Have you ever wondered how the government’s misinformation gains traction?
What I have noticed is that whenever a stunning episode occurs, such as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon bombing, most everyone whether on the right or left goes along with the government’s explanation, because they can hook their agenda to the government’s account.
The leftwing likes the official stories of Muslims creating terrorist mayhem in America, because it proves their blowback theory and satisfies them that the dispossessed and oppressed can fight back against imperialism.
The patriotic rightwing likes the official story, because it proves America is attacked for its goodness or because terrorists were allowed in by immigration authorities and nurtured by welfare, or because the government, which can’t do anything right, ignored plentiful warnings.
Whatever the government says, no matter how problematical, the official story gets its traction from its compatibility with existing predispositions and agendas. In such a country, truth has no relevance. Only agendas are important.
Read more and you should read more. Read it and weep.
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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations.
Keeps pushing to stop IRS from getting more funds to enforce ObamaCare due to recent targeting scandal
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today offered an amendment to prohibit the IRS from receiving any ObamaCare funding that would otherwise be used for implementing the massive health care law. Heller offered the amendment to the 2013 Senate Farm bill just one week after introducing the legislation as a stand-alone bill (S. 962).
“I am deeply troubled that the IRS has been improperly targeting conservative groups. Public distrust in this agency is already at an all-time high, so providing the IRS with more power to enforce this flawed health care policy makes no sense. For these reasons, I have offered the “IRS Accountability Act” as an amendment to the Farm bill. Simply put, right now, we can’t trust the IRS to do its job,” said Senator Dean Heller.
The President’s budget requested that about $440 million be diverted to the IRS for the purpose of enforcing the President’s health care law. Considering the IRS is under increasing scrutiny for targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, Heller has led the fight to stop additional funding. Last week, he sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and introduced the “ IRS Accountability Act.”
Lois Lerner, the director of the exempt organizations unit at the Internal Revenue Service, plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment during her expected testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lerner announced her plans to plead the Fifth during her testimony in a letter from her lawyer, William Taylor III, to the committee. “She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” the letter addressed to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) reads, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Since she will be pleading the Fifth, Taylor has asked the committee that she be excused from testifying. The letter from Taylor states that her testimony would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.”
There is a general feeling that something is wrong with the public schools. The tendency is to blame the schoolma’ams. They seem to be responsible for the fact that the children learn very little and are generally bewildered. But the truth is that the schoolma’am herself is the victim. The real villains are the quacks who now run the American school system . . . and they ruin her as a teacher. Every year she is beset by a series of new arcana and forced to struggle with them on penalty of losing her job . . . . As a result teaching becomes a madness and the children learn next to nothing.
- H. L. Mencken, 1934
A plural of arcanum.
n. pl. ar·ca·na (-n) or ar·ca·nums
1. A deep secret; a mystery.
2. often arcana Specialized knowledge or detail that is mysterious to the average person: “knows the arcana of police procedure and the intricacies of litigation” (George F. Will).
3. A secret essence or remedy; an elixir.
White House Aid Knew of IRS Report Weeks In Advance
Press Secretary Jay Carney says that staffers didn’t tell President Obama the bombshell was coming and that the West Wing did nothing to interfere with the audit