Many Republicans in Congress have been parading around Washington D.C. thinking that they finally have President Barack Obama where they want him with all the controversies that have come out. Well, news about the U.S. deficit drop is about to rain on their parade.
We all know how Obama saved General Motors and how he has brought the country out of the recession that was caused by the actions of his predecessor in President George W. Bush. Well you can add reducing the deficit at a far larger pace as a new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates that when the fiscal year ends on September 30th the deficit will fall to $642 billion which is $200 billion lower than what the office estimated just three months ago.
The news is a huge blow to Republicans as it shows that their talk is nothing more than hot air.
Since Obama got his Affordable Care Act passed, Republicans have touted that the law would be costly and hurt the country. Across the aisle Democrats have stated that the law would help the economy as it would control health care costs and give coverage to people who don’t have any. The report shows that Democrats were right on that issue.
Also, the report takes raising the debt ceiling out of the picture for now. That is another huge blow to Republicans as they were trying to obtain spending cuts to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
That may not be the only thing that could come to blow up in their face. Two controversies that have risen recently may backfire on Republicans.
The first is the scandal that is involving the IRS.
The IRS gave extra scrutiny to Tea Party Organizations that were seeking social welfare tax exemption status. Reports have that there has been a huge increase of tax exempt applications since the Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United. If the investigation by the Department of Justice shows that these parties were indeed abusing the system then Republicans will come out looking like a bunch of cheaters.
The other scandal is the Justice Department subpoenaing Associated Press phone records.
Many media outlets are upset that the Department of Justice subpoenaed phone records who subpoenaed the records after the Associated Press reported about a successful CIA operation last year. While some may compare this to the same type of bullying that President Richard Nixon imposed in the 1970s, the fact is the two are very different. The reason is that Nixon’s Watergate was a criminal investigation while the phone record scandal is a matter of national security.
There is a fine line in journalism and the Associated Press crossed it. Editors should have shot down the story as it put in danger the operative that infiltrated the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda, and their own reporters. Also, the operation was classified, so that means there is a good chance that the editors and reporters involved in the report will be charged with treason just like what happened when Wikileaks published classified U.S. information.
U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning faces a slew of charges for releasing the information to Wikileaks. One of those charges is aiding the enemy and if he is convicted on that charge he could be given the death penalty. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange most likely would have been charged with something as well, but he is currently residing in the Ecuador Embassy in London for political asylum from extradition to the U.S. or the other countries that currently have charges laid against him.
So, next time you hear some kind of scandal coming out of Washington D.C. wait awhile for all the information to come out as usually what is reported at first is completely different than what the whole story is at the end.
Written By: Paul Kasprzak