, Newburyport, MA


June 28, 2014

Anderson: I read the news today; why can’t they?


On Jan. 29, the Feds posted on “Federal Business Opportunities” an ad seeking vendors to handle transportation logistics for approximately 65,000 juveniles. “ICE has a ‘mission-critical responsibility for accepting custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children from U.S. Border Patrol and other Federal agencies,’ and then, ‘transporting these juveniles to Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters located throughout the continental United States.’” Wonderful.

6. One issue I couldn’t find in the local newspaper was the rejuvenated IRS scandal, as Congress learns that the emails it’s been demanding from the IRS, about tea party/conservative groups being targeted by that agency during the last election, have been destroyed. I did read an excellent column by Taylor Armerding in the June 20 Salem News online; you might want to find it. But first, look at the photo on this column, then look in the mirror and tell me the truth: Do we look dumb enough to believe that the disappearance of these relevant emails was an accident?

7. While I was gone, Chip told me that House leader Eric Cantor lost his Virginia Republican primary, and I just read an AP piece in The Salem News that said “House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership.” Not sure what’s been accomplished here, except to remind congressmen to spend more time in their districts than in Washington, D.C., which is good advice. Which reminds me, the BBC version of “House of Cards” is running now on PBS.

8. I was really glad to learn that the initiative petition to stop automatic gas tax hikes got enough signatures to proceed to the ballot. Was interested also in the list of other viable petitions: I do like voting on these things myself and expect I’ll be able to find enough information from the media during the fall to vote intelligently.

There is no excuse for low-information voters, and with any luck, they’ll sensibly stay home in 2014 or 2016.

Barbara Anderson is a Marblehead resident and executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. She is a regular contributor to The Daily News.

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