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Wednesday
Jun052013

Blumenauer appoints himself king of ‘social welfare’; pens op-ed for HuffPo

Rep. Earl Blumenauer had a look of disdain on his face after addressing witnesses at the latest hearing on Blumenauer photo from taxpayer funded government websiteIRS persecution of conservative groups. Blumenauer penned an op-ed about his experience at the hearing for the Huffington Post. The Oregon Democrat wrote:

“Let’s get real and stop the charade about what a ‘social welfare’ organization is.”

Blumenauer appeared to focus on groups involved with “highly charged” issues like same-sex marriage and ObamaCare, the street name for the bill with a criminally misleading title ‘The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.’

The leftwing congressman wearing a neon green bicycle on his lapel appears to believe his political philosophy trumps anyone else’s beliefs.

Those who advocate for traditional marriage believe they are acting on premises of social welfare. The same goes for those who believe ObamaCare is a disaster.

It doesn’t matter that I don’t agree with positions by some conservative groups. As a matter of fact, I don’t agree with positions by a number of leftwing groups.

Thing is, as an American, I don’t expect any representative of my government to shut down free expression or to stymie groups who want the same rights and tax benefits as a sketchy foundation created by President Barack Obama’s half brother. Malik Obama’s foundation, according to The Daily Caller, got speedy approval for tax exempt status. Lois Lerner, the IRS official then in charge of such matters, even made the approval retroactive to spare the foundation any extra expense.

What exactly has the Barack H. Obama Foundation done? No one appears to know, but potential donors have raised questions about legitimacy, as TDC explained.

Blumenauer’s essay at HuffPo doesn’t mention Malik’s foundation or any of the other numerous “educational” organizations on the left committed to the version of social welfare he endorses.

“Social welfare organizations,” wrote the lifelong government employee, “should work in the public interest—not to divide, exploit and conquer.”

Let us now scrape the droppings off the sidewalk. Hello? “Divide, exploit and conquer” is the banner theme of the political party Blumenauer serves.

The politico references “strategy documents” leaked from one organization. Leaked by whom? Some eager beaver Democrat working for IRS?

Oregon may be fine with a First Amendment basher like Blumenauer, but the rest of us aren’t. Many hot political issues generate opposing views and all have the right to express them by the same standards. He mentions conservative groups engaging in politics. What he doesn’t say is that the left never expressed concern as leftwing groups were sprouting like dandelions on an ill-kept lawn.

It would be a great idea for the bicycle enthusiast to read IRS’ own findings on the ‘social welfare’ label. Hint: ‘social welfare’ doesn’t just mean handing one person’s money over to another.

Furthermore, for all the leftwingers backing the IRS persecution, ask yourself a question. If IRS did nothing wrong, why did an official apologize for the persecution?

Blumenauer, permanently attached to the public feeding trough, illustrates what is wrong with our country and with the Democrats’ party in general.

He said it’s time for us to stop “engaging in this preposterous charade.”

I fully agree, and I’d like to point out we can stop this tyrannical charade by casting a ballot in 2014 and 2016 for any candidate who doesn’t belong to the jackboot party Blumenauer belongs to, evidenced not only by Democrats’ actions but by the disrespect shown to witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing.

Why is someone so intellectually shallow, so illiterate about the U.S. Constitution, so arrogant towards the people even sitting on Ways and Means?

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 5, 2013)

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