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Kevin Buck: The eye of the beholder

Posted: July 29, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I am old enough to remember a time when political arguments revolved around policy differences, and the solutions to the major issues of the day were often hammered out in smoke-filled back rooms.

Our civics textbooks called it “log rolling.” Compromise was a tool available to, and often used by, politicians in the past, and our nation grew and prospered because of their willingness to put country first.

The Constitution is a tribute to the ability of the Founding Fathers, some of whom were bitter rivals, to compromise for the greater good of the nation.

The West was won, railroads and great cities were built, and the nation survived a civil war and a Great Depression; we won two world wars, created the interstate highway system, built a social safety net for the poor, sick and disabled — all because we worked together.

Americans walked on the moon, explored the planets and lived in space.

All of this was accomplished by ordinary and extraordinary American citizens alike, working with their elected representatives at all levels.

It was a government of, for and by the people.

Those days are now seemingly relegated to the history books; an accusation of compromise has now become a weapon to use against your political rivals, a cudgel in the zero sum game of modern politics.

The consequences are dire: the federal government is paralyzed, unable to accomplish its most basic functions, lest one side gain the advantage by actually doing something for the American people.

It should not come as a surprise that a majority blame the Congress of the United States for this malaise and further believe it is the Republican Party that is chiefly responsible for the stagnation in governing.

Rightly so, because they are.

Senate Republicans use the filibuster to deny Obama and the Democrats any victory, and House Republicans just do nothing.

Policy differences are understandable, and holding up legislation they do not agree with is the minority’s prerogative under the current rules of the House and Senate.

Holding up nominees to a federal bench that is currently facing a shortage of judges is also understandable, as these are lifetime appointments and will shape the ideology judicial branch of the government for a long time.

And when judges appointed by Democrats make decisions that affect laws, they are activist judges, legislating from the bench.

When judges appointed by Republicans make corporations people, give them some of that old time religion or elect a president by a 5-4 vote (thought I forgot about that, didn’t you?), they are a Supreme Court conservative majority and just strictly interpreting the Constitution.

Funny how that works.

But in the long run it will make little or no difference because Republicans will not win the White House again for the foreseeable future — and if they do not replace their aging and dying base with some youth, women and people of color, much longer than that.

But that is just politics, subject to the pendulum swings of the American voters.

However, there are currently 31 nominees for ambassadorships being held hostage to Republican irrational Obama petulance, and that is a matter of national security.

Politics used to end at the water’s edge, but no longer; political points are now be scored at the expense of our standing in the world, even if it harms all Americans.

One needs only to look at the reactions to the flood of Central American refugees showing up at our border, frightened women and children seeking freedom, safety and the promise of a better life — just like the waves of immigrants before them.

Anger, hate and retribution for imagined ills on one side.
Compassion, charity, and the due process guaranteed by our laws on the other.

I wonder what Jesus would do. I’m thinking that screaming at mothers and their children is not one of the options.

I also wonder if he would vote Republican.

The solution to Republican intransigence in Congress is easy: Vote them out.

The mantra from now until November is that if Democrats vote, we win. So, Democrats out there, plan on voting and get a friend to the polls, as well.

There is still a lot of power left in the ballot box, if we can just harness it.

Kevin Buck is a Santa Clarita resident. “Democratic Voices” runs Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several SCV Democrats.

 

Comments

BrianBaker: Posted: July 30, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Buck, you're hilarious, dude.

You start out talking about how wonderful "compromise" is, and immediately turn that into a rant about how all the e-e-e-vils of the world are due to those nasty Republicans.

You manage to hit a lot of the clichéd talking points, all the way from the 2000 SCOTUS decision in the Bush v. Gore case (sheesh, dude, give that up! It's ancient history!) to equating illegal aliens to legal immigration to how Jesus would be a Democrat.

Jesus would be a DEMOCRAT!!!!

Here's the problem for you, bud. Everyone knows that the Democrat idea of "compromise" boils down to "my way or the highway".

Or maybe "I've got a pen and a phone".

Yeah, we'll see what happens in November, but if I were you I'd be bracing myself for some bad news. Your ObaMessiah's numbers are in the tank, and he's probably going to be dragging a lot of your buds down with him.

Good riddance.



ricketzz: Posted: July 30, 2014 10:39 a.m.

And there we have it..


therightstuff: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:19 a.m.

Let's me sum up Kevin Buck's hyper-partisan diatribe in one sentence.

"""We need to reach out to the other side with respect, tolerance, and understanding...especially those loathsome, evil, hateful, despicable, mean, Republicans!"""

Yet another wasted column that wreaks of stunning hypocrisy, but then, this is what we've come to expect from Kevin Buck and Democratic Voices.


projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:37 a.m.

BRAVO MR. BUCK **

HILLARY 2016 *******


chico: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:39 a.m.

Look where the Democrats have lead us to- rising health care costs, rising energy costs, rising food cost, rising taxes, global instability, no water.....

Now they want more power to do even more for us. No thanks.

If the Republicans agreed with the Democrats, then they'd both be wrong, and we'd be in a heap of trouble.


therightstuff: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:48 a.m.

"""I also wonder if he would vote Republican."""

Mr. Buck bases this question on his personal supposition that all Republicans are full of "anger, hate and retribution" as he puts it but let's pose this question based on actual facts.

For Jesus to vote Democrat,

Jesus would have to see the tragedy at the American border as nothing more than a political opportunity and to exploit the suffering of these children to win votes in November.

Jesus would have to join a political party that actually 'voted' to remove God and the support of Israel from their platform.

Jesus would have to ignore when his party's president repeatedly lies about healthcare and still defend him.

Jesus would have to look the other way and say nothing about obvious scandals such as Benghazi, the IRS, the VA or anything else that might make his party's leader look bad.

Jesus would have to use the issue of race to divide people against each other for political gain.

Jesus would have to see the poor as a mere political weapon to keep in bondage for their votes and to exploit to embarrass his political opponents.

Jesus would no longer be considered sinless as he would be partially responsible for his evil deeds contributing to global warming.

Jesus would not have to care about the crushing national debt and be willing to kick it down the road for future generations to pay.

Jesus would have to change his message of personal responsibility and start blaming everyone else for his problems, especially previous administrations.

Jesus would have to use empty phrases like "God bless America" but distance himself from God and the Bible as much as possible.

Jesus would have to join his party's celebration of thousands of abortions that are performed every year in the name of freedom.

Jesus would have to ignore the Bible's instructions for marriage between one man and one woman and embrace today's culture that anything goes.

Jesus would have to agree in an alleged separation of church and state and not allow his personal faith to be injected into public policy.

Jesus would have to put the Democratic Party first and foremost, above everything else in his life.



Any other dumb questions, Mr. Buck? --edited.


17trillion: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:49 a.m.

Why would we expect anything different than the usual garbage Buck spews? Horton, Buck, and Vignola...nobody would mistake them, other than the Bingo lady, of being the three wise men.

And finally, are we going to be subjected to a picture of Katie Horton on this page for the rest of eternity?


projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:49 a.m.

By the way 6 in 10 Californians gained medical coverage due to the nations's health
care law ***


projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:59 a.m.

Again Mr. Buck Bravo and Bingo to satisfy the cynics ***


CaptGene: Posted: July 30, 2014 1:13 p.m.

I'm trying to understand why Buck feels obligated to repeatedly announce to the World that he is a partisan stooge. Kevin, we get it, your stoogery is noted. Is there some kind of "Stoogy" award that you guys can win, or do you get a deep discount on KoolAid®?

It's bizarre, I've never seen anything like it.


17trillion: Posted: July 30, 2014 1:17 p.m.

"By the way 6 in 10 Californians gained medical coverage due to the nations's health
care law ***"

Huh? The moon is made of cheese too Lois. Not only does your statement make no sense, it's utter nonsense, and I'm being kind.


Indy: Posted: July 30, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Kevin,

Most of our problems come from the sad reality that the great majority of Americans aren’t really interested . . . many are just too busy, too tired, and simply feel helpless.

This has allowed the ‘bases’ of both parties to corrupt the political process made worse by the domination of lobbyist that now ‘own’ congress.

As for the moderates in our political process, I don’t seem them in the GOP and the ones in the dem camp seem scared to speak up.

If we had leaders that saw their responsibility to the public versus pandering to their ignorance, we might have a chance . . . but that’s not the case today.

In any event, the GOP folks that come to this forum like to reinforce their base positions while I don’t really see any liberal representation here.

Don’t the dems have organizations in SCV-land?

If so, why don’t they participate here?

I think that’s the most telling realty is that too many folks have just given up to the nonsense and from here on out, it’s going to be downhill . . . we’ll see.


Indy: Posted: July 30, 2014 4:05 p.m.

Therightstuff wrote: """I also wonder if he would vote Republican."""

Mr. Buck bases this question on his personal supposition that all Republicans are full of "anger, hate and retribution" as he puts it but let's pose this question based on actual facts.

Indy: LOL

Most of your points are what I would expect from a religious conservative that lacks comprehension in basic economics, ignores the consequences of his party’s ideology positions, and can’t grasp that this is a nation ‘under law’ and not religion.

In any event, the historical Jesus lived a long long time ago . . . the earth no longer even remotely resembles what he was exposed to.

And making him political dulls and negates his positions with respect to helping the poor.

In any event, this poster did a good job of listing his political beliefs and we’ll be addressing them ‘line by line’ as we move to November. . .


philellis: Posted: July 30, 2014 4:14 p.m.

But, I guess we will have to await the publication of the Dems talking points so you can continue to parrot them.


BrianBaker: Posted: July 30, 2014 4:55 p.m.

Man, I'm glad I tuned back in for yet another chuckle today.

The Captain wrote: "In any event, the GOP folks that come to this forum like to reinforce their base positions while I don’t really see any liberal representation here."


Is that a stunning bit of blindness to the reality of oneself, or what?

No "liberal representation here", written by one of THE most dogmatic leftists on the site as a comment on a column entitled "Democratic Voices" written by one of the THREE most rabid leftists in probably the entire SCV. The same leftist commenter who takes up whole pages of screen space with rambling regurgitations of Dem/socialist talking points, seldom actually relevant at all to the topic at hand.

I mean, c'mon..... is that hilarious, or what?


chico: Posted: July 30, 2014 7:34 p.m.

I guess the title of this piece, 'Eye of the beholder' is appropriate - otherwise who sees goodness in how things are going -

The cost of living is 'necessarily skyrocketing' and evil in the world is stepping out big time without the dreaded 'world cop' around.

Democrat policies = SPLAT!

Try making the cost of living cheaper Democrats! How are you going to do that when you are spending our money pretending to save the planet?

And another thing, stop trying to make evil 'back down' with a cease fire.


chico: Posted: July 30, 2014 7:43 p.m.

Unless you wanted evil to win, of course.


Indy: Posted: July 30, 2014 8:29 p.m.

Indy: Let’s take a stroll down the list . . . and put in the context . . . we’ll need this for November . .

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to see the tragedy at the American border as nothing more than a political opportunity and to exploit the suffering of these children to win votes in November.

Indy: Human migration results from too many people and too few resources.

Sadly, religious conservatives ignore over population and actively promote it by:

- Fighting all forms of non-abortive birth control and family planning

- Fight against sex education

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to join a political party that actually 'voted' to remove God and the support of Israel from their platform.

Indy: The Founding Fathers created a nation ‘under law’ and were clear not to make the same mistakes in creating a theocratic government that many were escaping from when they came to ‘America’ to start a new nation.

Israel continued annexations of Palestinian (land confiscation – think Putin in Ukraine) property continue to create tensions that end up exploding in violence.

Not sure that Jesus would like seeing children killed in mass . . . from either side.

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to ignore when his party's president repeatedly lies about healthcare and still defend him.

Indy: Gee, I wonder if Jesus is on board with religious conservatism that fights to keep the poor from getting health care . . . as the GOP is doing in blocking the Medicaid expansion for some 5+ million poor people . . .

I'm sure Jesus would be pleased to see 8+ million people sign up for the ACA.

And be confused as conservatives fight the ACA even though 74% of them that got health insurance through the ACA like their policies . . .

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to look the other way and say nothing about obvious scandals such as Benghazi, the IRS, the VA or anything else that might make his party's leader look bad.

Indy: Wow . . .

GOP cuts funding to properly equip our embassies and consultants . . .

GOP cuts IRS funding and refuses to update 501C4 regulations to keep hidden donors from corrupting our democracy . .

Both parties try to distance themselves from properly overseeing government programs like the VA . . . then point fingers at each other . . . pathetic . .

Finally, I’m sure the first book Jesus would read when he returned is: The Benghazi Hoax by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America (Oct 16, 2013)

I’m sure Jesus would be as disappointed and ashamed at a media outlet like Fox deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . .


projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 9:21 p.m.

Jesus would be appalled at the obstructionist who are destroying this country
due their pettiness and hatefulness to this President of the United States ++

The obstructionist have taken this country down the road to destruction due to their
way of thinking, and "it cannot be changed without changing their thinking"

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile "

"Jesus would not play dice with America"







projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 9:27 p.m.

"Are we going to be subjected to a picture of Katie Horton on this page for the rest of eternity?"

What a despicable thing to post ++


BrianBaker: Posted: July 30, 2014 9:40 p.m.

Lotta people who seem to know what Jesus would have done and thought.


You guys get him on the phone, or what? He on speed-dial?




chico: Posted: July 30, 2014 10:59 p.m.

I always thought Jesus was about saving your 'soul'.

Not saving your 'birth control', 'abortions', or your 'part time job'.


projalice11: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:13 p.m.

"The Republican Party proved tonight that the American people have not seen the worst of their self-serving antics. They voted in favor of proceeding with their baseless lawsuit against the president."

"They’ve failed to raise the minimum wage, guarantee equal pay for women, help ease the burden of student loan debt, pass immigration reform, address climate change or pass critical jobs bills that are sitting in their lap—BUT THEY JUMP INTO ACTION TO SUE THE PRESIDENT?"

By suing the President the Republicans have put the Democrats in the plus column ***

BINGO,BRAVO,YEAH,HOORAY,CHEERS +++


tech: Posted: July 30, 2014 11:48 p.m.

GRABIEN EXCLUSIVE MONTAGE: ‘DEMOCRATS NOT LETTING IMPEACHMENT DREAM DIE’

https://grabien.com/story.php?id=12040


BrianBaker: Posted: July 31, 2014 12:40 a.m.

I just had another funny thought.

Any time a conservative mentions God or the Bible or Jesus, the socialists around here absolutely launch themselves into a hissy-fit, their panties all in a bunch as they set their hair on fire about some mythical "wall of separation between church and state", and how religion shouldn't be allowed into the political arena.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the political forum: here they ALL are, bleating about how they can read Jesus's mind, and that He'd be a Democrat.



The depth of the hypocrisy is staggering and disgusting beyond words.


therightstuff: Posted: July 31, 2014 12:57 a.m.

Indy: """I’m sure Jesus would be as disappointed and ashamed at a media outlet like Fox deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . ."""

Oh my....Jesus would hate Fox News?

Indy...please....PLEASE get help.


www.managing-bipolar.com

www.TreatSchizophreniaPatients.com

www.mentalhelp.net


therightstuff: Posted: July 31, 2014 1:21 a.m.

"""deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . ."""

Confession is a good start Indy but please check out those websites.


ricketzz: Posted: July 31, 2014 9:18 a.m.

If a Jesus showed up today the Feds would shoot him in the head with a tear gas grenade, then throw him in Federal Prison for assaulting the grenade launcher.

There is no God. There is no Jesus. We have the fate of the world in our hands.

All you confused media junkies need to clear your heads of all that propaganda and get with the program. Otherwise your children will curse your dusty bones.


CaptGene: Posted: July 31, 2014 12:31 p.m.

ricketzz: "There is no God. There is no Jesus."

Is that what the voices are telling you?


AlwaysRight: Posted: July 31, 2014 3:21 p.m.

"By suing the President the Republicans have put the Democrats in the plus column"

Actually, no. Just the opposite.

Pressing for impeachment would be unsuccessful due to the Senate Dem majority and simply play into the hands of the President.

By suing, Boehner may be able to get the judicial branch to aid the
legislative branch in controlling the growing excesses of the Executive branch. Its trying to restore the balance of power that is being disrupted by this Administration.


17trillion: Posted: July 31, 2014 4:07 p.m.

"Are we going to be subjected to a picture of Katie Horton on this page for the rest of eternity?"

"What a despicable thing to post ++"


Why? +++


Indy: Posted: July 31, 2014 5:01 p.m.

BrianBaker wrote: I just had another funny thought.

Any time a conservative mentions God or the Bible or Jesus, the socialists around here absolutely launch themselves into a hissy-fit, their panties all in a bunch as they set their hair on fire about some mythical "wall of separation between church and state", and how religion shouldn't be allowed into the political arena.

Indy: The reality is far simpler . . . we just need to understand that many of the ancient beliefs that religious conservatives promote simply don’t work in the modern world.

And that exposing them is actually saving lives.

Our Founding Fathers understood the limitations of religion and thus separated those beliefs and created this nation ‘under law’.

And while it protects all religious beliefs, it promotes none of them.

Thus, the call to base our policy decisions on ‘reproducible’ results not ‘beliefs’ that are shown not to work ‘as advertised’.

In any event, I doubt if Jesus would belong to a political party especially one that is so decisive and promotes ‘innuendo and speculation’ as a basis to gain political objectives.

There’s no honor or decency in that . . . two things that the historical Jesus admired.


Indy: Posted: July 31, 2014 5:06 p.m.

Therightstuff wrote: """deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . ."""

Confession is a good start Indy but please check out those websites.

Indy: I know the poster likes examples of ‘distortions’ and ‘who knew’ he would provide one of this own.

As I noted: I’m sure Jesus would be as disappointed and ashamed at a media outlet like Fox deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . .

Indy: Gee, cutting out part of the sentence to place it out of context for partisan political gain?

Is that the style and manner of a Christian?

You decide . . . but if you’re a dedicated Fox watcher, you’ve sadly ‘learned from the masters’!

In any event, as I've noted to this poster before, it would be far more valuable to read basic books in economics, science, technology and management versus reciting 'innuendo and speculation' that supports a failing conservative ideology.


Indy: Posted: July 31, 2014 5:10 p.m.

AlwaysRight wrote: By suing, Boehner may be able to get the judicial branch to aid the
legislative branch in controlling the growing excesses of the Executive branch. Its trying to restore the balance of power that is being disrupted by this Administration.

Indy: LOL

I hope the public sees this action for what it really is . . . and votes appropriately in November . . . we’ll see.

We can discuss the various 'means' that republicans have used to gain a majority in the House while nevertheless receiving about 1+ million total aggregated votes less than the democrats including gerrymandering and voter suppression.

We can also review as election time gets closer the abuse by Senate republicans of the filibuster.


BrianBaker: Posted: July 31, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Pfffffftttttttttttttttttt....

Captain Irrelevant, you certainly do live up to your name. In fact maybe both of them, if we include Captain Illiterate.

Hey, bub, if you're gonna quote me, quote EVERYTHING I said, not just the part you like for your little socialist dogma sound bite that, in this case, completely mischaracterizes the founding ideology of the country.

Here's the REST of that quote from me, the part you conveniently left out:


"But a funny thing happened on the way to the political forum: here they (the Dem/socialists) ALL are, bleating about how they can read Jesus's mind, and that He'd be a Democrat.

"The depth of the hypocrisy is staggering and disgusting beyond words."


Deal with THAT, Captain.


projalice11: Posted: July 31, 2014 6:19 p.m.

"Are we going to be subjected to a picture of Katie Horton on this page for the rest of eternity?"

"What a despicable thing to post ++"


Why? +++

OMG ********


17trillion: Posted: July 31, 2014 6:50 p.m.

Is that your final answer? Come on Lois, what part of my question was despicable? Are you incapable of answering such a simple question? It's not like I'm asking you what "right lane must turn right" means.


Indy: Posted: July 31, 2014 8:56 p.m.

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to use the issue of race to divide people against each other for political gain.

Indy: Interestingly, the tea party is dominated by old white men . . . who feel minorities have fewer rights here in the US.

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would have to see the poor as a mere political weapon to keep in bondage for their votes and to exploit to embarrass his political opponents.

Indy: I think Jesus would be demanding that we use ‘modern reality’ to help people using tools like economics that grasp the challenges that face us including over population and limited resources.

Therightstuff wrote: Jesus would no longer be considered sinless as he would be partially responsible for his evil deeds contributing to global warming.

Indy: The poster exposes the problem when trying to deal with science and confusing same with ancient religious beliefs.

Reading temperature measurements is not sinful.

Understanding how burning fossil fuels that raise the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas, is also not sinful.

In any event, dealing with reality is not ‘evil’ . . . but sadly appears so to this religious conservative poster that rejects science he doesn’t understand and won’t even ask for help.


therightstuff: Posted: July 31, 2014 11:01 p.m.

Indy: """I’m sure Jesus would be as disappointed and ashamed at a media outlet like Fox deceiving and poisoning our political discourse . . . as I am . . ."""

I love this quote!

An atheist assuming he knows the mind of Jesus...

More obsession with Fox with no evidence of factual inaccuracies...

Best of all, a Freudian slip to his own deception and poison of our political discourse.

Indy's own words...BEST. POST. EVER.


ricketzz: Posted: August 3, 2014 10:16 a.m.

Actually, a well adjusted person can easily see that "Jesus" was a simple man and as long as they believe that it is not at all hard to guess what he's thinking; the same as most of us normal people. That I'm sure is his appeal. He is not a freak like the people who murder and steal because they are God's chosen people. He was humble, obedient and happy with just being alive.


emheilbrun: Posted: August 3, 2014 2:46 p.m.

Indy, if TRS won't ask for help, I'm asking. Please Indy. Help us understand the science. Maybe you could start with the simple chemistry. Please Indy! I'm begging you. Don't withhold your wisdom.


ricketzz: Posted: August 4, 2014 11:09 a.m.

Here is the science: you are defecating in your living room.


emheilbrun: Posted: August 4, 2014 2:57 p.m.

Can I hear a "bingo" for ricketzz? Anyone? Anyone?


projalice11: Posted: August 4, 2014 6:33 p.m.

"GOP House Panel Clears White House of Any Wrongdoing in Benghazi
Hotlist Recommend 193 Comments / 0 New
From The San Francisco Chronicle:"

"WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee.
The panel voted Thursday to declassify the report, the result of two years of investigation by the committee. U.S. intelligence agencies will have to approve making the report public.

Thompson said the report "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given."

http://www.sfgate.com/...
You know your fake scandal is dead when your very own smear committee releases a report that exonerates it's targets. If this isn't the final word on the phony Benghazi story, I don't know what is."

Benghazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *********************************


therightstuff: Posted: August 4, 2014 7:34 p.m.

Benghazeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *********************************

Tell it to the families of Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods.



ricketzz: Posted: August 5, 2014 9:57 a.m.

Except for Sean Smith's mother they wish the righties would stop trying to capitalize the tragedy. Truth must be accepted for sanity.

Ambassador Stevens was aware of the risk, had all the security he wanted on that night. No one was scrambled from Sicily because there were dozens of CIA, security contractors, already nearby. No civilian outpost has all the security they'd like; that's how our government is organized.

Lois Lerner is a hater. She is an amateur and a loose cannon. Anyone who thinks the White House would enlist the undercover skills of this woman underestimates their guile. In the Karl Rove era I would suspect her of being a plant to discredit the IRS.

Obama did not remove the work requirement for welfare. During double-digit unemployment he allowed states to craft their own "work" criteria because regular employment wasn't happening. What else are they lying about?



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