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May 18, 2013

'Overwhelmed' by the week's news

(Continued)

The IRS has issued an apology for the targeting of assumed Obama-opponents, trying to get ahead of what is expected to be a damning report from the Treasury Department’s inspector general, due out soon. The Associated Press reports that senior IRS officials were notified about the targeting of conservative groups back in 2011. And we are just learning that the AP has also been a target of the government, as the Justice Department had been secretly seizing its phone records.

However, this may fall into the ongoing discussion about Freedom of the Press vs. Homeland Security that can’t be breached by an irresponsible media interfering with a terrorist investigation. Not to be confused with political correctness interfering with the FBI’s targeting jihadist Muslim immigrants.

Speaking of immigration: Amendments are being debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a proposed immigration reform bill that is expected to be sent to the Senate floor this week. The Obama administration and most Democrats continue to support amnesty for illegal immigrants while supporting border security in the sky, by and by. Some Republicans are so afraid of offending Hispanic voters that they’ll pretend that THIS time, amnesty won’t encourage another 11 million illegals to cross the still-unsecured borders, as happened when Ronald Reagan did it.

I’ve been thinking about my grandfather, who, according to family lore, came here from Croatia at age 18 with 32 cents in his pocket, went directly to work in the steel mills and eventually had two children who also worked hard. Can’t help but wonder: if he’d been met at the dock with an EBT card, would his descendants, including me, still be on welfare?

Speaking of Electronic Benefits: let’s trade them in for Essential Better Transportation. I’m waiting for local mayors Driscoll and Scanlon, who want higher taxes for transportation projects, to deplore the waste and abuse in the state welfare system and demand evidence that the new taxes will actually be spent on transportation.

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