Blame It On Bush!
BUSH DID IT! BUSH DID IT! We're almost 6 years removed from G.W. Bush, and the democrats are still finding ways to blame him and his administration for the problems in today's government.
The latest example is courtesy of Washington Congressman Jim McDermott. Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post:
At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said, "The mistake here was that the staff organizing the organizations used the names of the organizations rather than the work they do and asked improper questions to figure that out," McDermott said. "It's clearly wrong. It was inept, stupid and a whole lot of other things. But let's not get lost. During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted without any concern by Mr. Issa or anyone else on this committee. The Republicans were looking for a conspiracy where there isn't one. Mr. Issa says 'he can feel it in his gut' that someone's broken the law." "Just ask yourself which is more likely," McDermott continued. "That mid-level employees overwhelmed by four-times as many applications as before made stupid, irresponsible shortcuts? Or that there is an administration-wide plot to take down community organizers. Let's not forget that this happened under an IRS commissioner appointed by George Bush and was investigated by a Republican inspector general." McDermott went on to say that while what happened was an "unfair" and "incredibly inconvenient" mistake, he reaffirmed that he had not "heard a single word" about which questions should be asked regarding tax-exempt requests. "Anything else like the circus that's happening in the Oversight committee or here is simply political theater," McDermott said. "It is diverting attention from what we ought to be doing on this committee is re-writing the law if it's wrong."
As Paul Ryan said in his rebuttal immediately following these comments, it's YOU that's wrong because you decided to apply for tax exempt status...go figure!
Congressman Greg Walden joined me to talk about this, and more...