The era of Obamagate

By Tom Quiner

Do you trust the Obama government?

Conservatives trust it as little as liberals trusted the Bush regime.

I think the better question may be, do you trust Big Government? That’s what we’ve got. President Bush II expanded the scope of the federal government to unprecedented levels. His expansion was chump change compared to what President Obama has done.

Take Obamacare. This staggering expansion of federal government has to be enforced by some entity of government. Guess which one?

Try the IRS.

Newt Gingrich spelled out the obvious problem with this:

“[President Barack Obama] has a huge problem, because Obamacare relies very heavily on the IRS. Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics? The effort now, of course, is to say it was low-level employees. Yet those low-level employees apparently saw public reports that they weren’t doing what they were doing, and nobody informed anyone at the IRS, let alone the Treasury.”

What is bothersome about the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi crisis, the IRS scandal, and the AP wiretap scandal is their initial reaction to not shoot straight with the American public.

They’ve been caught dissembling, spinning, and outright fabricating stories in the handling of these firestorms.

I don’t trust them.

Here’s the lesson in this era of Obamagate: I don’t trust Big Government. Period.

No matter how well-intentioned, it devolves into a cover-your-hind-end bureaucracy that is susceptible to political pressure. As I have said before, I do not trust Republicans any more than Democrats when they are in power, because power IS corrupting.

I do trust free markets, because they are self-correcting and transparent. Government isn’t. Government doubles down on stupidity.

This new era of Obamagate is no different than about any other administration’s scandals. They happen. How they are handled means everything. So far, Team Obama seems to be mimicking the Nixonian model. Even the iconic Watergate reporter himself, liberal Carl Bernstein, was shocked about the impropriety of the AP wiretaps:

 “It’s outrageous. It’s totally inexcusable…the object of it is to intimidate people who talk to reporters. There’s no excuse for it whatsoever.”

Now we are being asked to trust this government and the IRS with the implementation of Obamacare. Gingrich says that giving enforcement of Obamacare to the IRS is “almost madness”:

“How can you put Obamacare under an Internal Revenue Service? Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but [will] profile patriots, profile constitutional groups.”

Big Government is demonstrably not the solution. It is the problem.




  1. fredtharvey on May 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Reblogged this on ftharvey.

  2. kodonivan on May 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Trust no one…suspect everyone. Sad, isn’t it? I don’t trust this government one iota.

  3. josephrathjen on May 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I can practically smell the timbers beginning to smolder tonight, inside the West Wing of The White House. I would love to be a fly on the wall right now in the Oval Office. Obama’s probably sitting there, rocking in his chair, and singing to himself: “Humpty dumpty sat on a wall…Humpty dumpty had a great fall…all the king’s horses and all the king’s men…couldn’t put…

    You finish it, Tom.

    • quinersdiner on May 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

      … couldn’t pin blame on George Bush once again!

      • Shawn Pavlik on May 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm


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  5. Shawn Pavlik on May 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I wouldn’t say Bush “expanded government to unprecedented levels”. I would give that “honor” to either FDR or LBJ before Bush and now BHO.

    FDR – Social Security
    LBJ – Medicare and Medicaid
    BHO – “Affordable Care Act” and a crazily high expansion of our food stamp program.

    All Bush really did was add a prescription drug component to Medicare.

    • quinersdiner on May 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Good point. I was talking in terms of government spending. I appreciate the clarification.

  6. Tom Maly on May 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    “Trust but verify!?!??!”