I agree with Ashton that it is a bad idea -- an awful idea -- to have the DoJ's Civil Rights Division investigate the IRS scandal. I also agree with Ashton that in the short run, the best thing of all is to keep letting Congress (and the press) investigate this outrage, and let the body politic be the judge. In fact, that's what Andy McCarthy argues today at National Review Online, with superb reasoning:
The Framers would have been astounded at the notion that Congress’s responsibility to ensure the proper working of government could be delegated to an unaccountable prosecutor. The paramount question is whether the government is out of control, not whether some mid-level official (or even a higher official) can be convicted by a jury.
Indeed, I think there is some agreement between Mukasey…[more]
Flush with an estimated $6 billion in new annual tax revenues after voters passed Proposition 30, California Governor Jerry Brown is claiming victory over the state’s chronic budget deficit. But Brown’s failure to reform two of the main drivers of overspending – public employee unions and their collective bargaining rights – will mean continuing deficits are here to stay.
A new study by the Pacific Research Institute explains why.
In 2011, outside research cited in the PRI study revealed that California government workers enjoy a compensation premium…
"What’s the difference between keeping President Obama 'updated throughout the night' on a deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi and keeping him 'updated throughout the night' on a deadly tornado in Oklahoma? The president could have actually done something about Benghazi."…[more]