Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2012, Law, Politics, Taxes | Tags: The Chicago Way, The Internal Revenue Service, Winning at All Costs
The New York Times is still willing to plump for the story of a couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office for the unlawful targeting of conservative groups. They are simply wrong, deliberately so, in still trying to blame it all on the couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office. Elijah Cummings (D-My), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has now stated that” the case is solved”—and it’s time for the nation to”move on.” The about face by Mr. Cummings is a disturbing indication of the administration’s desire to get this mess swept under the rug as quickly as possible.
Only days earlier, he was calling for a “thorough investigation” to restore “truth and trust”, and wanted to get to the bottom of whatever transpired at the IRS.
We now know that Washington was deeply involved. We have letters from Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations and IRS attorney Carter Hull. Cincinnati officials have claimed that they were “micromanaged” by officials in D.C. Now a top official in Washington — Holly Paz— has told congressional investigators that she was involved in 20 to 20 of the cases. Her signature is also on letters to clients.
Holly Paz, a senior IRS supervisor in Washington DC admitted to targeting Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. She was personally involved in scrutinizing up to 30 Tea Party applications., including some requests that sat around for more than a year without department action.
She has been placed on “administrative leave” which seems to mean staying at home with full pay. Paz described an agency in which IRS Supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field, but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. She said agents in Cincinnati talked about handling “tea party ” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active, conservative and liberal.
She was only among the first to be interviewed. More to come. Mr. Cummings said “The witch hunt needs to end.”
It is clearly not a witch hunt. There has been a serious erosion of the public trust. A new poll reveals that tow-thirds of American voters believe that the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups as part of an effort to punish political opponents.
Perhaps the thinking is that if President Obama is just out of the country for most of the next month, and concern with the Syrian revolution, maybe people will lose interest and forget all about it, and move on to the next item of interest. Is it possible that the administration does not understand what a serious breach of trust and ethics this whole thing is? The president has been quite casual about going around Congress, ignoring the law, and doing what he chose. This one is too big, and too disturbing.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Freedom, Intelligence, Law, National Security, The Constitution | Tags: No More Privacy, Over-Intrusive Government, Surveillance
If you weren’t already worried enough about surveillance, and having your phone calls, emails, Facebook page and tweets monitored, according to the Gateway Pundit, the Immigration Bill now being debated in the Senate will create a national database on every adult in the U.S. Homeland Security will create a massive federal database containing you name, age, Social Security number and photograph, from state issued photo IDs, according to Wired.
A Senate aide disputed the Wired account arguing that a Supreme Court ruling Printz v. US would prohibit the federal government from forcing state officials to turn over driver’s license images. But already the faces of more than 120 million people are stored in searchable photo databases which are increasingly used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and bystanders in criminal investigations.
Just fills you with confidence in the government, doesn’t it? It’s always been clear that inside every Liberal lurks a little totalitarian who can’t stop trying to rearrange things to suit himself, but it does seem to be piling up.
Filed under: Conservatism, Domestic Policy, Law, Liberalism, Politics, The Constitution | Tags: Arizona Law Struck Down, Today's Supreme Court Opinion, Voter Photo ID
The Supreme Court ruled today on Arizona’s requirement that voters must present proof of citizenship in order to vote. The Court held, by a seven to two vote, that federal law preempts — renders invalid— An Arizona law requiring voter registration officials to reject a voter’s application for registration if it is not accompanied by evidence of U.S. citizenship above and beyond the attestation of citizenship the applicant has made on the federal “Motor Voter” form.
Many conservative writers erupted in high dudgeon, assuming that the majority had just made voter fraud easier than credit card fraud. This is a real dividing point between the two political parties. Democrats usually insist that there is no evidence of any widespread voter fraud. Republicans point to any number of elections that were determined largely by voter fraud. Republicans believe that Democrats depend on voter fraud of one kid or another to win elections. Democrats complain the requiring photo ID keeps many people from being able to vote. Republicans point out that you have to present photo ID to open a bank account, get food stamps, apply for welfare, board a plane, or get into City Hall in most cases.
All is not as it seems though. The Court usually gives some precedence to laws passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. In this case, the Arizona law came after the “Motor Voter” law and attempted to supersede it. At the end of its opinion, the Court suggests several ways that Arizona can accomplish proof of citizenship — ranging from returning to the Election Assistance Commission to getting a clarifying statute enacted by Congress, with several other options in between. Complicated. Here is the explanation from the Scotus blog, and here are the objections from an Investors’ editorial.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Energy, Law, Taxes | Tags: Global Warming Fraud, Misguided Mandates, Wasted Taxpayer Money
To save us from the horrors of global warming, the administration has gone to great lengths to promote electric cars, and hybrids, subsidize their manufacture, offer big tax credits, the government has mandated better gas mileage, and a bad economy and high gas prices have dictated that people start watching how much they drive. When you issue a lot of regulations and mandates there are always consequences. In this case, with less driving, there is far less money coming in the form of gas taxes.
So what next? Will more and more people opt for electric cars or hybrids? Fiskers has given up, the Volt is apparently a flop that catches fire, and a Tesla turns into a brick if the battery runs down. Is there any resale value? The batteries are horrendously expensive. Hybrid and electric cars are sparing the environment by issuing less CO2. On the other hand, CO2 is not the cause of global warming, and in a cooling world more CO2 will help crops to grow.
Hybrids and electric cars do just as much wear and tear on the roads as any gas-powered vehicle, but they are not paying their share of gas taxes. So naturally, states are debating just how to tax electrics so they are paying “their fair share”.
Add in the fact that to promote the use of bicycles, States and local governments have used gas tax money to pay for bike lanes, animal overpasses or underpasses, freeway art, and rest stops that they can’t seem to keep open and functioning. Here in Washington state, electric-car owners began paying a $100 annual fee. Virginia has approved a $64 annual fee on hybrid and electric cars. Arizona, Texas, Indiana, North Carolina are all considering fees. Copycat legislatures. And if someone else is doing it first, then they have an excuse. Expect big hikes in the fees.
The electric cars that were subsidized with taxpayer money (for cars costing over $100,000) don’t sell as well as hoped, even though we offered tax credits as an incentive to buy. And to reduce the damage from CO2 we used taxpayer money to subsidize wind and solar energy, but they cost far more than conventional power, which is the engine that powers our economy. People aren’t excited about wind and solar, so we try to force all the coal-fired power plants out of business, which means thousands of more jobs lost, so there is less taxpayer money coming in. And now there is less tax money coming in from the subsidized buyers of hybrid and electric cars.
If you tried to graph the mandates that kill jobs, the subsidies that don’t work — except to enrich the president’s cronies — the regulations that mean less tax income, and the need to increase tax income because the government spent it all on subsidies, you might well go mad in the process. In both senses — crazy and furious. It all makes no sense. These people do not know what they are doing, and they are making a mess of everything they touch.
When the government finally gives up on the vast solar arrays and the onshore and offshore wind farms, will the failed promoters have to take them down and restore the landscape? Didn’t think so. Many of the enthusiastically installed charging stations for electric cars have already been torn out. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, and we are asked to pay the cost.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Law, Politics, Statism, Taxes | Tags: Free Market Capitalism, Increased Taxes, Regulation and Control
President Obama simply cannot stop doing the things that discourage businesses from hiring, and failing to do the things that wold help improve the employment situation. The biggest downer at present is ObamaCare. The regulations that force businesses to pay for the health care of anyone working 30 hours a week have led, not to a flurry of hiring more people for 40 hour weeks, but to workers being reduced to part-time at 28 hours or less.
Grocery stores operate on a low profit margin, and schedule workers for the hours when the store is busiest. Here, and probably nationwide, more stores are converting to at least partial self-check-out lines. The same for big box stores like Home Depot. Business has never liked being in the health-insurance business, and is using this opportunity to get out of it. Every law, passed in haste, will have unintended consequences. Thoughtful people can anticipate some of them, but things do not work out as expected. In manufacturing plants, more tasks are performed by machines. Who do you call today where you are answered by a human instead of a machine?
The administration has bragged that the economy added 175,000 jobs last month, but the number of job openings actually fell by 118,000 in April. The burning desire of a statist administration is for ever more regulation, ever more control — impulses that create more unemployment. If you refuse to allow the free market to work, you don’t get much work. Economics writer James Pethokoukis plaintively asked recently “Where are the entrepreneurs?”
Starting something new is taking a big risk. People who have a great idea borrow from their home equity, relatives, friends, take out second mortgages and load on debt to start a new business. Why are so many of Obama’s backers looking for subsidies and grants from the government to start a business? To absolve them from the risk of starting on their own.
Free people strive and create; regulated, controlled people hunker down and try to save their money. We have a government at present that wants more people to be dependent on the government. They are paying people to sign others up for food stamps, for welfare, for disability—the help that you are “entitled” to. The thing you won’t see on this chart is the increase in part-time or temporary employment. The problem is not, as is often claimed, available workers lacking the skills needed for the sectors with job openings — but a broad-based lack of demand for workers. Business is hurting. If you listen carefully to the radio, you will hear all sorts of businesses advertising who have never advertised before.
The administration’s efforts to destroy free market capitalism are perhaps the biggest scandal of all.
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Filed under: Freedom, Intelligence, Law, National Security, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Congressional Hearings, Edward Snowden, Low-Information Voters
I have been fascinated with the coverage today of Edward Snowden and the firestorm about NSA and whatever information they are gathering up. Dorothy Rabinowitz had a column in the Wall Street Journal regarding the anti-government leaker and “the school of believers certain than an all-powerful American government regularly plots to invade their lives and subvert their freedom.”
News of data mining looked to be irresistible proof of that faith—their darkest vision of an America at the mercy of a government secretly gathering all sorts of personal information and subverting the Constitution. And there was Edward Snowden, the latest addition to the pantheon of anti-government leakers, releasing a tonnage of classified data about the NSA surveillance programs. …
Trouble is, this latest face of self-sacrifice for a higher cause (Snowden has let it be known he considers his life as a free man pretty much over now) hasn’t been greeted with anything remotely like admiration among Americans, other than sympathizers in the aforementioned groups. From all indications, he’s an object of general contempt well deserving of prosecution—another in the line of socially deranged seekers who found the self-definition they long for in their obsessed vision of their government as the central source of evil in the world. It didn’t help that Mr. Snowden’s explanation for what he did came brimming odiously with virtue—he had, he said, decided to leak material because he thought Americans should be informed so that they could debate the questions he raised.
The number of Americans who hold it as revealed truth that the great peril in their lives is government intrusiveness—as opposed, say, to the menace of terrorist assaults, which the surveillance programs are intended to deter—is small, if vocal. They have been out in force, awash in talk-show oratory over the threat of government surveillance, the checking of phone records.
I thought that was pretty sensible, and Dorothy Rabinowitz has a long history of being quite sensible. But the comments! Readers were furious. How could she make light of the terrible intrusion into their privacy? Cancelled subscriptions, utter fury.
Our government had warnings from Russian intelligence, it was reported, about Tammerlan Tsarnaev, interviewed him and ignored the warnings. If, however, after the event, they can go to the phone company records and get records of the Tsarnaev phone calls, that would seem to me to be a source of other potential terrorists.
When I am online and look at the L.L.Bean’s online catalog, wonder of wonders, whatever websites I visit will probably have an L.L.Bean ad. If I express online interest in a product, I will regularly see ads for that product. Has nobody noticed this phenomenon?
You have been warned, if you are paying attention that your Facebook page will be examined by your potential employers. Your tweets too. I am astounded by the paranoia out there. You have no privacy on the internet. The internet companies are using the information they gather to sell ads, to measure interests, preferences that they data mine to determine public opinion.
There is no privacy on the internet. On the other hand why would anyone want to read my e-mails? I’m here expressing my disagreement with the administration every day, and everything I write is open to any reader. Disagreement is something this administration does not like. Perhaps I should be worried.
Edward Snowden had another interview today with some Hong Kong newspaper, and made the stunning revelation that the US has been hacking Chinese computers for years, both in Hong Kong, and on the mainland. Well, I would hope so. Chinese hackers have been stealing our classified military weapons and aircraft and ship plans for years, to advance their own military abilities without having to dream up the stuff themselves.
Why do people think we have organizations like the CIA, NSA, and any of the multitude of other intelligence-gathering services anyway? My guess is that they have never given it a single thought, ever, and are frightened by the rumors of an out-of-control government prying into their phone calls and emails. Fourth Amendment! Some think the Patriot Act is something unconstitutional.
Edward Snowden is not a hero, just a naive fool. If he has revealed some horrible secret about the evil American government, I don’t know what he had in mind. Governments want to know what other governments have up their sleeves. or in their back pockets, and they worry about some governments more than others. They try to find out secrets, and that’s one way they try to protect us.
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, History, Intelligence, Law, National Security | Tags: Director of National Intelligence, The National Security Agency, U.S. Intelligence Community
Don’t you people read thrillers? The NSA. the National Security Agency ( I’m quoting from Wikipedia here) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and information systems, which involves information security and cryptanalysis/cryptography.
The NSA is directed by at least a lieutenant-general or vice-admiral. NSA is a key component of the U.S. Intelligence Community, which is headed by the Director of National Intelligence. The Central Security Service is a co-located agency created to coordinate intelligence activities and co-operation between NSA and other U.S. military cryptanalysis agencies. The Director of the National Security Agency serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command and Chief of the Central Security Service.
The National Security Agency is divided into two major missions: the Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID), which produces foreign signals intelligence information, and the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) which protects U.S. information systems.
Surely you know about Bletchley Park and Enigma and Lorenz? Codename Ultra? You have heard of Alan Turing, the father of the computer. How about Magic?
Trying to find patterns in the megadata culled from millions of phone calls, emails and radio messages is what NSA does. Has always done. They really aren’t interested in your illicit phone call to your friend’s husband. If it’s true that agents have logged the phone sex between troops in harm’s way and their wives back home, they need to be disciplined. It’s not their business. If these departments are hiring high school dropouts who have no sense about what is secret and why it is secret, they need to fix their hiring practices.
Again, it is the extraordinary abuse of power demonstrated by IRS intrusion into politics and the written requests of party leaders to use FBI access to private information for political purposes — including affecting the outcome of the 2012 election, that has cast suspicion on everything done by the federal government. This is pure abuse of power, and those acts destroyed whatever trust existed between American citizens and their government. The senators involved know who they are and their actions should be formally condemned.
Some out there are braying about “secrets,” assuming that we somehow don’t need any secrets. That we shouldn’t be trying to find out the secrets of others, and just mind our own business. The world was never that naive or stupid, fortunately, or we wouldn’t be here today.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Freedom, Health Care, Law, Politics | Tags: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Rising Cost - Rising Premiums
Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, once famously said that “We would have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” They passed it, but she apparently still hasn’t read it. It is long and confusing, but she clearly still doesn’t know what is in it. She can’t get past her extreme partisanship and speak about it honestly. One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
She doesn’t remember, but here she is in 2012, asserting that she did too say everyone’s premiums would be lower. You Tube is so darned inconvenient. Politicians just haven’t caught up with the fact that their words are preserved for eternity.
Premiums are scheduled to double for most people. Premiums for a family are expected to be around $20,000 a year. With a vast shortage of doctors, wait times will increase to match the horrors of Canada and Britain. How to fix it? Well, just turn it into single payer, which is what the Democrats intended all the time. We were talking about trust and truth telling, weren’t we?
ADDENDUM: The Ohio Department of Insurance announced that based on the rates submitted by insurers, the average individual market health insurance premium in 2014 will come in around $420, representing an increase of 88% relative to 2013. Lt. Governor Mary Taylor said in a statement: “We have warned of these increases. Consumers will have fewer choices and pay much higher premiums for their health insurance starting in 2014.”
A total of 14 companies proposed rates for 214 plans to the Department. Projected costs from the companies for providing coverage for the required (by ObamaCare) essential health benefits ranged from $282.51 to $577.40 for individual health plans. They have not yet been approved by the Department of Insurance. The biggest drivers are 1) risk pool composition charges — forcing the young to subsidize the old, and the healthy to subsidize the sick. And 2) ObamaCare’s required expansion of insurance benefits. Some have the impression that rates are rising because of the law’s requirement or covering pre-existing conditions, but that represents only a very small part of the rise.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Freedom, Intelligence, Law, National Security, The United States | Tags: President Barack Obama, Surveillance and Secrets, Trust and Truth-Speaking
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Filed under: Education, Humor, Intelligence, Law, National Security, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Celebrities and Movie Stars, Whistleblower Edward Snowden?, Who Do You Trust?
How do you know who to believe? How do you sort truth from falsehood? Most of us can be drawn in by a good liar. The radio reports that more than 22,000 people have called for a full pardon for Edward Snowden and called him a “national hero.” We only first heard his name, what? two days ago? And he’s a national hero? Oh, please!
A recent survey by Reader’s Digest searched for “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” Number 1 — Tom Hanks. Number 2 — Sandra Bullock. Number 3 — Denzel Washington. Number 4 —Meryl Streep Number 5 — Maya Angelou. Number 6 — Stephen Spielberg. Number 7 — Bill Gates. Number 8 — Alex Trebek. Number 9 — Melinda Gates. Number 10 — Julia Roberts.
Reader’s Digest said under the headline ‘Trust’ “It’s earned with a person’s integrity and character, exceptional talent and drive, internal moral compass, message, honesty, and leadership. In our annual Reader’s Digest Trust Poll, we asked you to determine the top 100 people in America today who have gained your confidence.”
They seem to be people that Reader’s Digest readers have seen on TV. It is a bizarre list. What could they have been thinking? Tom Hanks? These people are actors. Noam Chomsky is number 20! Jimmy Carter number 24. Obama doesn’t appear on the list until number 65— and that was long before the present scandals.
I once had a manager who was a pathological liar, and it took me quite a while to catch on. Took the company a little longer. We want to believe, and we don’t want to believe that someone has lied to us.
I find the Reader’s Digest list fascinating, for it tells us so much about where people get their information and how they process it. it tells us a lot about politics and about elections, and about our schools. We cannot be free if we cannot learn to distinguish truth from falsehood, fact from lie. Our educators claim that if they are not teaching our kids math and history, at least they are teaching “critical thinking.” Uh huh. Tell me another one.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Law, National Security, Politics, Terrorism | Tags: Leaking Secrets, National Defense
Should the NSA “Whistleblower” go to jail? Of course. He signed contracts that guaranteed he would not release secret information under penalty of law. It’s that simple. If he believes there is actually something wrong in the agency in which he works, he is obliged to go to the inspector general for that agency.
Edward Snowden is a high school dropout, but later got a GED, a junior college dropout, an Army dropout after he broke his legs in a training accident, yet he was stationed by the CIA with diplomatic cover in Geneva in 2007, with widespread access to classified documents. That access, and less than three years of being around CIA officers, made him question U.S. government surveillance policies.
After that he worked as a private contractor at an NSA facility in Japan, then as a private contractor with Booz-Hamilton, a private contractor for NSA in Hawaii, at a salary of around $200,000, from whom he requests leave to cope with his epilepsy. So he encamps for Hong Cong from where he reveals his government secrets to London’s Guardian newspaper.
He says he admires other accused leakers of government secrets such as Private Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but considers himself different. His admiration does not speak well for him.
“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he told the Guardian. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”
This doesn’t add up. What kind of sloppy government hiring and assignments put an Army private or a high school dropout in positions where they have the capacity to steal important national security secrets?
Is the NSA doing something dastardly? Were it not for the incredible malfeasance in the IRS and the clumsy attempts to cover up, the targeting of innocent American citizens who just happened to disagree with the administration, the clumsy efforts to denigrate the opposition just before an election, we might not think so. Who knows?
We have an implacable enemy in Radical Islam. The president wants us to think that al Qaeda has been decimated, but this is not true. The president seems to want us to accept the idea that Iran having nuclear capability is not a big deal. The Secretary of State is arming Egypt’s Radical Islam, pledging to round up $4 billion for them from who knows whom? I will agree that it is quite essential to know what conversations or correspondence is going on between people in the United States and those in suspected locations who wish us ill. But there’s some sloppy thinking here.
Oddly, the Democrats seem far more excited about the idea that the government would monitor phone records or computer records far more troubling than the activities of the IRS in attacking conservative groups for disagreeing with the administration. I guess the idea that a Republican administration might use the IRS against them does not occur, or more likely, they are fairly confident that Republicans wouldn’t do such a thing, and that is probably correct.
President Barack O’Blameless has hauled out his usual straw men—setting up questions that no one has asked— to assure everyone that he is indeed blameless, and gone out to hit the golf course. But the scandals are too big, too ugly, the lies pile up, and millions have been expended for no reason except the political advantage of the president and his party.
That’s not what the American people signed up for. Americans don’t like being lied to, and they want to have some kind of trust in their government. That has been destroyed.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Law, National Security, Politics | Tags: Collecting Your Phone Records, Data-Mining From Internet Firms, Loss of Trust in Government
The big flap today comes from the Guardian’s (UK) article on the federal government’s secret gathering of millions of U.S. phone records. The administration calls the practice a “critical tool” in combating terrorism and insists that such actions don’t compromise American’s civil liberties.
The information acquired does not include the content of any communication or the name of any subscriber,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said aboard Air Force One. “It relates exclusively to call details, such as a telephone number or the length of a telephone call. The information … has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terror threats.”
Earnest added, “The president welcomes discussion of the tradeoff between security and civil liberties.”
Funny, I thought that since the president killed bin Laden, there wasn’t any more terrorism. That seemed to be the drift of the comments on Benghazi and of his foreign policy speech.
I love the hypocrisy. When Bush announced the Patriot Act in 2001, the howling from the Democrats was loud and prolonged. Remember the fuss about the possibility that they might look at what books you checked out of the library? The Patriot Act was quite public, hence the uproar, and specifically designed to intercept calls from America to or from numbers in terrorist areas. And they would be interested if someone under suspicion was checking out bomb-making instructions. I didn’t think it was a big deal then, and I don’t think it’s a big deal now.
In the light of the revelations about the IRS targeting, these things garner a little more suspicion. Now we learn the NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”
The authorization for PRISM, according to Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) as members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, as it is written, doesn’t seem to have enough protections for innocent American citizens. The Administration’s handling of the program is particularly ham-handed. It is ridiculous for programs to be revealed by the Guardian and The Washington Post “according to top-secret documents” at a time when trust in government is dropping precipitously. Horrible public relations.
Oddly, this is making the front page at the same time as the news that Google is hiring the Obama Campaign’s data-mining whiz kids to do some work for Google, but also to form a permanent group to do data-mining type work for the permanent Democrat campaign. If you ever wondered why, when you were doing a Google search, the information from a trusted right-of-center source couldn’t be found till you get to page 48 or 62, now you know. I forget who it was that explained that these techie people only understand Moore’s Law and are utterly clueless about capitalism and politics and the free market.
Google is a major American corporation involved in the information business, already operating in questionable territory with their Google street views photographing everyone’s home, aerial views, organizing the information they gather in politicized ways. That they would go into the business of political campaigns for Democrats and only Democrats is troubling. That doesn’t seem right. Not the fact that it is just for Democrats, but that a retail information business would politicize all their information. That’s going way too far. What do you think?