The Democratic Party’s Failure on Trade Policy

As anyone who follows the news is aware, Barack Obama's biggest legislative goal for his second term is to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. He may well get fast-track authority in order to push for passage of the agreement, and the agreement may yet pass. I hope that he does get fast-track authority, and …

The Rejection of Democrats and the Obama Agenda, and a Massive Republican Victory

There can be no denying that the midterm elections represent a mandate for Republicans and a massive repudiation for Democrats. The Republican defeat was surprising and devastating; in my own home state of Illinois, Bruce Rauner wrested the governor's mansion from Pat Quinn--arguably the worst governor in the country--despite desperate and relentless negative attacks on …

More Regarding that IRS Scandal which Supposedly Isn’t a Scandal

A lot of suspicious things seem to be happening in this allegedly non-scandalous environment: The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold …

That Scandal the Obama Administration Assures Us Is Not a Scandal Sure Seems Scandalous

Wow: Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop. Well, two more hit pretty hard this week. At the president’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks …

Reggie Walton Seems to Think that the IRS Scandal Is a Real Scandal

And since he is a federal judge, and everything, his thoughts carry a fair amount of weight: IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District …

Not Classy. Not Classy At All.

My move to new digs last week prevented me from providing commentary on last week's Republican primaries. After the ouster of Eric Cantor, I imagine that many Tea Party types were confident that they would rack up more victories against Republicans they perceived as unfaithful to The Cause. So much for that notion. The Tea …

This Is What Integrity Looks Like

Wouldn't it have been nice if someone like Johnnie Walters were in charge of the Internal Revenue Service these past several years? Johnnie M. Walters, a commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under President Richard M. Nixon who left office after refusing to prosecute people on Nixon’s notorious “enemies list,” died on Tuesday at his home in Greenville, S.C. He …

Attention: The IRS Scandal Is Still a Scandal

I continue to be trapped in The Hellish Process That Is Moving, so blogging has been lighter than I have wanted it to be. I am hopelessly behind in some of the stories that I have wanted to write about, which is why I haven't written recently about how the IRS scandal has gone from …