Among those irrationally opposed to immigration reform this likely won’t matter. “A new survey could ease Republican fears that proceeding with immigration reform would alienate GOP voters. The poll, conducted by Texas Republican firm Baselice & Associates and paid for by the Michael Bloomberg-sponsored pro-reform group Partnership for a New American Economy, found that there is no measurable drop in voter turnout when comparing the immigration positions of three Texas congressional Republicans.”
Irrespective of the appearance of a conflict of interest: “A key ethics investigator at Eric Holder’s Justice Department has contributed $6,100 to Barack Obama’s election campaign even though she has participated in high profile investigations of political misconduct at the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility.”
A new book provides practically irrefutable evidence of what conservatives have long-known: [G]overnment suffers from inadequate information, rigidity, weak cooperation, and mismanagement. Information is expensive and time-consuming to obtain, understand, and keep current. Rigidity stems from politicians’ restricted ability to sway public opinion, and the constitutional system of checks and balances, which creates hurdles both for the enactment of new policy and the repeal or reform of enacted programs. Cooperation is difficult to secure because private sector actors know that the next Congress can change the rules of the game. And mismanagement is the result of the massive fraud, waste, and abuse that inevitably afflict massive government programs.”
Irregularity or par for the course? Well, this administration has never been transparent when it comes to inconvenient facts. “The most comprehensive study of Saudi textbooks ever commissioned by the U.S. government was completed at the end of 2012, but to this date the State Department has kept it from the public. . . . While the content of Saudi textbooks on the surface may appear to be a less urgent issue for the U.S.-Saudi relationship than counter-terrorism, the security of oil fields or Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon, the Kingdom’s support for Islamic extremism has been a quiet priority for U.S. policy makers since 9/11. Saudi textbooks are not only used in Saudi schools, but they are also sent free of charge to Muslim schools all over the world, including in the U.S.” Read the whole thing.
The administration has irresponsibly allowed Syria to become the new Afghanistan. “Army General Lloyd Austin, III, who leads the U.S. military’s Central Command (CENTCOM), recently told Congress: ‘When I took command of USCENTCOM in March of 2013, the intelligence community, the intelligence community estimated there were ~800-1,000 jihadists in Syria. Today, that number is upwards of 7,000.’ Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in February 2014 that ‘Syria has become a matter of homeland security,’ adding: ‘extremists [in Syria] are actively trying to recruit Westerners, indoctrinate them, and see them return to their home countries with an extremist mission.'”
An irresistible admission. “Hoyer: Democrats own Obamacare. . . . ‘Now we can … shuck and jive and, you know, bob and weave and duck and hide,’ he added, ‘[but] I don’t think that works.'” Imagine if a Republican used that language.
Every other justice becomes irrelevant in these cases. “The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support.So went the argument in the combined cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. The ‘contraceptive mandate’ in the new federal health care law, challenged under federal law and the Constitution, fared well in the first scene, and badly in the second. But the ultimate outcome, it seemed, will depend upon how Justice Kennedy makes up his mind.” It usually does.