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‘Fast and Furious’: What if Eric Holder is Telling the Truth?

Originally posted at BIG Government

In light of the “Fast and Furious” fiasco, the Obama administration is embarrassing itself whenever it tries to convince the public that on issues like healthcare and immigration reform, the government is well equipped to ensure the safety of the American people.

Presently, a scandal surrounding the White House alleges that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) purposely allowed Mexican drug cartel gang members to gain possession of illegal weaponry on the US side of the border. Despite his denials, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are suspected of knowing about the effort whose intent was to track gunrunning kingpins by way of a “tactic known as ‘letting guns walk.’”

Gun walking involved the feds standing by and doing nothing while weapons such as “an antiaircraftmachine gun, a sniper rifle and a grenade launcher” were loaded into trunks by suspected Mexican straw purchasers.  The illegal acquisition of the weapons was overlooked, with the intent to use the guns as a pseudo-GPS system to track down and overtake dangerous Mexican drug cartels.

The problem is, those same guns eventually turned up at murder scenes alongside the bodies of two dead Border Patrol agents, Jamie Zapata and Brian Terry, not to mention the innumerable Mexicans killed in drug wars with guns smuggled in from Arizona.

In a letter to members of Congress, Eric Holder defended his lack of familiarity with the controversial undertaking, maintaining that he had “no recollection of knowing about the operation, called ‘Fast and Furious,’ or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it.”

Some members of Congress believe Eric Holder had prior knowledge of the gun-walking operation.  If the Attorney General continues to maintain he was unaware of the debacle, it must be because he believes that plausible deniability protects and benefits the political future of both himself and the President of the United States.

But Mr. Holder is misguided, because while it would be horrifying to find out he possessed foreknowledge of the failed operation, what would be even worse for big government progressives would be to find out that the Attorney General is actually telling the truth.

Holder not knowing about “Fast and Furious” proves that an Obama appointee’s poor administrative oversight cost the lives of two Americans who died in service to their country, which underscores the potential for massive bureaucratic failures now and in the future.

Both Obama’s and Holder’s attempts to deny complicity serve to verify that every endeavor this administration undertakes threatens more and more innocent people, either through outright incompetency or shameless disregard for human life.

Eric Holder’s actions and denials may be an attempt at feigning innocence, but such efforts undermine Obama’s unrelenting attempts to convince and reassure the nation to entrust government bureaucrats with even larger life-and-death decisions.

Think about it: How can an administration vow to be competent enough to handle the administrative oversight of health care reform for a population of 300 million people if it can’t monitor a small number of guns?

Whether the Attorney General gave his approbation or he didn’t, to track criminals by employing the harebrained idea that murderers could be traced when dead bodies float up in the Rio Grande ultimately affects the credibility of Obama’s future big government plans for America.

The felonious lunacy of “Fast and Furious” exposes the Obama administration’s pervasive impotence on every level. Regardless of how President Obama tries to give surety to the American public, it’s obvious that a group unable to tie their own shoes is in no position to run a health care program slated to cost trillions and affect hundreds of millions Americans over the next 10 years.

Add to the President’s refusal to address dangerous open borders; his favoritism toward illegal aliens living unlawfully in America; and the pursuit of repeated lawsuits against states trying to defend themselves against hostile invasion, and the situation gets still more precarious.

Holder and Obama testifying to being clueless about a poorly thought-out, relatively small-scale yet incredibly dangerous operation indicates that any Obama endeavor larger than “Fast and Furious” could eventually end up exponentially costing more lives.  So how can this administration vouch for immigration reform involving 13 million illegal aliens when they were unable to maintain control over 2,000 illegal guns?

Thus, as Darrell Issa (R-CA) presses Eric Holder to explain the tragedy of how two American border agents ended up in body bags, he may not realize he is doing the nation an even greater service. By getting to the bottom of the “Fast and Furious” controversy, Congressman Issa is reaffirming for a country under siege by an administration whose actions mimic those of armed enemies, that everything the Obama administration touches turns to disaster and one way or another ultimately ends up threatening our lives.

Judging by the numbers alone, “Fast and Furious” proves that an administration who failed to control a program that involved a couple of thousand guns should not be trusted with the healthcare oversight for 300 million Americans.  Nor should Obama continue to be allowed to falsely assure the American public that 13 million illegal aliens pose little or no danger to our nation or its people.  Lest we forget, gun walking was supposed to prevent crime, not cause it.

If the good intentions surrounding the giving of guns to criminals failed so miserably, it stands to reason that extending government largesse in the form of health care and immigration reform also carries with it the explosive potential to result in the “Fast and Furious” destruction of the entire nation.

Barack’s ‘Laugh Factory’ Revue

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Democrats have to believe Americans are either stupid or stricken by a nationwide epidemic of Attention Deficit Disorder. If anyone takes the time to try to figure out the contradictory things the left says and does, it’s so convoluted, nonsensical and ridiculous that, if it weren’t so detrimental, one might think it was material for standup comedy at the Laugh Factory.

Recently, when Nancy Pelosi made a solo trip to the White House to discuss concerns over spending cuts to entitlement programs, while she was there, the woman who unwillingly gave up the gavel very likely broached the subject of unemployment and job creation as well.

In the past, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared the opinion that unemployment benefits create “jobs faster than practically any other program.” According to Nancy, abysmal job numbers coupled with doling out additional unemployment benefits should have the job market booming.

Ms. Nancy, whose personal income grew by 62% during the recession, is convinced that $330 a week puts disposable cash into the pockets of non-working Americans to spend on shopping sprees.  Praising what she considers a “double benefit,” Pelosi, who regularly sports $80K Tahitian pearls, maintains that job-creating unemployment insurance “injects demand into the economy” by providing the money that keeps the market churning.

Barack Obama’s job stimulus plan varies somewhat from Pelosi’s, but still contains distinct similarities to those proposed by the former Speaker of the House.  Obama is convinced that raising taxes is a job creator and blames Republicans for being unwilling to burden the taxpayer to create jobs. The President’s job plan doesn’t conflict with Pelosi’s unemployment benefit job incentives, because people who run to the mailbox to collect that government-issued three hundred a week still pay taxes to the government on the money so generously given to them by the government.

So, in a roundabout way, both Obama and Pelosi agree that the higher the unemployment the more job creation, because taxes can be obtained from the unemployed – which, according to some liberals, could get people back to work.  It’s a win-win; with unemployment at 9.2%, Pelosi/Obama may be onto something. Thus, despite the bleak job forecast, Americans should be encouraged because as lay offs grow, new jobs can be created in the process.

Seem illogical?  Americans may need to be reminded that this is the political party whose rationale includes telling the nation that sacrifice is needed to get through a difficult economy while insisting that the way to subsist in trying times is to raise the debt ceiling, spend more money, and assume more debt.

Thankfully for Americans clamoring for work, even without Nancy Pelosi’s insightful input the President still exhibits innovative expertise in the area of job creation. Besides raising taxes, as a way to get people working again apparently Obama believes career opportunities can be created by sharing Second Amendment rights with Mexican drug cartels.

Either that, or Barack has been too busy chasing around golf balls and campaigning for 2012 to notice what Attorney General Eric Holder and the ATF have been up to on the border. Then again, it could be neither of those and Obama simply concurs with the idea that jobs can be created and Mexican/American relations enhanced by curtailing the Constitutional right of Americans to bear arms.

By proposing “new reporting requirements on thousands of gun dealers near the Mexico border,” the President may simply be stimulating bureaucratic job opportunities.  Moreover, while Obama concentrates on punishing law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement positions are also being created for personnel willing to apprehend carloads full of illegals at Phoenix, Arizona traffic lights whose vehicles are stocked with assault weapons.

With the law enforcement profession in mind, the text of the Stimulus Bill indicated that, with the knowledge of the federal government, taxpayer monies financed the ATF gun-walking policy. That’s right – either the President failed to read the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or someone in his administration convinced him that arming Mexican drug cartels who subsequently shot Americans with ATF Project Gunrunner weapons would get people back to work.  Or maybe both.

For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance,’’ $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.

Leaving aside the good intentions of those in authority, who would argue that funding ATF Project Gunrunner doesn’t illustrate ingenious Democrat job creation at its finest?

On many fronts, the President’s rationale may seem illogical and, were it not so deadly and destructive, even laughable.  Yet, to unemployment-benefit-job-creator Pelosi, the explanation for what appears absurd to sane people probably makes perfect sense to the likes of Nancy. But then again, it could just be another example of the President’s high level of intelligence making it difficult for mere mortals to comprehend the genius behind creating jobs by raising taxes and arming drug cartels.

Therefore, despite the lack of a laugh track, when not out “churning the economy” with unemployment benefits or ducking bullets fired by automatic weapons the ATF allowed murderous Mexican illegals to acquire, it would probably be best for Americans to give up questioning the irrational and prepare for Laugh Factory antics to continue for a least another year.

Surveilling Pears instead of the border

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

The state of Texas’ $2 million border camera surveillance program was so unsuccessful that the government thought it might be worth replicating a similar experiment in another venue.  So rather than invest $2 million additional dollars to upgrade the system in an ongoing attempt to secure the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, the feds decided it was a better idea to redirect cameras toward half-eaten pears in elementary school cafeterias 500 miles away.

Instead of investing monies to ensure the protection of American citizens from stray bullets and escalating violence, a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will finance  “high-tech cameras installed in [five] cafeterias …[that will] begin photographing what foods children pile onto their trays — and later capture what they don’t finish eating.”  After which, “digital imaging analysis of the snapshots will … calculate how many calories each student scarfed down.”

Off the record: Why is it that half-eaten peanut butter sandwiches can be tracked, but full grown men toting AK47s seem to slip through the cracks?

Regardless, program overseer Dr. Roberto Trevino of the San Antonio-based Social & Health Research Center reassured concerned Americans that “only trays” with “unique bar codes… not students will be photographed.”

In El Paso while bullets ricochet off the walls of City Hall, over in San Antonio a surveillance camera situated above the cafeteria cash register will photograph each tray to see if it’s loaded up with either “mashed potatoes or green beans…French fries or fruit.”

Subsequent to children finishing a typical school lunch, bar coded trays will then be returned to the kitchen where “another camera [will] take a snapshot of what’s left on the tray.  Software then analyzes the before and after photos to calculate calories consumed” and generates a detailed report of child-ingested nutrients.

Think of it this way: The program is a high tech Fast and Furious for school lunches.  Fast and Furious is the alleged Justice Department scheme to catch drug cartel gang members by letting them smuggle US arms into Mexico with the intent of catching criminals after they commit a crime using said arms.  Banditos sneak across the border, load guns into vans under the watchful eye of the ATF, head back to Mexico unhindered, kill a US Border Agent or two with “walked” guns, and voila!  They’re nabbed.

Same idea with food.  Let the sneaky little French fry eaters buy the contraband with their lunch money. Under the watchful eye of Big Brother, indulge their greasy addiction. Then, like a smuggled gun, track the tray back to the offending kiddie and voila! Nabbed again, but this time apprehended with ketchup breath.

As usual, researchers selected poor, minority campuses where, thanks to alleged Twinkie consumption, obesity rates place “students at risk for diabetes.” The data will also be used to “study what foods children are likely to choose and how much of it they’re eating.”  The goal is to see what kids like to eat and replace it with what they hate to eat, which in turn means kids will eat less.

Professional tray trackers will report the findings back to parents in hopes of guilting the poor dolts into replacing ground beef with ground turkey in the Hamburger Helper.

“The grant from the USDA will fund the study for four years.” Instead of directing valuable resources toward finding out who’s legal and who is not, what is friendly fire and what is not, Trevino said the “coming school year will be very experimental, with programmers fine-tuning cameras and imaging software to accurately identify what’s a pear and what’s an apple.”

 

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