Mike Huckabee News
Aug 01 2013
In President Obama’s speeches last week, there were only two new words, but they’ve ignited a firestorm… Details next…The phrase “phony scandals” must’ve tested well, from the way the President and his spokespeople are repeating it like parrots. But to people affected by those scandals, that phrase is a slap in the face. Last week, over 700 retired Special Forces veterans held a press conference. It included veterans of such dangerous missions as the killing of Osama bin Laden. They presented a petition to Congress, urging both parties to support an investigation of the botched security that allowed terrorists to murder four Americans in Benghazi. A spokesman said that with the Commander-in-Chief calling Benghazi, IRS harassment of conservative groups, and the deadly Fast and Furious fiasco “phony and fake scandals,” it’s time for Congress to demand a full, unvarnished investigation. The media have a duty to inform the public, but chances are, you never heard about that press conference until now. That’s another example of a genuine scandal.
Another reason that the “phony scandals” line seems to be backfiring is because to people who are directly affected by those scandals, they’re anything but phony. And since the scandals include NSA surveillance of virtually every American, that makes for one very large mob of ticked-off voters.
Congressional Republicans can sense blood in the water. Instead of being shamed into silence, they’re taking the offensive. Before the August recess, they plan to vote on 10 bills, all aimed at beefing up oversight of abusive bureaucrats. They include proposals to end big bonuses, require approval for conferences, prevent the IRS from handling our health care, stop pay to senior officials while they’re under investigation for serious offenses, and require Congressional approval of any new regulations that would hurt business and cost jobs. Of course, this new oversight push isn’t likely to make it past the Senate. But Republicans are urging voters to pressure them to pass it, and remind Washington bureaucrats that they work for the people, not the other way around. Republican leaders say it’s needed to restore faith in government. Personally, I’d say the best way to restore faith in government would be for bureaucrats to stop falling under investigation for serious offenses in the first place.