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Lawlessness only begets more lawlessness

I imagine there are those out there who will write this off as the usual political squabble, but there’s a larger point here, and if you look closely you’ll see it:

Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress’ right to subpoena top administration officials.

Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White House’s claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issa’s push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.

The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was “not excused,” the California Republican added.

White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.

Issa refused to do so.

“We have an absolute right and obligation” to investigate the new White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, he said.

It is about this presidency’s seeming desire to be unlawful.  Screw Congress, screw the law, screw oversight, we (the Executive branch) get to decide what is or isn’t lawful.  And we’ve decided that we have full immunity.

Nice.  And this isn’t even some big agency or the like.  It’s a 4 person office.  It’s about the Constitution and the law:

“This was intended to be a short, and I hope it will be, oversight of a relatively small but in the past controversial office, consistent with our requirement to do oversight even without a predicate of wrongdoing,” he said.

Issa said oversight of the previously troubled political office will help American people be more comfortable and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used properly.

“This is not alleging a scandal at any level,” Issa said of the subpoena. But oversight is still legitimate, he said. ”We are accusing neither the president nor anyone in this four-person office of any wrongdoing.”

Nope … this is just their normal duties.  Oversight.  What a concept.  Make sure that executive agency entities are following the law, spending (or not spending) taxpayer’s money as prescribed by law, etc.

And, as I mentioned yesterday, perception is going to be what?  That they’ve got something to hide.  The optics on this sort of thing are horrible – but they either don’t seem to understand or they don’t care.

There’s no good reason at work here for this president, there’s just arrogance and defiance.  Even the Democrats won’t buy into the total immunity nonsense.

So we sit and watch as this administration continues to thumb its nose at the lawful functions of government and obeying the law.

But why should they?  They haven’t in the past and nothing has happened.  Why should they worry now?


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27 Responses to Lawlessness only begets more lawlessness

  • White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach  .. I gues this is the “Outreach” part

  • There is no need to sue nor hold in contempt. Simply deny funds for that office and a couple more at random until you get the answers. The House of Representatives holds the biggest hammer – money, always the money.
    And that gives us the chance to see the light, separate the Wheaties from the Cheerios. Are our Congressmen honest and honorable? Will they do the right thing to reign in this criminal enterprise that has stolen trillions from the people? Or is it business as usual: shovel the bullshit, jump about, pound the desk, blow the horns and then collect their cut for playing The Washington Generals to The Harlem Globetrotters?.

    • Problem is, if something is funded Obama will divert the funds where he wishes. If Congress cuts all funds it creates another government shutdown, which will be the fault of Republicans. See how it works?

  • Exactly the kind of attitude you predict from a narcissist who has succumbed to hubris.  I’ve seen it in people who are called to a deposition.  They lie a lot, and they feel totally justified in doing it because nobody has any business questioning them, their conduct, or anything about them.

  • Sew…why isn’t ignoring a subpoena grounds for arrest?  Snatch that ass out of bed.  Catch you at Starbucks when your bear gets loose.
    Issa’s ineffectiveness is surpassed only by his impotence.

    • There’s some due process that has to come first.  Almost nothing in the law is that simple.

    See, there is no delusion among racists in the Collective about how clearly they are ruling against the public interest, and that it will cost some of their number elective office.
    Nola importante. The illegal…indeed, TRAITOROUS…plan to legitimize (or at least legalize) millions of low-intensity invaders is too central to the Collectivist long game.

  • “The Constitution states that it’s Congress’s job to make the laws and the president’s to faithfully execute them. It does not permit a president to suspend a law or grant special dispensations from its requirements. But President Obama has done just these things on numerous occasions, and only the federal courts can preserve the constitutionally mandated separation of powers by definitively rebuffing his illegal actions.”
    Yeppers. Well, I think the Congress can do a LOT more, both by way of cutting off fundssssss for various executive agencies AND tightening up the laws so that there is no wiggle room for Pres. ScamWOW to just cheat.
    Some more…

  • Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.
    The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.
    The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was revised, describing him as an “alien lizard who eats Mexican babies”.

    While demagoging the issue of “inversions”, Pres. ScamWOW actually said, “You don’t get to pick which rules you play by, or which tax rate you pay, and neither should these companies.”
    Captain Self-Awareness he ain’t.

  • Don’t worry, this will become a huge issue just as soon as the GOP has the Presidency.

  • There’s some due process that has to come first.  Almost nothing in the law is that simple.
    —- Meh. We’re in the post law stage, you just don’t realize it. Most of us don’t.

    • Shoot, long as the interweb is working, we have food in the fridge and they mostly leave us alone….
      Consider the level of tolerance people in, say, Zimbabwe have for their (non) government and their lot in life.
      We have a looooooooonnnnnng way to go before riots start, just as long as they keep most of us fed, watered and mostly left alone to watch TV.
      We’re sweating 1st world problems like whether or not we can water our lawns.

    • Well, not really the “post law” stage.  We are in a stage where a lot of the law is still working, but on both extremes is becoming a problem.  On the one extreme, it is NOT being applied in a very selective, very cynically political manner.  On the other extreme, it is becoming ridiculously applicable…and onerous…in our everyday lives.
      My view of laws is a lot like Thomas More’s…we need them and want them.  But we need and want a sparing few, well applied, constant and universally binding all of us.  That would give us a happy landscape with clear boundaries which would otherwise leave us free to roam, instead of the Salvador Dali shifting nightmare we have now.

  • So if a Russian proxy attacks and kills a bunch of people from one or more NATO countries…..
    that’s time for…
    three fund raisers and a round of golf!   AmIRight?

    • No. Two rounds of golf. At least.

      • Yeah, you remember right?   When we were 10 years old, if your mother couldn’t find you she couldn’t give you things to do!
        Barry is only in touch for important things like scheduling the next fundraising trip or a visit to Jack-in-the-box where he’ll have a non photo op photo op.

    • He’s set the ship of state on a course for the rocks, and lashed the helm.
      What needs to be done, except keep others off?  He can play.

      • Boarding pikes and axes sir?

      • Nah, the image of him standing off boarders with axe or pike, laughable – he’d be more likely to fling soggy hero sandwiches at you.

        • Nope.  He’d just fenders made of old tires.  Think Sheila Jackson-Lee, Schmucky Shuma, Grandpa Simpson Reid, etc.

  • We have a looooooooonnnnnng way to go before riots start, just as long as they keep most of us fed, watered and mostly left alone to watch TV.

    — Shorter than you think pal. If the grid fails, most of the Northeast will look like Beirut within a week. And the Mexicans will seize their chance in the southwest.

    • That was why I specified fed and watered.
      If the food/water runs out?  yep, you’re right…we’re always about 5 days from anarchy in metropolitan areas.
      Stop the daily supplies coming in, throw in a couple of days for the desperation to build up……stir vigorously.
      Not long at all, less than a week probably before it starts getting crazy when forward thinkers who didn’t actually plan on it start thinking and then start panicking as they realize they’re already suddenly behind the curve.
      But I don’t see that happening yet, and unless there’s a disaster, natural or man made, I doubt it will happen suddenly.
      So long as part of the country is still functioning sorta normally there’ll be normalcy in places to keep the impacted places supplied from.
      I think we’ll all be good little doobees for quite a while, unless all of us go into the crapper at the same time.
      Then it’d be Katey bar the door.

      But I go back to, if they keep us fed, and watered, and amused, most of us are going to go along quietly, just like the little people do in Gaza.