Tagged Justice Department

Your Tax Dollars at Work

So, some Internet trolls have decided to say nasty, vile things about a judge, and they decided to say those nasty, vile things online. This, to say the least, is bad and stupid. Common sense–and time-honored Internet wisdom which is time-honored for a very good reason–dictate that the best response to this trollish behavior is no response at all. Do not feed the trolls! The Justice Department, however, is not interested in observing the dictates of common sense and/or time-honored Internet wisdom, which is time-honored for a very good reason. It has decided not only to feed trolls, but to…

“No School Choice for You!”

If you’re the kind of revolutionary, trailblazing, damn-all-conventions parent who wants your child to have–gasp!–a quality education, and you would like to have the ability to get your child into quality schools just like rich people do, then you don’t have a friend in the Obama administration: One of President Barack Obama’s conceits is that he is a pragmatist who seeks policies that work rather than pursuing a partisan agenda. On school choice, he doesn’t live up to the advertisement. His administration has been relentless in its ideological hostility to the idea, and seized on every possible pretext to express that…

Now Under Attack: School Choice in Louisiana

I am one of those radical revolutionaries who believes that education is the great civil rights struggle of our time, and that as part and parcel of that struggle, parents who don’t like the public schools where their kids are going ought to have the right to take their kids out of a failing public school and use vouchers to exercise school choice–including patronizing private and religious schools where kids can receive better educations. I believe this strongly enough that if I were re-drafting the Constitution, I would make school choice–along with economic liberty–part of the Bill of Rights. I…

The Justice Department Is Fudging Statistics

Jonathan Weil calls Eric Holder out on the practice: The Justice Department made a long-overdue disclosure late Friday: Last year when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder boasted about the successes that a high-profile task force racked up pursuing mortgage fraud, the numbers he trumpeted were grossly overstated. We’re not talking small differences here. Originally the Justice Department said 530 people were charged criminally as part of a year-long initiative by the multi-agency Mortgage Fraud Working Group. It now says the actual figure was 107 — or 80 percent less. Holder originally said the defendants had victimized more than 73,000 American homeowners. That…

Accountability Has Become Such an Antiquated Concept

Gene Healy  on the president who is never there: “Hey, don’t look at me — I’m just the president!” That’s the common thread in President Obama’s response to his recent scandal eruptions, from IRS harassment of Tea Partiers to his Justice Department’s spying on AP reporters. Like everybody else, Obama learns about these things via cable news, according to press secretary Jay Carney.Obama’s flight from responsibility punctured the stratosphere in his recent speech on “the Future of Our Fight against Terrorism” at the National Defense University in D.C. In the speech Obama seemed to position himself as the loyal opposition…

Scandal Watch (The Saga that Won’t End)

The latest: The IRS targeting of conservative groups is only a “so-called scandal” in the eyes of some, who coincidentally, probably don’t like conservatives all that much. Equally coincidental, I am sure, those calling the IRS scandal a “so-called scandal” are members of the media, which we are repeatedly assured is never ideologically biased and treats both sides of the partisan divide fairly and honorably. Rich Lowry points out that the IRS scandal–which really is much more than a “so-called scandal”–“is a scandal of administrators and bureaucrats, of otherwise faceless people endowed with immense power over their fellow citizens and running free…

Scandal Watch (A Continuing Series)

So, let’s review the latest: Concerning the IRS scandal, we learn that Lois Lerner was “directly involved” in the targeting of conservative groups. This included signing letters that contained “a list of detailed questions of the kind that a Treasury inspector general’s audit found to be inappropriate.” Organizing for Action is a 501(c)(4), which means that it is supposed to act in a non-partisan capacity when engaging in advocacy. So naturally, the president of the United States–who is anything but non-partisan–has signed a fundraising letter on behalf of Organizing for Action, which includes a request to register at this site, which as you…

The Washington Post Editorial Board Eats Its Wheaties

And comments powerfully on the case of James Rosen: A FREE press in a democracy demands a delicate balance. The First Amendment means the media must have the right to inquire without hindrance. The government has a legitimate interest in keeping some national security information secret. When these come into conflict, the balance often has been struck this way: The media are free to pursue secrets, but it is up to those in government to keep them. When the media come into possession of information that, if disclosed, could be damaging, the government can plead the case for secrecy — and the media generally are open…

Eric Holder: No Friend of Reporters

We now know that the attorney general of the United States signed off on a search warrant for the private e-mails of Fox News reporter James Rosen: Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing…