Listen, I mentioned that government is coercion:
We allow ourselves to be governed in exchange for a certain degree of order. We allow ourselves to be subject to the confiscatory practice of taxation in order to pay for that order, that law and order.
And we give power to men that we wouldn’t otherwise give.
Power corrupts – absolute power corrupts absolutely.
This is true independent of who is in power – my guys or their guys. So it’s no surprise that there is crisis in government at any given time. What IS surprising, or maybe not, is the fact that crisis is different depending if you are one of my guys or one of theirs:
In less than 48 hours, ABC, CBS and NBC deluged viewers with coverage of Chris Christie’s traffic jam scandal, devoting a staggering 88 minutes to the story. In comparison, these same news outlets over the last six months have allowed a scant two minutes for the latest on Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service scandal. The disparity in less than two days is 44-to-one.
From Wednesday through Friday morning, the latest on Christie’s Traffic-Gate led 11 out of 13 news programs. NBC produced the heaviest coverage, over 34 minutes. CBS followed close behind with more than 30 minutes. ABC came in third with just under 23 minutes.
To be sure, the IRS scandal broke some time ago and a comparison to disparate time frames is problematic. However, the facts are pretty clear:
1. The IRS scandal was far more widespread and premeditated.
2. Both represent political retribution.
3. The IRS has dramatically more power than any individual involved in the bridge fiasco.
4. Christie took positive and forceful actions – Obama has yet to even acknowledge that his administration did anything wrong.
It’s simple, Obama grew up in Chicago, learned how to manipulate power in Chicago and is accustomed to governing in a manner consistent with Chicago.
The most ironic statements in all of this Christie controversy? That the tone is set at the top for the administration.
Indeed. No serious person doubts that those responsible for the IRS scandal felt that what they were doing was exactly what Barack Hussein Obama wanted to be done.