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September 17, 2014

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IRS scandal and gays in the military

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Why is it when conservatives spend billions of taxpayer dollars throwing people out of the military due to their perceived sexual preference it is OK, yet when the IRS targets conservative organizations it’s criminal? Shouldn’t they both be criminal?

How about we investigate both and jail all of the perpetrators, including the lawmakers who used the government to attack brave soldiers who risked their lives defending our country just because of the soldiers’ sexual preference? If you’re not outraged by the IRS scandal and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” attack on gay soldiers by the military, there’s a word for that: hypocrite!

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  1. Personally, I am glad the 1993 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell ' policy was repealed once public perceptions of Gay and Lesbians became more enlightened.

    I also hope that public perception 'never' evolves to the point where it is deemed OK to use the intimidating power of the Federal Government via the IRS to investigate a certain segment of organizations applying for 501(C)4 status.

    Michael

  2. Where was the media outrage for years when the President and Administration "targeted" FOX news? Conspicuously silent. Once AG Holder went after the AP reporters, the gold standard of the news, mainstream media had a change of heart and became very vocal. Obama's friend Holder has got to go.
    Carmine D

  3. Future,

    If you research carefully, you will find that although former President Clinton signed off on the policy, he did not favor it. He tried to push through a more enlightened policy but received so much flack from the military and the public that he was forced into supporting 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. Even Barry Goldwater, at the time, was against the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

    I'm not a big Clinton fan but this is something that he really cannot be blamed for. He had the enlightened view but the public and military did not.

    Michael

  4. Personally, I wouldn't care who was next to me in a foxhole as long as I could be sure he was watching my back. But I think Klamann goes a bit overboard with his nutty assertion that "billions" were spent to keep "unstraights" out of the armed services. Perhaps it's a personal thing with the guy.

  5. What ever will Future and his ilk do when Obama is no longer in the White House? Who will they have to blame for another depression or recession? Who will they blame for another war? Who will they blame for the rising cost of living and huge corporate profits? Who will they blame for the shrinking working class? It certainly can't be anyone elses fault, can it?

    Have a good Memorial Day all, remember those who gave their lives for us all.

  6. Chuck333, referring to Clinton and "Don't ask. Don't tell", writes (6:30 a.m.) "Clinton signed off on it end of story. If he didn't like the idea he shouldn't have."

    Written like a definite hard-core right wing ideologue. In REAL life, some ideas are rotten, but have to be accepted simply because they are at least a tad better than what we have and any fight will simply preclude that "tad better" improvement.

    A key trait in a political leader is the ability to recognize when it is better to roll over and accept the inevitable than to wage, and lose, a costly fight.

    "Don't ask. Don't tell" was one of those instances for Clinton. It was the best he could possibly get under the circumstances and he decided it was better to accept that minor improvement than to lose a fight to the death for a better idea.

  7. chuck333 - "I'll stand by what I believe. Call me what you want but at least with me you know what you get."

    "Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread."

  8. My question to Robert & Vernos: why do you bother to read, much less answer, those who post anonymously? I don't. If they haven't the guts to put their names to their thoughts & opinions, who cares what they have to say? They deserve no part in any discussion. Why the LV Rag even gives them a place to vent is a mystery to me. Only those who ID themselves should have their thoughts and opinions included in the discussions. I give "unknown sources" short shrift when it comes to veracity and trustworthyness.

  9. Jerry (lvfacts101): Because there is some faint possibility that some ignoramus will actually believe them and I just MIGHT be able to head them off.

  10. Ref Future's comment of 11:17 a.m. yesterday: "So do liberals acknowledge that is that an acceptable answer for a lame duck Bush having to sign the Reid-Pelosi laws and budgets while Reid-Pelosi were in control on Congress?"

    Not at all. Bush repeatedly declared himself exempt from having to pay attention to the very legislation he signed. For example: "President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill."

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articl...

    If he was going to simply ignore Federal Laws why shouldn't he try to earn a Brownie point by signing them?