We all know that the government lies, but the lies always contain a shred of truth, and that bit of honesty is fodder enough for constructing elaborate stories of success and failure. Here are seven tricks used by politicians, bureaucrats, White House speech writers, and PR types who want to make sure that when the government lies, those lies are believed.
George Washington managed to do his job with a Cabinet of four. Barack Obama has more than twenty Cabinet and Cabinet-rank officials. Our president has demonstrated a knack for assembling Cabinet members that parrot his vision for America. Their talents are varied.
Instead of summoning the guilty from the General Services Administration for a round of Capitol Hill pomp, posturing, and threats, members of Congress should be on their knees thanking the GSA for giving them something inconsequential to be outraged about. Gross abuses of our money like tens of billions in improper payments reflect badly on lawmakers during tax season, especially Democrats in the habit of holding out their hands whenever they get the urge to spend (see: Panhandling Democrats Had Revenue and Taxes for Extensions).
Instigators using the shooting of Trayvon Martin as another excuse to run amok for the media act as if they are borrowing from the same playbook used by angry Muslims in Afghanistan. Just as rioting Muslims responded to the unintentional Koran burning by making their outrage the issue, we are hearing cries for justice that are as gross a violation as whatever happened in Sanford, Florida.
Democrats have been soiling themselves over Citizens United ever since the January 2010 decision opened corporate America’s coffers to election spending. Pushing for the failed Disclose Act to nullify the decision, the president claimed Citizens United would ruin our system of government:
A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.
Do federal legislators feel the slightest twinge of shame that they are finally being forced to consider an insider trading bill like the Stock Act, or is this just another inconvenience like campaign finance reform, ethics reform, earmark reform, or something we will never see, term limits?
Two years of Democratic enabling followed by an ineffectual, gridlocked Congress have helped condition President Obama to believe that he must have whatever he wants, when he wants it. While Democrats amused themselves watching GOP presidential hopefuls hurling criticism at one other, the president again went behind their backs, striking out on his own without the consent of the legislature.