Opinion: Holder will skate off into the sunset


So, is Eric Holder going to skate out of the attorney general’s office without a conclusion to the IRS scandal? You bet your last dollar he is. This mess has been lingering for 16-plus months. Conservative groups, it is widely known, were targeted by the federal agency, and yet there have been no convictions, let alone criminal charges, for the heinous activity. The world knows there is missing evidence and yet … crickets. This is proof enough of robust partisan partiality in pinpointing targets and befuddled reactions from the agency about collaborating with congressional examiners. Meanwhile, Holder’s investigative group hasn’t fueled assurance about resolve and neutrality. It’s like this: Instead of solving the crime, energy is expended on punishing administration foes. As someone pointed out last week, having a reputation for a corrupt and partisan IRS, deserved or not, is the political equivalent of a football team having a reputation for cheap shots on defense. Whether it’s true, the other guys still flinch.

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Is anyone surprised that our president has only attended 42 percent of his intelligence briefings and has spent more time on the golf course, as was reported earlier last week? This is unbelievable, and we only wish it were not the truth. But it is; remember, he spent the biggest part of his state senate service in Illinois voting not present. Did we really think things would change on a larger stage?  This is embarrassing and even the most partisan Democrat should be ashamed.

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A colleague listened last week to Mike Frey, the Libertarian candidate for the 9th Congressional District. We couldn’t agree more with what he had to say: Shrink the federal government and get rid of career politicians. There still are not nearly enough people engaged to the point they can understand what it all means.

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