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2012 Election

Did Defense Money Buy NSA Votes?

BigBrother (2) When the House recently defeated a bill to cut funding for the NSA's national telephone-snooping program with a vote of 217-205, it was an example of the triumph of private money over public good. A Berkeley-based nonprofit called MapLight analyzed the vote and compared it with political donations to House members at the request of […] Continue reading →

Pretty Much Everyone Hates Congress

The US Capitol Building According to a poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, Congress is more hated now than ever. Eighty-three precent of respondents think Congress is failing. Wow. I saw a bumper sticker a few days ago that said, simply, “Fire Congress.” Apparently most people agree. It’s kind of mind-boggling actually. How did all these […] Continue reading →

IRS Official Doesn’t Know How to “Take the Fifth”

Simpsons_Fifth Amendment On Wednesday, Lois Lerner, Director of the IRS Tax Exempt Division, pleaded the Fifth in front of Congress. Steadfastly refusing to offer testimony in a vain attempt to stonewall Congressional examination, Lerner’s self-imposed silence was expected. Unfortunately for her, Lerner wasn’t quite silent enough. She succumbed to the rampant but completely mistaken Democrat assertion of […] Continue reading →