The below copy/paste pretty much summarizes the Benghazi hearings thus far – here you have a conservative speaking the truth of it and equally lambasting everyone. Will wonders never cease? Too bad others including those among the opposing party aren’t willing to do the same.
This coincides with my remarks that if hearings are going to be conducted they should be in the form of an independent commission – wouldn’t have the same theatrical value but then theater shouldn’t be what it’s all about.
Those opposed to such an independent commission undoubtedly understand the value of a bipartisan committee for the very reasons Erickson enumerates.
I wouldn’t break out the party favors just yet on either side as there remains the fbi investigation into Clinton’s emails and server.
If they come back seeking an indictment then there won’t be a reason to celebrate in the Clinton camp, if they don’t there won’t be any in the conservative camp.
Either way whichever side doesn’t gain traction will begin the wailing and moaning process of they’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled.
That too a part of the theatrics.
Maryland Democrat and committee member Elijah Cummings went overboard to appear sympathetic and cater to Clinton, wearing his bias like a team jersey, that’s okay as Reps went overboard at times as well, so maybe in the playground recess world of adults behaving like children it equals out.
Probably not a good analogy as children by and large behave better – maybe the solution would be to institute a time out for politicians behaving like squabbling children.
Cummings talked about the wasted money spent thus far, something like 4.5 million – that’s a lot of money, but chump change in comparison to the way the government throws money around like it’s part of a personal bucket list.
Government waste should be an across the board non partisan issue, it of course isn’t though.
But let’s just focus on the 4.5 million – I don’t know how far it would go but since seniors won’t be receiving a cost of living allowance for the fourth year in a row maybe the money would be better spent applying it there.
Which also brings me back to the government treating SSI funds like a personal slush fund and issuing IOU’s. An IOU doesn’t pay the bills, and in view of this SSI inability to deliver a COLA one can reasonably assume thus far not a single IOU has been repaid.
Kind of like pyramiding checks, write another to cover a bad one – knew someone who actually thought that a workable solution until it caught up with them.
Or how about those political junkets often characterized as “fact finding” missions? Was there a junket to Benghazi prior to the attack to do a little fact finding in view of the six hundred odd communications from the mission related to security? Seems to me that would have been money better spent.
What about all those pork barrel projects or funding to study such overwhelmingly important issues as the mating habits of an insect or whatever?
Presidential vacations appear to have some pork in need of trimming as well.
20 million since 2009 for vacations to Hawaii, an equal or greater amount to ferry the previous president back and forth to the ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Am I opposed to presidential vacations? Not at all, I merely attempt to place them in some kind of perspective knowing that a great many hard working people can’t afford one.
Knowing that there isn’t enough money to give a minimum raise to seniors living on a fixed income who could well use it.
Now there are those who stress the importance of appearance on the global stage – the importance of a president being treated as royalty.There has to be a lot of pomp and circumstance.
There may be a value in that but what about the appearance of tens of millions on food stamps and other forms of public assistance?
What about seniors barely making it, some even resorting to eating dog food, is that an image to project?
What about the gulag system referred to as reservations where poverty and unemployment are off the board and probably would lead to a revolt if conditions were the same in the general population?
Politicians, Dem, Rep, or whoever can talk all the bullshit they like along with whatever they think will resonate at the moment, but as they say the proof is in the pudding, and as far as the appearance that’s being projected goes I wouldn’t give a plug nickel for it.
I’ve heard people say the president and politicians comparatively speaking don’t make a big salary – my response is always compared to what? A corporate CEO or an everyday working class person? And let’s not forget the perks.
The big money comes after leaving office – money in the form of books and speaking engagements.
Hillary generally knocks down 225 to 250 k for gracing a podium while delivering such priceless words of wisdom as “leadership is a team sport” – I could do as much for some cheese and crackers, a room at Motel 6, and a days wages. I might not have the “pedigree” but in the current economic climate it might be something to consider.
Bill has knocked down as much as 600k from guess who? The Saudi’s. And 750k for an appearance in Hong Kong for telecom firm Ericsson.
So let’s take a look at this from Hillary’s perspective as a champion of women – her husband is accepting money from a country that beats women for the “crime” of being raped. Their foundation has received tens of millions of dollars from a human rights violater, acted as the middleman for their interests and she has nothing to say as long as the money keeps rolling in.
Obama will probably do even better, the only figures I could up come up with for Bush were 100k for speaking at a fundraiser – but Bush has wisely kept something of a low profile since leaving office and probably not much in demand, understandably so.
Cheney I understand commands something like 75k per, when 75 cents would seem more in line.
I think a president should receive a good salary, and believe they do.
On the other hand I believe the minimum wage should be fifteen or twenty dollars an hour ….. that makes me and anyone else voicing the same opinion a socialist and or enemy of the state depending how many flags a person has draped themselves in or how far they have their heads stuck up corporate nether regions.
Politicians? Their pay should be directly tied to performance just as it is in the workplace. If it were fixed to the minimum wage you can be assured in short order it would be raised.
More than that a mandate should be included in all legislation that they abide by it to the letter of the law – translated that means they all opt in for government healthcare, and rather than raise hell upon discovery ala Nancy Pelosi that they are included in the NSA Big Brother sweeps and demand exemption they should abide by the same related bs they utilized to legislate the NSA and the very rhetoric they spew declaring that it’s all good and necessary.
In the midst of all this lawmakers received a raise as recently as 2013 a cost of living raise as it’s worded.
Something in the amount of nine hundred dollars I believe it was.
Not much you say? Maybe you ought to ask a senior what an additional $75 a month would mean to them, or a single working mother.
Prominent conservative Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of RedState, called the hearings a “waste of time.”
“The hearings are a waste of time because everything about it is
politicized and nothing is going to happen,” he wrote. “Most of the
rest of the committee just wants to grandstand for the folks back home
as either prosecutors of or defenders of Hillary Clinton.”