Printed letters, August 21, 2013

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Michael Higgins’ letter – “Grant rushes to judgment on Obamacare’s inevitability” – suggests that the Daily Sentinel has been remiss in adequately informing its readers about the falsity of right-wing propaganda.

The “technical adjustment” for Congressional staffers to which Higgins and Bill Grant alluded fulfilled the intent of “ObamaCare” that members of Congress and their staffs be treated the same as everyone else under the law.  Therefore, Congressman Scott Tipton was at best “misinformed” in mischaracterizing it as “special treatment” (see:  “Sunday Shows Push Myth That Congress Is Exempt From Obamacare”, Aug. 11).

So, if Higgins “wants honesty, let’s start with Benghazi, the IRS or the NSA” – which include fake “scandals” propagated by unscrupulously irresponsible Republicans.

Demagogue-in-chief Darrell Issa (R-CA) turned the tragedy of Benghazi into a “scandal” about “talking points” vetted by the CIA, which—pursuant to National Security Council guidelines—avoided revealing our knowledge of the terrorist perpetrators by referring to news accounts of “spontaneous demonstrations”.

Issa next knowingly and falsely accused the IRS of “targeting” only conservative political groups and the Obama Administration of lying about it.  The Daily Sentinel then covered that fabricated “scandal” as if it were real – giving one local “Tea Party” group masquerading as a “social welfare organization” undeserved credibility.

Unfortunately, given Higgins’ continuing ignorance, the Sentinel has apparently not yet adequately reported that the IRS – routinely and pursuant to its own regulations—“targeted” both “conservative” and “liberal” groups seeking tax-exempt status, that no “conservative” groups were denied that status, but that at least three “progressive” groups were.

While the NSA “scandal” is still unfolding, a recently released FISA Court opinion notes that – under the Bush (not Obama) Administration – the NSA deliberately misrepresented its programs to that court.

Thus, Higgins and Tipton are indeed relying on false information to mislead the public.

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