Trey Gowdy: IRS Has Moral, Character Problems

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) gave an emotional speech about wasteful IRS spending at today’s House Oversight Committee hearing. There are actually two IRS scandals. He’s talking about the other one.

It’s a must-see video.

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107 Responses to Trey Gowdy: IRS Has Moral, Character Problems

  1. Who knew that lil’ old cracker had that much testosterone?

  2. votermom says:

    The Trey Gowdy speech is something every lefty beginning to doubt Obama should see; they always respond to the emotional arguments.

  3. votermom says:

    Did Obama just lose the NYT?

    President Obama’s Dragnet
    Published: June 6, 2013

    Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.

    Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. That is one reason we have long argued that the Patriot Act, enacted in the heat of fear after the 9/11 attacks by members of Congress who mostly had not even read it, was reckless in its assignment of unnecessary and overbroad surveillance powers.

  4. votermom says:

    Via a comment on ace, a real life example of what you can learn about someone based on phone meta-date and public internet info

  5. votermom says:

  6. votermom says:

    • HELENK says:

      The National Security Agency “has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data” provided by AT&T, Verizon Communications and BellSouth Corporation, Leslie Cauley first reported May 10, 2006, in USA Today.

      President George W. Bush “lied” when he said that NSA’s “spying wasn’t a domestic program,” A. Alexander, wrote May 11, 2006, in The Progressive Daily Beacon.

      The NSA program “reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews,” Cauley wrote.

      “It is exactly a domestic spy program and what’s more AT&T, BellSouth, and Verizon have been assisting the Bush government in creating what is being described as, ‘[T]he largest database ever assembled in the world,’ and the goal is ‘to create a database of every call ever made’ within America’s borders,” Alexander wrote.

      • HELENK says:

        I did not like it then and I do not like it now

      • insanelysane says:

        That all was bad enough and I so despised the Senators who voted for that in 2006, but IIRC, that was involving at least one part to be an overseas call. One side of the call had to be a foreign number.

        This Obama thing takes all calls. All domestic parts. Everything.
        This is way way more an assult that W’s.

        I am beyond disgusted. I may just drop out completely.

        Go Rogue and drop all credit cards, fire all my employees. Drop all TV cable phone, cell. Close my business down.
        All of it.
        Get a couple goats and learn to make cheese.
        I already have a flock of fat hens.and a deep well and solar panels.

  7. SHV says:

    The positive thing about having a sociopath in charge of our evolving Police State is that a sociopath doesn’t know how to “Boil Frogs”.

  8. wmcb says:

  9. wmcb says:

    It gets worse. More companies involved now, and WaPo jumping on board:

  10. HELENK says:

    off topic

    China is not happy with meeeeschele.
    in reading about the wife of the chinese diplomat , she has accomplished things on her own, not like meeeschele. maybe that is why meeeschele refuses to do her job as first lady

  11. wmcb says:

    Holy fuck, no wonder this WH has been so paranoid about leaks. They have rotting bodies shoved under every carpet in sight.

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  13. votermom says:

    • yttik says:

      I know! If they weren’t so busy trying to spy on our cell phones maybe they’d have time to read actual memos like, “Osama Bin Laden determined to attack ” or several warnings from the Russians about the Tsarnaevs.

  14. wmcb says:

    Rumors flying that the (sane) Intelligence community is in full blown revolt against Obama, and there are leaks all OVER the place to multiple outlets.

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  16. SHV says:

    From the WaPO story, last paragraph:

    “Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.”
    “career intelligence officer”… That person is a true American Hero, unlike the Quislings that make up the US Congress.

  17. wmcb says:

    Yep. It’s a career Intel officer horrified at what was happening that leaked PRISM to the Post:

  18. votermom says:

  19. wmcb says:

    • yttik says:

      I don’t get it?? Seriously, textbooks are bloody expensive. My college kids have laptops, tablets, smart phones. It’s the damn books they can’t afford. Really aggravating when they need a couple of 300 dollar books for one semester.

      • elliesmom says:

        The real crime about textbooks is there is absolutely no discount for buying the digital version, and while you can legally sell the paper version of the book after the class is over, you can’t sell the digital one. One of the biggest educational rackets going. It’s great being able to carry all of your textbooks around on your Kindle or your Nook, but it’s an expensive choice.

        • myiq2xu says:

          They put out new editions every few years, making used copies worthless.

          It’s not like history or math subjects change that much from year to year.

        • elliesmom says:

          I kept my books from engineering school because I thought “they would come in handy one day”, but they never did. When I went back to “teacher school”, I was able to sell all of my used textbooks for at least 50% of what I paid for them. When I taught online I taught high school kids so I tried to negotiate with textbook companies for reduced rates for the digital only versions of their books, and they laughed at me. Most professors don’t care how much their books cost so no one is putting any pressure on the textbook companies to share the savings from publishing digitally. Public schools use books for an average of 5 years so there’s absolutely no incentive to “go digital” even if every kid in the school has a tablet or a laptop. It would blow the textbook budget.

      • wmcb says:

        I think tablets are great for schools. Just razzing Obama with NSA every chance I get. 😛

  20. SHV says:

    “Rumors flying that the (sane) Intelligence community is in full blown revolt against Obama, and there are leaks all OVER the place to multiple outlets”
    I not counting my chickens yet but hopefully the combination of Gestapo tactics by IRS, DOJ, etc. plus the extent of Big Brother spying will get a majority of Americans to wake the fuck up. If it was just massive phone, internet data gathering, I think that Obama and the Congressional stooges could put the public back to sleep with another stanza of “we are protecting you from those bad terrists”….IRS and DOJ targeting of conservatives hopefully will change the situation.

  21. wmcb says:

    This is former National Security Council sopkesman for Obama:

  22. driguana says:

    something very uplifting and fun amidst the chaos…enjoy.

  23. wmcb says:


    • insanelysane says:

      Since it would be irresponsible not to speculate, let’s see what could be the reasons no one ever knew O at Columbia?
      Maybe ValJar took all his classes for him and did all the work and O did the choom .
      Maybe went off to PAK for extended vacays and holiday breaks?

  24. HELENK says:

    question since we are supposed to be safer due to all the government intrusions into our lives, how are we safer from our government?

    • wmcb says:

      I don’t have a problem with Congress voting to give a path to immigrant kids, even illegal ones. I have a big problem with a president making “law” all on his own. Good. Defund it. If you want it, convince the people and convince Congress.

      How it’s done, legally or illegally, matters to me.

  25. myiq2xu says:
  26. wmcb says:

    • yttik says:

      LOL, I know! I bet this administration is just fuming because we haven’t had any recent congressional sex scandals. Maybe this would be a good time for Reggie Love to start talking?

    • Internal Exile says:

      It’s not wise to mess with squirrels. 😮

  27. HELENK says:

    author of patriot act says phone records collection was not the intent of the law.

    should someone tell him

    the road to hell is paved with good intentions?

  28. votermom says:

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Yes, because it worked so well for Boston.

      • Lulu says:

        It tells you a lot when people are more terrified of their health insurance being cut off and being tax audited by their own government than they are from random acts of foreign terrorism.

  29. votermom says:

  30. votermom says:

    More corporate denials

  31. DandyTiger says:

    All I can say about all of this is: holy fuck.

  32. HELENK says:

    backtrack is bad pay and town going after obots for costs of his visit.

    can you say KARMA?

  33. HELENK says:

    NSA director lies to congress on data collection.

    does the backtrack bunch really think that the favorite song of congress is Tell my lies, sweet little lies”?

  34. 1539days says:

    This could get ugly for Obama, and I’m glad.

    When Bush was accused of gathering phone records and criticized over FISA, the left already had their outrage dials at eleventy. They could not possibly think him any more evil or hate him any more.

    With Obama, their outrage meters had an upper limit of about two. Even though they got more outraged, they just couldn’t bring themselves to express it. Now the dam is breaking and the dial is twisting right off the wall. So instead of a slow buildup of anger, this is very close to uncontrolled rage.

    Pass the popcorn.

  35. DeniseVB says:

    Stay classy MSNBC …..

  36. myiq2xu says:

    The left is FREAKING OUT:

    • SHV says:

      “It sounded better in the original German.”
      That’s pretty fucking good…

      Herr Obama’s “Heimat Polizeistaat”, rolls of the tongue rather nicely.

    • fif says:

      Maybe they can get the DOJ to target Greenwald as a criminal for journalistic research and protecting his sources – or just contact Verizon for all his phone records or PRISM can hand over all his online communications. Woo hoo – civil liberties!

  37. SHV says:

    “More corporate denials….”
    Just like when the Bush/Obama Police State was just getting started and the phone company employee blew the whistle on ATT and the govt tapping into the main switching office in Ca. IIRC, they denied it and marginalized the whistle blower.

    • votermom says:

      I don’t understand how PRISM could be technically possible without the internet Providers knowledge.

      • SHV says:

        I think that the deal is that the internet corps. have legal immunity so long as they keep their mouths shut and deny everything. They are no worse than the congress critters who won’t talk because it’s a “state secrete”.

  38. HELENK says:

    here we go again!!!!!!! Racist

    I am so tired of hearing that BS,

    I became racist in the last 5 years. before that I tried to treat ALL people equally. Now I understand that I am white and I breathe that makes me racist

  39. HELENK says:

    oh my is the koolaid wearing off? hangover time?

    really a Boston Newspaper!!!!!!!!!!

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