Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tit For Tat!



I read the paper this morning and I just shook my head...I couldn't believe that these people were really serious about doing this. Republican lawmakers are suing the Attorney General....This has got to be a first in history.

I can't help but think that this is being done as a direct result of them losing their attempt to have the Affordable Health Care act ie Obamacare repealed and judged unconstitutional by the Supreme Court...They're going Tit for Tat as my mother used to say.


This ridiculous suit of theirs more than likely means the debate over the anti-gun-trafficking operation will go on for months ad nauseum, lasting through the Nov. 6 elections when Democratic President Barack Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

 Republicans' focus on Operation Fast and Furious has helped to energize gun owners, who are a large and important voting bloc in presidential swing states such as this one that I live in...Pennsylvania and tend to always  vote Republican. The suit asks for documents Republicans say are critical to their" investigation" of the operation, but President Obama has claimed executive privilege.


 In June, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to hold  Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding the documents.


Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the lawsuit was necessary because the Obama administration was "stonewalling." Not as much as the Republican Party is stonewalling the American People!


Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said the department, which Eric Holder runs, was "always willing to work with the committee.Instead the House and the committee have said they prefer to litigate," she said.

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the lawsuit a waste of taxpayer money.She's Absolutely right..It is.


"This partisan lawsuit wastes taxpayer dollars and resources, and is a distraction from the urgent business before Congress: acting to create jobs and grow our economy," Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "It is also designed to distract the Justice Department from its critical job of challenging state laws designed to restrict the rights of Americans to vote."

Some legal analysts said it should not have taken more than six weeks from the June 28 contempt vote for Republicans to file their suit. Basic elements of the case were contained in the House's citation for contempt, they said.

"Frankly it suggests that they don't expect to win quickly," said Charles Tiefer, a law professor at the University of Baltimore and a former House acting general counsel.
It will take months for the case to work its way through the U.S. District Court and any appeals process that might follow, legal analysts said.

Want to make a bet that at some point this entire thing will be withdrawn for lack of merit? I'll take those odds.

1 comment:

Sean said...

You're preaching to the choir Keith...I totally agree with you on this one...




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