this crap every time.

          • Don 2

            Your Second Rule is hysterical. Obama has been blaming Bush and everyone but himself for his failed administration over the last five years, and you actually try to reverse those facts. Too Funny! Who are you trying to convince, yourself, because nobody else is buying it?

          • Jeff

            But Obama really did inherit a mess. I don’t think he’s blamed Bush for nearly enough given that for the first 6 months of his term the nose-dive economy was still costing jobs by the millions. Your leader, Rush Swinebaugh, was actually blaming Obama for the drop in the stock market in the Fall of 2008.
            Plus, everyone knows how we got into the Iraq mess. Were Obama a vengeful sort, there would have been prosecution of some of the Neocon Idiots who lied us into that war. How many of the Republicans who (correctly I think) currently oppose intervention in Syria would feel the same way if a Republican made the same case Obama is making?

          • Don 2

            The huge job loss(700,000/mo.) started in November 2008, right after Obama was elected.

            The stock market is only artificially propped up due to the feds purchasing $85 billion a month in bonds, which benefit Obama’s rich buddies.

            Numerous intelligence agencies, including U.S. Russian, Israeli, British and others, reported that Saddam had the WMD. 12,000 Kurds died from Saddam’s WMD, so don’t try to allege that he didn’t have them. Don’t forget there were 17 U.N. resolutions Saddam was thumbing his nose at while shooting at American planes in the no-fly zone.

          • Jeff

            The “intelligence” was cherry-picked. The inspectors were on the ground, finding nothing. All the right wing idiots (like Swinebaugh) laughed at the inspectors because they couldn’t find the WMD that had to be there because Rumsfeld and Cheney said so. They made fun of Hans Blix’ name (par for the course) and called his young American assistant a traitor. Intelligence is a stream of data. If you look only at certain bits, you can make a case for anything. Cheney made very clear to the CIA what he wanted and he got it.

            As for the job losses starting after Obama’s election, the stock market crash began in mid-September. That’s when Fatbaugh blamed Obama. Job losses always lag when there’s a financial crisis as it takes some time for the trouble to “ripple” from the banks to the real economy. But if you look at a chart of job losses vs. job gains, it is stark how much the job losses abated very soon after Obama took office.

            http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4bb614577f8b9a1667ae0100/chart-020510-update.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2&h=451&w=601&sz=59&tbnid=W0zKnOdNOQpOlM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=120&z

            Even a committed right winger can read the graph. O course, he’ll still attribute the job losses to Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, or Obama while the job gains under Obama must be due to Reagan.
            BTW: When Saddam gassed the Kurds in 1988, he was our “ally” against Iran. Reagan was so upset by the incident he nearly put down his jelly bean. The W Iraq War began 15 years later. I don’t deny Saddam was a brutal thug, but surely there’s a way to depose brutal thugs that’s more intelligent than occupying a country for most of a decade. By 2003, Saddam was a threat to no one, particularly not the U.S.

        • rwm44

          its not about the number dead in our embassys its all about the coverup that followed. the democraps will not come out and let the american people know the truth

          • rwm44

            how soon the left forgets it was about a youtube video do you remember that now

          • Don 2

            So Obama and Hillary still trying to pass off the “it was a movie video” that nobody saw, twelve days later, when the whole world knew that was a lie, threatening and preventing about 30 other witnesses from testifying in front of congress, changing the official storyline numerous times, removing original statements about it being a terrorist attack at the time, is not a cover-up? lol

          • Don 2

            So when is the administration going to let these other witnesses testify before congress w/o threatening them with charges and their jobs?

          • Ruth

            Don’t forget all the spying done on Americans. I think that explains Boehner’s change in the way that he voted. It appears now that he had something to be blackmailed over. How many more Rino’s are being blackmailed. They should have just quit and let someone honest do the job.

        • Don 2

          Selective? You bet, Benghazi involves an obvious government cover-up!

        • Ruth

          We heard about the other attacks. They were not the same. The people causing them were hunted. The other Presidents didn’t go to bed so they could campaign the next day and leave four Americans to die. The Presidents didn’t find out who did it and refuse to go after them. The rumor is that Obama’s administration was doing something they shouldn’t have been, and they are still hoping to keep it hidden. They haven’t learned that in today’s age there are no secrets. The truth will come out no matter how hard he fights to keep the secret.

          • Jeff

            You will believe anything from any source, no matter how ridiculous the claim or how unreliable the source, as long as it says something bad about Obama. Twenty years from now you’ll be telling your grandchildren fairy tales about how Obama was responsible for 911. Just keep listening to Swinebaugh, Beck, and Hannity so you never have to face reality.

        • Ruth

          Read my answer above.

    • Jeff

      Because they are not scandals except in the right wing media. The IRS is much ado about nothing, and the NSA thing is a policy issue that will need to be decided. How much “freedom” are you willing to trade for how much “security”? The problem is if Obama relaxed the NSA snooping and a terrorist attack occurred, you’d be the first to jump all over him for it. We have to understand that we make these decisions collectively and live with the consequences collectively.

      • Name

        Obama is nothing but a LIAR just like the rest of the Democratic party. They would always lie to save their skin and wouldn’t tell the truth even if they were paid. It is time to vote Republican, Conservative or Tea Party in the 2014 mid-term elections and kick the Democrats out of the Senate and have the IRS target the President and the Democratic Party. Robert

        • Ruth

          First Reagan’s policies were working. Second no other President added more to our debt in eight years than Obama did in four.

          The media for the most part did their jobs in other administrations. The media now does its job for Obama. He threatens to pull all ads, etc. if he doesn’t get his way that they report everything in his favor. If that doesn’t work, he would just spy on them and give them a hard time every place that he could find. You don’t know the half of what Obama has done. The bad thing is that conservative Republicans don’t either.

          If we still have any history books at all when he gets through, he doesn’t think so, but he is going down as the worst President in history.

          I know to spell President with a large P, but I will always spell it with a small p when referring to Obama. The small goes for democrats and muslims.

        • Jeff

          Talk about a non-sequitur!

  • Michael Shreve

    TRUTH? Americans can’t HANDLE the truth that the U.S. is ALREADY a socialist dictatorship.

  • Alex

    You want scandals? How about the do-nothing Tea Bag House voting, in vain, again, of course–yawn—to defund the Affordable Care Act rather than address underemployment, energy, education, etc.?

    As the GOP nosedive continues it is clear that Hillary will have a Congress willing to work with her when she takes over in January of 2017—and you frightened sheeple will have only yourselves to blame. Rather than work to benefit the nation you all bawl about “loving”, you spend your energy spinning your wheels.

    Losers….

    • Don 2

      You want scandals? The medium household income is $51,000.00 per year, unless you are the government bottom feeders living in four counties surrounding Washington D.C., where the medium household income is over $100,000.00 per year.

      • Don 2

        Where did I say these people are all Gov? Many of them are lobbyist.

        Was your work associated with the government Dave?

      • Ruth

        Medium means there are some making a lot more and some making a lot less to average out.

        Who do you think is paying for the things that you enjoy in DC? It is the average American having to send their hard earned money there.

    • Briylaln

      Defunding this so-called health care act (which doesn’t do anything about health care, just control of the people) would addree jobs and the economy.

      • Ruth

        Who says so, your almighty God. A doctor that I started going to in 1983 started refusing new medicare patients. Because I had no reason to go see him in a little while, I was considered a new patient and had to find a new doctor last year.

        Other doctors are retiring instead of having to deal with Obamacare. Of the ones staying in, a lot are going to cash only so they don’t have to deal with Obamacare. Of the ones still in, they are going to be spread so thin that it will take forever to get in to see them, and then they won’t have time to really listen as to what is wrong with you.

        With premiums going up like they are for a lot of people, I hope there will not be a co-pay along with them.

        There is nothing that is free. Someone has to pay. If a company is giving something for free, they have to charge more for their services, so the customer is paying for it. What is so hard to understand about that?

    • Vis Fac

      Speaking of LOSERS–Alex in La La Land strikes again. You obviously know nothing regarding the “Tea Party Movement” and even less about liberal one dimensional idiot-ology for if you did you wouldn’t be so STUPID and demonstrate your inanity. Poor Alex in La La Land he has to depend on lame stream media because Alex in La La Land is a product of liberal indoctrination camp.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Vis Fac

        I thought so Nothing to support your position so you revert to parroting others. Now THAT”S the definition of a LOSER!!!!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • Gary

      Do you hate gay people? I notice you disparage the Tea Party with an offensive homo-sexual term. I thought “progressives” were tolerant and friends to the LGBT community?

      • Vis Fac

        Tolerance to a “progressive/Liberal” is agreement with THEIR dogma anything else is labeled as “Tea Party or Terrorist!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • speedle24

      Someone please call the moron police. There is one running loose on this blog. Alex, try to focus. Trying to “de-fund” the ACA is all about trying to do something about “underemployment”. You can type so I can only assume you can read. But if that is the case do you not read and understand that companies are laying off and converting people to part time as a result of the Obamacare mandates?

      And energy? Are you aware that Tea Party supporters want to ease the EPA rules in order to open up energy exploration?

      Education? Have you ever heard of charter schools, school choice and vouchers? These are Tea Party supported initiatives designed to upgrade the educational system for everyone.

      It is Obama who does not want these things on the table and debated. He prefers to manufacture phony issues to divert attention from real issues.

    • Ruth

      Hillary will never be President. She has too much baggage.I am not just talking about Benghazi which was very important and still is. I am talking about all the scandals from the Clinton administration,plus all the others since then. If you really want America to go down even further, just watch what would happen if she gets in charge.

      The liberals just hope that the GOP nosedives. I have news for you. Because of Obama it is coming back strong, and there will not be a congress willing to work with any liberal, communist democrat.

      Actually, we are just waiting for democrats to learn to read and understand what they are reading. Also, we are waiting on them to grow up.and start really caring about America.

      • Robert Messmer

        Never say “never”. It was a well known fact, that the US would never have a Catholic President and then JFK was elected. It was even better known that we would never have a Black President and look who is in office now.

        • Bob666

          Yo Robert,

          I’m not a big Hillary fan, but right now, there is no one in the GOP that can touch her. A lot can happen in the next two years, but Benghazi will be a very small speed bump for her in the electoral process.

          Our society is ready for a woman in the oval office and Hillary could be the first woman there.

          • Gib74

            You’re right, America IS ready for a female President.

            All hail, President Palin!! = ]

          • Bob666

            Yo Gib74,
            ROTFLMAO,
            Is that humor or a delusional admission that you learned nothing in 2008?

          • Gib74

            Nope, learned plenty.

            NEVER run mccain for ANYTHING!

          • Bob666

            Well Gib74,
            I’m not sure where you get your polling info from, but McCain might have had a shot with any other running mate rather than losing by just over 5% with Palin against Obama.

            Ms. Palin’s shot at any elected office has come and gone. you might want to look for another woman to vote for since you will never see her on another ballet outside of Alaska-and I doubt she could win there.

            Thanks for the laugh.

        • Robert Messmer

          I agree, didn’t like her first 8 years in the WH. Sure don’t want to see her there again.

  • Briylaln

    With everything that’s come out about the IRS, you don’t think that’s important. That one thing could have swayed the outcome of the election. And before you blow me off, if things were turned around, the democratic party would be demanding that heads roll.

  • Briylaln

    Did the democratic party shoot out an E-mail today for all you left wing craizies to post on here. I like to hear legitimate dissent, but not talking points BS.

  • independent thinker

    And just how many times in the last year has Obama said “He’s Shifting Focus To Domestic Issues”.

    • independent thinker

      None of which has anything to do with this discussion.

  • Gary

    Still blaming Bush, I see. Apparently, the current president will NEVER be responsible for anything that occurs during his watch. I guess he is just a spectator with no control of shaping events.

    • Gary

      I agree. The last two administrations have been miserable on personal liberties. As far as “manufactured” scandals, all of these are real scandals. The only reason Syria came up was to divert attention from the litany of scandals. IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, HHS Arm-twisting, etc. etc. are all very REAL scandals. If the lapdog media did their job even a little bit, this President would already have been impeached. Actually, he would not have been re-elected.

      • Ruth

        Obama is no amateur. He has done more to bring America down than any President ever has. When will the communists leading the charge in Washington ever get that. I forgot, that is what they want.

        • Gib74

          It’s one of the ‘dreams of his father’ to see America brought down along with the rest of the Colonial powers.

          Like most liberals he told everyone EXACTLY what he had planned.

    • Vis Fac

      DUMB DAVE–Yes The Patriot act was on G.W. Bush’s watch and was a TEMPORARY measure that was to expire in 2010 HOWEVER did ODUMBO let it expire? NO!!! Instead ODUMBO doubled down and made it MORE intrusive than ever. If I were you prior to pointing fingers I would first make sure my information is correct and that my hands were clean.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • Robert Messmer

      I’m sure Hillary, if she wins, will be more than willing to blame Obama.

  • Vis Fac

    DUMB DAVE Being yet another product of one dimensional indoctrination it is easy to recognize the political correctness classes have had the desired effect.

    Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out of thin air to swathe your/their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates you/they make things up as you/they go so you/they can
    blame others for your/their failures. Nothing is ever ODUMBO’s or the DUMBOCRITES fault right?

    So whenever you/they have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate your/their positions you/they simply fall back on the Federal Board for Blaming Bush or citing lame stream media’s
    partial/fabricated truths and prevarications; then all your/their liberal inadequacies are soon considered ancient history becoming non issues and then quickly forgotten.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi

  • bob arnold

    don’t we all rember thats what he said 5 years ago,and now he is starting up again

  • killer63

    These are all diversions from Benghazi. Don’t let them get away with that crime. Keep pushing an investigation on Benghazi. Once we find out what/who’s behind that, we will find out everything.

  • rightffielder

    Benghazi>>>>>I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!! ovomit slept while FOUR REAL AMERICANS WERE MURDERED!!!! IMPEACH ovommit!!!

    • Urimas

      Right, never forghet! But while you’re flexing your memory, try to use your brain too. And put some questions – afterall some details are starting to emerge – like: “What actually Stevens did in Benghazi?”, or “Why he deliberately was underprotected in a hot area?”. Hell, when Obummer or his lachey Biden travel INSIDE THE UNITED STATES huge cityes are locked up and brought to a standstil, untill their majesties get their royal a$$es back in the plane.
      Want another question for you to find the answer? ” What a Hell DID GO awry, in the meeting with Turkish Ambassador, after which Stevens had to be silenced? Why he couldn’t meet Turkish Ambassador on safe ground?” I have to mention you Turkey has a very very big interest in Sirya, and especially in it’s itegrity. They already had seen in Iraq what a dismantling country means, and they don’t want another one go to pieces. Especially one who has another big Kurd minority. Did I mention Turkey has it’s own problems with the Kurds?

    • Urimas

      Ah, and what I forgot to tell you, Turkey is probably the most valuable member in NATO, after Canada ( at least for US). I hope that clears the reason why you should put the questions above, and I’m affraid the answers are more than obvious, but, hey, you didn’t hear it from me, OK?!…

  • Ruth

    Even if you don’t want to believe it,the rest are real scandals and not phony like Obama wants you to believe.

    The Patriot Act was started under Bush and should have never been started in the first place. However Bush used it the way that he asked to be able to. Obama enlarged it to spy on everyone else. If the act did as much as you think, Boston would not have happened.

    As far as the IRS scandal, it wouldn’t have happened if the IRS worked the way it was supposed to. All they had to do was turn them down in a few weeks, and the group would have made the changes that it needed to stay in business. No they strung them out for years so that they would not be as effective as they needed to be during Obama’s election. That was the scandal.

    Most of the scandals seemed to be timed to take people’s notice off of another scandal. Stop that and get back to running the country the way it should be run.

  • jocasseejo

    …and “POOF”, just like that Syria is no more~I knew that would happen when obammy was humiliated before the whole world. It simply would disappear and would no longer be URGENT. Syria is a case of the enemy of our enemy is still our enemy~we don’t need or want more Lybias and Egypts.

  • Vis Fac

    Except for the fact that you failed to mention that ODUMBO doubled down then As usual used the age old liberal tactic of blaming others. You just cant bring yourself around to admit you’re policies are wrong for the US.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi

  • Vis Fac

    It is you who are always sobbing in your Kool-Aid and as usual have NOTHING to support your position. It is almost comical a (supposed) grown person acts and thinks the way you do, I said almost but in reality it’s frightening that there are so many that have been dumbed down and brainwashed as you have been.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi

  • Gib74

    Eight trillion dollars for every President before 0bama.

    Seventeen trillion dollars and counting half-way through his presentcy.

    That’s 8,000,000,000,000
    VS 17,000,000,000,000

    How is that not greater or is ‘little’??

  • jocasseejo

    My, my, my dave~angry much?? How in the heck did you get that response from my comment? No I am one of those Conservatives who felt we should not bomb Syria. ie the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy. assad=bad guy; al-quaida rebels=bad guys. If I had my way ALL of our soldiers would be out of the middle east yesterday; we would frack and drill until we were energy independent and the ONLY reason my country would ever have interaction in the middle east would be to assist and/or defend Israel. As far as killing civilians, that IS war my friend~always has been, always will be.

    • Urimas

      And why Israel, which is the only country from the Middle East who carried a false flag operation against a Navy ship after WWII, is more important to you, than life of our soldiers?…

      • jocasseejo

        Because I am a Christian and serve a much higher power than earthly principalities. My God commands that I always protect Israel, the nation of His chosen people.

  • Robert Messmer

    Strange, that is not what the unions are saying.

  • Robert Messmer

    You know, you made me curious so I looked it up. Guess what Senate voted 98 to 1 in favor. Only Democrat to vote against it was Russ Feingold. If the missing senator was a Democrat and we assume he would have voted against it, that still leaves 48 Democrats voting in favor. House vote 356 to 66 in favor. According to the table there were 211 Democrats in the House at the time so assuming that the 66 No votes were all Democrats, that still leaves 145 in favor. Looks like to me that the Democrats are just as guilty for the Patriot Act as Bush is.