Psycho Leftist Harry Reid Silent On Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill

Reid Silent On Baffling Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill – Daily Caller


Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid refuses to say why for months he has blocked a bipartisan bill designed to ensure inspectors general access all of the official documents they need to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.

Three months ago, the Nevada senator blocked an attempt to pass Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s IG Empowerment Act with unanimous consent, which would make it crystal clear that the 1978 Inspector General Act gives presidentially appointed IGs authority to access all agency records for investigations and audits.

Reid still refuses to change his position or explain his objections. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for an explanation of Reid’s opposition to the bill. The measure is co-sponsored by Democratic senators Tammy Baldwin and Claire McCaskill.

“I cannot imagine anything controversial about wanting inspectors general to have access to the people and documents they need to do their jobs for the American people,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, another co-sponsor of the bill and chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, told TheDCNF.

“Americans deserve a transparent and accountable government, and, this being Sunshine Week, it is particularly concerning that Minority Leader Reid refuses to disclose why these bipartisan, commonsense reforms are being blocked,” Johnson said.

The FBI began denying or delaying records sought in 2010 by the Department of Justice IG after the watchdog published several reports that were highly critical of the bureau. The FBI’s refusals contradicted the 1978 law granting IGs access to “all” agency records, but other agencies quickly followed the bureau’s lead.

The Peace Corps, for example, denied its IG access to data on sexual assaults against Peace Corps members serving abroad, and Environmental Protection Agency officials claimed attorney-client privilege to block the IG from obtaining sensitive records.

Forty-seven inspectors general wrote to members of Congress in August 2014, asking them to protect their independence and access.

Adding to the tension, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) concluded in July 2015 the FBI can withhold wiretapping, surveillance and credit records from its IG.

Grassley introduced the IG Empowerment Act to serve as a final clarification that Congress sides with watchdog access and accountable government over agencies.

“Congress established inspectors general to be watchdogs on federal agencies, to ensure the government is serving the American people in a fair, upstanding and efficient manner,” Grassley told TheDCNF. “Congress gave these watchdogs authority to review all agency records to effectively do their job. Leave it, though, to the bureaucracy to twist the meaning of the simple three-letter word: all. Denying access to all records – access that Congress created – prevents IGs from fully protecting the American people from fraud, waste and misconduct in government.”

Reid shot down this seemingly uncontroversial bill on behalf of himself and other members, but refused to say why. Senate rules in a unanimous consent procedure require opposing members to identify themselves and state their reasons.

“Other senators are concerned about it, and I lead the objection on my behalf,” Reid said on the Senate floor in December. But he did not identify those senators or describe their concerns.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, hasn’t brought the measure back to the floor in the months since Reid’s blocking manuever. A McConnell spokesman said no vote is scheduled before the current session draws to a close.

Until Congress acts, agencies will continue to thwart transparency and accountability, Elizabeth Hempowicz, public policy director for the Project on Government Oversight, told TheDCNF.

“This bill is still extremely important, I would say even more important now than it was when it was first introduced,” Hempowicz said. “Every day that goes by without action from Congress to undo the OLC opinion from last July stating that DOJ IG does not have unfettered access to all of the agency’s documents bolsters that opinion and undermines IGs across the government. Until Congress passes the bill, that memo can be and has been used to block oversight.”



This has GOT to be RAAAAACIST!

Or SEXXXXXIST, or some other “ist” Of course if you just read the headline “Swarmin’ With Mormons” it might not seem RAAAAACIST, but since Stacy McCain wrote it, and since he is, like me, not down with the establishment, and is therefore not down with Mitt, well………….. you know what the Karl Roves of the GOP will say don’t you?

If you don’t vote for Mitt, why do you hate America? That was the fundamental theme of Friday’s super-patriotic rally for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at an industrial warehouse here.

After a three-hour drive from Jacksonville, I arrived slightly late and was stunned by the size of the crowd, as evidenced by the cars parked streetside and in every parking lot near the Lanco & Harris warehouse. Four TV satellite trucks were parked near the loading dock, and as I walked up the ramp into the warehouse, some cranky geezer was onstage ranting about how he was fed up with all these darned debates.

“Nineteen of ‘em! I’m tired of the mud wrestling!” the geezer said, provoking applause from the crowd of about 500 packed into the warehouse. As I got closer to the stage, I recognized the cranky geezer as Sen. John McCain, who then said: “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!”

OK, maybe I just imagined that last quote, which didn’t show up in Maggie Haberman’s report for the Politico, but I’m sure I got the trademark cranky-geezer tone just right.

Exactly why the Romney campaign wants this elderly loser campaigning for them, I don’t know. McCain lost Florida by 200,000 votes four years ago. But there are lots of grumpy old folks in Florida who are registered Republicans, and maybe having McCain stumping for Mitt generates some sympathy or something.

Stacy knows, as do most of us, that Mitt will win Florida, and that could pave the way for the presidential showdown no Tea Party person, or real Conservative wants. YEP! The Hair vs the Teleprompter! Obamacare vs Romneycare!

Another thing, that just crossed my mind, what if  John Kerry were the president? Imagine him debating Mitt. The Flip flopping would be off the chain. What an opportunity for a pancake house to host a presidential debate.

“Welcome to tonight’s presidential debate, sponsored by Flips House of Flapjacks, home of the the world famous Flip-Flop Flapjack!”

Ya know, I used to really admire Michele Bachmann……………

But, then she started making up “facts” first about Rick Perry, now about Newt Ace has the latest

Michele Bachmann: A Crying Woman Came Up To Me After The Debate And Told Me Newt Gingrich Is Paying Money To Tea Party Groups For Their Endorsement

I made the part up about the “crying woman,” but yes, that is the newest allegation from Ms. Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann lives in a strange world. People talk about “moral relativism.” Presumably they would claim she’s not a moral relativist.

But truth is an objective fact, is it not?

Ms. Bachmann seems to confuse premises which are politically helpful to her for premises which are actually true.

William Jacobson lists some of Bachmann’s earlier tactics here

She’s still the person who built her campaign in the early summer around trashing Sarah Palin via Ed Rollins and was happy to ride that wave while it lasted.

She has not been accurate in her portrayal of her own immigration statements earlier in the debates, and she is running around repeating endlessly something that is patently false, that Newt Gingrich wants amnesty for 11 million people, and she has falsely termed a letter Gingrich (along with Grover Norquist, Jack Kemp and others) signed in 2004 in support of a guest worker program an “amnesty” plan.  Repeating things endlessly does not make them true, and we can do better than that.

Her performance in going after Rick Perry caused Steve Hayward of Power Line Blog to give up on her.

She has been the only candidate explicitly to try to take advantage of Herman Cain’s latest problems by saying it shows that she is the only consistent candidate. 

Truly sad, Bachmann behaves more like a Democrat all the time. As I have said before, I do not mind candidates going after each others records but this fabrication game ought to be beneath a Conservative.

Video-Rick Perry ad Momentum

A very good ad, wake up America, this is the guy we need

PJM has more on Perry’s rising chances

Rather than the hypocrite or megalomaniac, you, too, have choices according to Rush Limbaugh, who listed Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum as legitimate conservatives. Pundette has the story. I’m more than a little stunned that he made a comment like this during the primary. 

Perry, by the way, is rising in the polls. Ken Klukowski says don’t count Perry out just yet:

A long-serving governor of America’s second-largest state, Perry has executive experience and an almost-perfect record on economic, social, and national-security issues. Three of the best lines from the last debate were his—seeing the big picture on Newt’s Palestinian comments, knowing Obama should have recovered or destroyed our stealth drone, and declaring that securing the borders will change the national mood enough to discuss long-term immigration reform.

Moreover, he has tons of campaign cash and a large organization. And coupled with pushing for a flat tax and Balanced Budget Amendment, his support for guns, marriage, and faith will help in Iowa and South Carolina.

If Romney or Gingrich falter, Perry might take it all.

From your lips to God’s ears.

Ed Morrissey reports of Perry’s road trips crisscrossing Iowa now in progress, which is Perry’s greatest strength:

Assuming his back troubles are behind him (pardon the pun), Perry can be a force of nature in retail politics.  He got off to a good start in Iowa when he jumped into the race, but his immediate rise in national polls took his focus elsewhere.  Now with Iowa the only prize that Perry can reasonably grasp at the moment, he’s going all in — like Bachmann and Rick Santorum, the latter of whom has already visited all 99 counties and has built a surprisingly extensive organization.

Mitt Romney, tough on illegal immigration?

Oh Mitt, Mitt, Mitt…………..

Mitt Romney has been demagoging the illegal immigrant issue. He has done this in the tradition of other Progressive Republican candidates. They pick a red meat issue that whips up the base to cover up a liberal agenda. It turns out that as part of Romneycare, illegal aliens get medical care!

The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.

Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.

The program, widely supported in Massachusetts, drew little attention when Romney signed the trailblazing healthcare law. But now it could prove problematic for the Republican presidential hopeful, who has been attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting educational aid for children of undocumented immigrants in Texas.

I suppose if the people of Massachusetts choose to implement this, then that is their right. Just like the people of Texas chose who to give in state tuition to.But, it is odd to find out that Romney is nothing but a hypocrite.

Another very odd thing is how Ann Coulter is all over the Romney bandwagon, just like she was on the Christie bandwagon. Why is she so eager to get a soft Conservative nominated? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe she digs mandates?

In 2009 between 46,000 and 49,000 Massachusetts residents were fined under that state’s Romneycare law for not having health insurance, or for having a policy that did not include all the mandated coverages imposed by that law.

Ready for another asinine hit piece on Rick Perry?

If you believe that the media wants to derail any Republican candidate that poses a threat to President Obama, well…………

A vehicle Perry currently rents t had previously been used in a drug ring. So, like, it’s haunted by Cocaine Ghosts and stuff.


What I’m now waiting to hear is that the plane’s name is an ethnic slur. Like, The Flying Taco-Bender or something.

I wonder what will be next? Maybe Perry wears the same type of shoes as some mobster? Good grief the media is reaching as far as claiming that the word “brother” is, well you know, RAAAAACIST!

I watched the Republican debate last night and didn’t witness a micro-second of racism.

But, I guess I’m just blind to the “code” racists talk, because Rick Perry apparently got his inner Klan member on by calling Herman Cain “brother.”

No, really. That’s what the left is saying:

Hmmm, I am sure that the media will get after Romney should he get the nomination. But for now, they seem to be pulling for him by only attacking Romney’s challengers.

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Kind of reminds me of 2008, when McCain got the media love until he got the nomination. Gee, perhaps we ought to be looking at supporting the candidates (Perry, Cain) who the media is attacking, instead of talking about what a fine debater Mitt Romney is?

Not so fast there Mitt

Jim Hoft fact checks this statement by Mitt Romney concerning illegal immigration and Massachusetts

“In Massachusetts, they enforce illegal immigration and if they are in MA illegally, they get them out.”

OK, but is that statement factual?

Here is what On the Issues website has to say about Mitt’s immigration record:

FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws
Romney claims in his TV ad that he put state troopers on the trail of illegals in his state. But he didn’t do so until he had less than a month left in his term. He was already considering running for president, and the new governor-elect was expected to rescind the arrangement.

Romney began talking about giving troopers the power to make arrests on immigration charges earlier in 2006, but he didn’t sign an agreement with the federal government–a necessary condition for that authority to be granted– until Dec. 13, 2006. Romney was scheduled to leave office Jan. 4, 2007. Democrat Deval Patrick, who had won the race to succeed Romney, had already said the program was a “bad idea” because troopers were busy enough as it was.

Sure enough, Patrick rescinded the agreement within his first week in office so troopers could “focus on enforcing MA laws.” The policy never had a chance to take effect, because those troopers chosen to carry it out hadn’t yet begun a required 6-week training course
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities
Romney promises in his TV ad, “As President, I’ll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities and secure our borders.” Romney might well get tough on sanctuary cities in the future, but he didn’t when he was governor.

During his tenure, at least f Orleans didn’t officially deem themselves “sanctuaries,” but Somerville affirmed its “long-standing policies in support of all immigrants,” while Orleans forbade city officials from turning in illegal immigrants without probable cause.

We asked Romney’s campaign if he had acted against these cities, but they didn’t provide us with any examples. As far as we were able to determine in our own research, Romney made no attempts to penalize, censure, or cut funding to them.
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

Sanctuary City Mitt? That might be unfair, but certainly no more so than the attacks on Rick Perry as being “soft” on illegal immigration is. Perry was ripped by Bachman and others for “giving in state tuition” to illegals last night. Perry defended his action, an action that got almost unanimous approval in the State Legislature, and called it a States Rights issue.

One very important aspect of the law is, as Perry pointed out, the bill DOES REQUIRE that the student has been state resident for at least three years, AND they must be PURSUING CITIZENSHIP! Now, that does not necessarily mean I would sign such a bill if I were governor, but, it galls me that some Republicans are misleading people on this bill and what it does! There ought to be no place for that amongst Conservatives!