The “hair-on-fire” set is now condemning the administration for the actions of a small IRS group in Cincinnati for targeting conservative organizations. Specifically the IRS was concerned that some of the Tea Party organizations applying to be classified as 501(c)(4) organizations seeking social welfare status, i.e. tax free, may not have qualified.
If these IRS workers were doing this for a political reason, they should be fired. If on the other hand, they were just doing their job, they should be commended. Since the Tea Party groups have maintained their 501(c)(4) status, it appears that they were just doing their job, but we still don’t know the facts yet. This has not stopped those who make their living at being outraged about anything and everything from being outraged.
Jason Collins is the first active player in a major men’s team sport to admit to being gay. This courageous action might be another significant event to remove society’s bias against gays. Good for him.
When the “sequester” first became law many said: “see, no impact, it’s good to cut government spending at all levels.” This week we’re seeing a different story. At the beginning of a busy travel season the FAA is forced to furlough air traffic controllers resulting in delayed flights. This impacts everyone traveling by air, including those in Congress that allowed the sequester to become law.
Soon we will see cuts in defense that will impact those employed by the military directly and indirectly is a major way.
The sequester was stupid, and now we’re paying the price.
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
And with Jonathan Winter’s passing, a sad world too.
Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister has died. Polarizing and hallowed by the radical right, Thatcher made a big stamp on political history.
The President has been doing a little international traveling lately. First touching down in Israel where he was warmly, and I mean warmly greeted by Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres . Then on to the West Bank where he was likewise warmly greeted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Peres gave the Obama Israel’s highest honor – the Presidential Medal of Distinction. When the President spoke to in Jerusalem to an audience of primarily young people, his statements about peace received rounds of thunderous applause. Why is that so important? Because they have first hand knowledge due to their compulsory military service.
All the poopy-pants Obama haters and chickenhawks are still saying Obama hates Israel. But there is no doubt that this trip was a tremendous foreign policy success.
On 19 March 2003 the U.S. and members of the coalition invaded Iraq. Many are still asking why. Retribution on Al-Qaeda for the 9/11 attack? WMD? Preemptive strike? Removing a tyrannical despot? Or was there a hidden agenda (or agendas)? Was this a success? A mistake?