Abolish the IRS – PUH-LEASE!

There is no more feared an organization in this country, nay the world, than the IRS. I have had to deal with them and was all but told that you were guilty until you could prove beyond the shadow of a doubt otherwise. I won, but I paid an arm and a leg to get there, and never got the money back. Stories of people browbeaten by IRS tyrants abound. No mistake or omission is permitted when you are in their gun sights. So you can understand how it galls me to find out that an organization with this kind of tyrannical overreach now claims that they are bereft by problems that prevent them from proving their innocence.

The IRS must go already. It’s a political weapon of the left and the political class, and nothing else. Americans are getting fucked over by these crooks and criminals. Abolish it and make the people working for the IRS live off government assistance. I doubt they can hold a real job anywhere outside government, anyway. And don’t forget to throw the Obama administration in jail. If I am guilty till I prove to the IRS that they are fucking idiots, then the same should apply to Black Jesus and his disciples. Implement a flat tax. No more loopholes. It will fix a lot of the political graft machine as well. And that’s why it won’t happen. The crooks are firmly in charge of things.

Republicans Also Responsible for Obama’s High School Grades

The Brookings Institute came out with a study last week that looks at failures by the federal government. It concludes what we’ve talked about many times: that the federal government is fumbling the ball more and more often:

The federal government is failing now more than ever. That’s the conclusion of a unique taxonomy of federal ball-dropping just released by Paul C. Light, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The study tracks the growing failure rate through the past five presidents. While many factors contribute to the generally increasing frequency of bureaucratic failures, the fluctuating numbers do reflect on an administration’s overall managerial competence. Light believes that Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush led especially competent White House teams. Reagan, his study shows, averaged 1.6 failures per year during the final part of his term.

On the other hand, George W. Bush’s administration was the most failure-ridden of them all. W. averaged 3.1 failures per year – overseeing more than twice as many annual failures as his father.

Of course, by Light’s account Obama isn’t looking too hot either – he’s currently running 2.9 failures per year, with a little over two years two go. “Good government is not just a function of good laws, it’s also a function a faithful execution,” he said. In that area, President Obama does not get good grades. “Probably the lowest of any post-war president,” said Light in an interview. “I’d give him a C- on attentiveness, and a D on reform.”

In the report, Light writes that Obama promised reform and modernization but “he never followed through. He was either too distracted to concentrate, too bored by the nitty gritty of management or too frightened of the Republican backlash to make the effort needed to make big government work.”

First of all, I’ll say right out that I am dubious of this “study”. It seems to consist mainly of scouring the news for bad things and blaming them on the government. There is little rhyme or reason to it. The Navy Yard shooting is listed as a government failure, for example, while the S&P credit downgrade is not.

That aside, I think his basic conclusions is correct, give or take a few failures. This Administration is showing a staggering incompetence at executing even the most basic functions of government. They are light years behind Reagan or Bush 41 or Clinton. The reason is what I’ve said for a long time: a President has to be more than just a good speaker with some ideas. He has to be … an executive. He had to run the government.

It’s true that the government wasn’t running terribly well when Obama came into office. I agree with Light’s assessment of the Bush 43 Administration as incompetent. But all Presidential administrations inherit problems. All government agencies accumulate cruft over the years that impedes their functioning. Good Presidents — Reagan, Clinton, Bush 41, Eisenhower — understand that you have to periodically overhaul government agencies or they get bogged down in their own red tape. Obama has done none of this. He’s just given the government more and more and more to do and then acted all surprised when it can’t do it.

However … Light simply can’t resist the Cult of Obama. In the end, the real villains out there are .. brace yourself … Republicans. Some of this is the usual blame of the previous Administration (although Bush apparently take all the blame for 9/11 even though he was only nine months into office and the only prior warning was a vague assessment that Al-Qaeda was going to strike in the US). But there’s also this:

Republicans exploited the Democratic cowardice by doing everything in their power to undermine performance. They stonewalled needed policy changes, and made implementation of new programs as difficult as possible; they cut budgets, staffs, and collateral capacity to a minimum, proving the adage that the logical extension of doing more with less is doing everything with nothing; they used the presidential appointments process to decapitate key agencies, and appointed more than their share of unqualified executives; and they muddied mission, tolerated unethical conduct, and gamed the performance measure process to guarantee failing scores for as many government policies as possible.

This is … not to put too fine a point on it … bullshit. Almost all of Obama’s failure are his own damned fault. Very few can be pinned on Republican obstructionism or Democratic “cowardice” (Democrat cowardice being defined as a refusal to enact the most radical far Left agenda imaginable). Let’s go through the Obama failures they list one by one and see where the blame lies:

  • The Deep Water Horizon Spill. It has been fashionable for people to blame this on “deregulation” or regulatory capture. Even if that were true, Obama had been President for two years and had appointed his own people to run federal agencies. But it’s not true. The Deepwater Horizon Study Group — based out of that bastion of conservative ideology UC Berkeley — concluded that it was BP’s fault for being lax on safety and not meeting existing standards for safety. This was a corporation cutting corners in appalling ways. There’s no regulatory regime on Earth that could oversee every single aspect of an oil company’s platform.
  • The Boston Marathon Bombing, the Fort Hood Shooting, the Undie Bomber. In all three cases, there was prior warning that something bad was going to happen. And in all three cases this was ignored. But to blame this on “cutting budgets” is mind-boggling. Homeland security is one of the most massively overfunded agencies in the government. The WaPo itself did an expose on just how much money is being poured into national security.
  • Benghazi. Budget cuts did not cause the Benghazi debacle. The State Department ignoring warnings about a dangerous volatile situation. And then they compounded their error by trying to pretend it was a spontaneous protest that no one could have foreseen. Every investigation has concluded that this was the result of State Department incompetence, not evil Republican budget-cutting.
  • The Navy yard Shooting. I’m not sure how any government program — other than seizing all the guns in the country — would stop a nut from smuggling a gun into a building and blowing people away.
  • Healthcare.gov. This one was all on Obama. They bid it out to a shaky company, lied about how well it was going and then launched a flaky buggy website rather than wait a few months to fix it to avoid any political heat.
  • The VA Scandal. This problem has been building for a long time, long before any mythical Republican obstructionism. And Obama had six years of warnings about it and did nothing.
  • Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion. The liberals were blaming this on deregulation before the debris even hit the ground. And the investigation has concluded that regulations were lax. But they also criticized the company for cutting corners and criticized local and state regulators for dropping the ball. And again, it’s not like Obama demanded more funds to inspect fertilizer plants.
  • Secret Service Columbia Hooker Scandal. The only scandal here is that the agents tried to stiff some legal sex workers out of their money. This was not because of a lack of oversight or budget cuts.
  • IRS scandal. This wasn’t a lack of money, despite desperate attempts by such as Vox to argue that it was. It’s true that the IRS didn’t have the resources to thoroughly investigate all the 501(c)(4) groups applying for status. But they responded to this not with random investigations but by targeting groups that they thought opposed the President. This was abuse of the system by the supposed overseers. And we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of it.
  • NSA Leaks. This is a scandal and not the NSA’s abusive programs? In any case, the NSA does not lack for funding and Obama has resisted any attempts at more thorough oversight.
  • Chevy Cobalt recalls. Can’t pin this one on Republicans. They’re not the ones who put together this “controlled bankruptcy”.
  • General Services Administration Conference: You may remember this one: the GSA blew $800,000 on a Vegas luxury trip. The thing is … the GSA are the government’s overseers. This isn’t a matter of budget cuts. This is a matter of quis custodiet ipsos custodes? That’s supposed to be Obama or his cabinet.
  • Operation Fast and Furious. Yeah, Republican were all about gun-walking.
  • I would add one more to that list: the Border Crisis. The Border Patrol are overwhelmed by the current crisis and the problem throws its roots down in long-term policy. However, Obama wasn’t exactly screaming for more resources or demanding changes in the law. If anything, he’s neglected the border and ignored the exploding violence in Central America.

    Look over that list. Maybe you can shade some blame on Republicans for the fertilizer plant explosion or the VA scandal. Both of those problems long pre-date Obama. But even in those two cases, it wasn’t like he was screaming for more resources to deal with them. He has neglected the basic oversight duties of the government and then, when it literally blows up, tries to blame it on Republicans.

    But even punting those two, almost all of Obama’s failure are the result of incompetence or idiocy by members of the Administration. Almost none were a result of Republicans “gutting” spending and oversight or intimidating the President. They are the result of a disorganized bumbling Administration that can’t manage the basic functions of government but is constantly coming up with new ones for it to try out.

    It’s Almost as If … Gun Freedom Works

    We all know that guns are an evil talisman that makes people do bad things. Why crime-ridden cities would be completely safe if they just got rid of those darn guns. Take Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. If only the guns laws were stricter, Chicago would see a drop in crime as big as say … uh … wait … Detroit?

    Fed up with crime, some armed Detroiters have developed itchy trigger-fingers — and Police Chief James Craig said lawbreakers are getting the message.

    Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

    “Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

    “I can’t say what specific percentage is caused by this, but there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect,” Craig said.

    Craig has been making statements like this for a while and drawing erratic fire from the gun-grabber lobby, which has decided, in the face of numerous studies showing that gun ownership reduces crime, that damn the facts, guns cause violence.

    “Our position is, more guns equals more crime,” [Coalition to Stop Gun Violence director] Horowitz said “These are complicated issues, but the empirical evidence shows the states with the lowest gun ownership and the tightest restrictions have the fewest instances of gun violence.

    This is, strictly speaking, not true. If you look at the correlation between gun ownership and total violence, you’ll find it’s weak. There are huge outliers — much of the Midwest has high gun ownership and low levels of violence. And some of the most violent cities in America have tight gun control laws and low levels of gun ownership (Washington DC, Chicago). The worst you can say is that the literature is mixed on whether gun ownership prevents violence. The more accurate statement is that a significant amount of research shows that gun ownership does, in fact, prevent criminal violence. Just ask the people trying to restore some semblance of order to Detroit.

    On Twitter, I’ve been referring to gun control as The Left’s Global Warming. This was in response to an article by Paul Krugman in which he said this:

    Yes, liberals are sometimes subject to bouts of wishful thinking. But can anyone point to a liberal equivalent of conservative denial of climate change, or the “unskewing” mania late in the 2012 campaign, or the frantic efforts to deny that Obamacare is in fact covering a lot of previously uninsured Americans?

    I listed a bunch of things liberals are in denial about but gun control is becoming more and more the issue where the dementia is most pronounced. I have written a series of articles on my own blog (here, here, here, here, here and here) illustrating the lengths the gun grabbers will go to make their point. It includes every trick in the denial book. They cherry-pick, they misquote, they obfuscate, they dismiss massive studies that dispute their points in favor of small ones that support them, they accuse researchers like John Lott of fraud while ignoring the proven documented fraud on their own side. They say things like “Australia banned guns and saw a sharp reduction in violence” while ignoring that the United States liberalized its gun laws and saw a sharper decline in violence. They excuse Chicago’s explosion of violence despite strict gun laws by saying guns are being brought in from other cities … as if the cities that have not seen an explosion of violence are situated on Mars with no neighboring cities of their own.

    The fall in Detroit’s crime is not entirely due to civilian gun ownership. But if we believed the hysteria of the gun grabbers, all those guns in the hands of civilians should we making things worse, not better. It’s good to see one policeman who actually gets it and isn’t afraid to let people know.

    Airplane Downed in Ukraine

    I’ll pop up from my week off the internets to open a thread on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which was apparently shot down over the Eastern Ukraine today, possibly by Russian separatists. I’m not ruling out anything at this stage. We’ll have to see what comes out of this investigation. I’ll just note that I’m puzzled as to why the separatists would shoot down a passenger plane that was just passing 33,000 feet over their area. But given Putin’s attempts to blame the Ukraine for this, it’s looking bad for the separatists.

    Stay tuned. This could go a lot deeper than we think.

    Liberal NIMBY strikes again

    If you have been living under a rock, you might have missed the current Obama Administration approved invasion from the south that’s been causing problems like this one, that will in the end hit us all. Me, I think this is yet another one in the many arrows in this administration’s quiver of “Destroy exceptional America” that the Obama administrations people have been running. But the real interesting thing is how the liberal left, which constantly advocates for exactly this shit, when themselves impacted, suddenly doesn’t like the idea so much.

    When the pols in my deep blue state were told they were going to have to help the Obama administration hide what they were doing, they said , hell no. The same has happened in the deep blue state of Maryland. That’s the same guy that called all the people that were saying that this disaster was Obama’s doing and on purpose, evil and implied they were motivated by racism. This story repeats itself everywhere.

    The bulk of the nay-sayers are the libs that love this policy of letting in illegals that because of their dependency on government handouts will likely vote – and do so illegally – for the democrats. Some however, love the idea so much they are willing to put their money where their mouth is.

    Only in America. Ask the Guatemalans how Mexico treats then when they jump that border.

    Even That’s Too High

    Hollywood would have you believe that it’s closer to 50%, the goons on the LGBT payroll think that is a good starting point, but it turns out (kinda what we thought all along) that the rainbow kids are not as ubiquitous as we’be been told;

    Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

    The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

    The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”

    The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

    In my best Hillary voice ,”What difference does it make?”. Increasing the numbers seemingly gives them a stronger voice, more clout, but considering the caterwauling that emanates from that side of the sexual isle, numbers are irrelevant.

    Considering the stigma attached, yes, it still exists with all the baggage in tow, getting reliable numbers even today seems like a crap shoot. Regardless of anonymity, some would prefer not sharing sexual preferences, and some (I’m looking at you loony progressives) would skew the numbers and lie, just to advance their own social agenda. When a negative connotation is attached (how much TV do you watch- do I really want to prove I’m a coach potato, how many drinks in one sitting- wow, maybe I got a problem, do you eat junk food- just what I need, the food Nazi’s after me) for whatever reason, getting reliable data may be difficult.

    The simplistic approach would be, it’s only sex, who cares? And for the majority of folks, they don’t, consenting adults and all that, the individual’s pursuit of happiness and all that, or ,”You can’t help who you love”, but there is an entire political movement attached, and that movement can be as ugly and abusive as need be. Some might consider it the natural snap back/ricochet affect of political moments, like Affirmative action, a response to years of discrimination-by resorting to more discrimination but on the other side.

    Keep Him Away From Me

    Keeping Bergdahl front and center in the news may seem counter productive (why rub our nose in it) but since this administration views his release (and the price paid for it) as a smashing success, much like bagging OBL, I suspect we will see no end to the Bergdahl Reunion Tour, I smell a WH beer summit in the offing. But is putting him back on active duty really a smart thing?

    Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday.

    Sergeant Bergdahl has finished undergoing therapy and counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio, and will assume a job at the Army North headquarters at the same base, Fort Sam Houston, the officials said.

    He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.

    Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.

    Ya think, maybe, this new job of his might involve the handling of live weapons?

    I think it is a terrible idea to put him in the general population among other soldiers, I would want to kick his ass.

    Six weeks is plenty of time to interview him, interview all the pertinent personnel that were there, plenty of time to get a handle on what happened and to make a decision to either court marshal him and file desertions charges, or release him from military service. Either or as far as I’m concerned, if he did not desert, in which case he has suffered enough and warrants an early release, or he did, in which case his next stop should be a prison cell.

    I know he deserves a presumption of innocence and should get a fair hearing, your typical soldier may not be as magnanimous. Given what facts I know now (probably incomplete, I admit) I would not want him anywhere near my platoon, keep him isolated and preferably off any military installation. Shit or get off the pot, but let’s put an end to this Bergdahl saga.

    Please don’t stop golfing Mr. President!

    WaPo has an article how the newly elected government of India has opted to roll up their sleeves and go to work and gave up pleasures like golfing. I am certain this is the WaPo’s way of criticizing Obama, whom has set new records for finding things to do that don’t involve working, and spurring him on to fixing the mess we are in. Unfortunately for those of us that are not idiots of the left, and understand our problems are caused precisely because the leftists in charge are doing “something” to fix things, this is obviously a terrible piece of advice for the WaPo to give. In fact, I would like Obama, and for that matter most, if not all, democrats, to do nothing but go golfing, or whatever. What the country needs is less of these people trying to fix things, because that’s why we are in the mess we are in.

    Res Ipsa Loquitur

    A short story about a Vietnam vet, a busted up wheelchair, and a couple of store employees who get it.

    In a world gone mad there still exists folks who listen to their conscience and regularly calibrate their moral compass. No blandishments or sugar coating required, the story speaks for itself.

    The cynic in me hopes these employees don’t get canned. With stories all over the place of store employees getting fired over doing good, grabbing shoplifters and stopping actual crimes committed in the stores, some involving firearms, heroism is more times than not rewarded with a pink slip.

    The second comment down has a man, a complete stranger, offering this vet a new wheelchair, no strings attached. Humanity surprises us sometimes, it shouldn’t, but compassion is alive and well, the real stuff outside the bastardized version the progressives peddle.

    Will Have Sex With A Pan For Money

    Some whinny millennial is making the news of late, displaying her tale of woe on the internet for the purpose of begging for money. Not real original but when you can wave the LGBT flag around, suckers and their money are soon to follow, throw in a little sexual bigotry and ring the cash register;

    A lesbian college student has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for her tuition after her parents learned she was gay and cut her off.
    Kate Koenig, 19, said her ‘homophobic’ parents refused to pay for her classes at the University of Pittsburgh after her father opened her mail last year and learned about her sexuality.
    Determined not to let their decision affect her education, Koenig is now hoping to raise $15,000 to cover her tuition, living expenses and her medication for asthma and allergies on GoFundMe.
    Koenig, who said her parents also took issue with her female-to-male transgender boyfriend, explained that her extended family are also homophobic, meaning she has no one she can turn to.

    I could not care less what sex or species she prefers canoodling with, if Orange Is The New Black has taught me anything, it’s that girls that age like to experiment, what floats your boat then may not now.

    I know it’s not fair, but with so many sob stories emanating from lesbians, I don’t believe her for a minute that mommy and daddy cut her off because she don’t like dick. Dayna Morales immediately came to mind. Hitting folks up for money while feigning discrimination is not new.

    I don’t even care that she is begging, asking for money, some sympathetic mope might contribute, it’s not like stealing, you know where your money is going. And it sure beats selling your virginity over the internet like we have seen before. I don’t like that she dragged her parents into her little subterfuge, it makes for a better story but they deserve better considering they already popped for her first year of college. I don’t think she is a total deadbeat since she did have a job, but no one is entitled to a job and no one is certainly entitled to 4 years of college gratis.

    As some one who was living on his on at 17 and had to fend for himself with no lifeline or parental income for stability, I know by what she speaks (no internet back then so this scam was unavailable to me). If she can go through life financed by the kindness of strangers, good on her, but she will be better served getting a job, any job, and going to JC until she can pay for her education herself. Or more student loans, Obama will save her in the end.

    Oh, and I had to look up what a pansexual was, kids nowadays.