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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 941

IRS Logo 2Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel op-ed:  Governors Should Be Wary of Syrian Refugees, by Merrill Mathews ( Institute for Policy Innovation):

President Barack Obama is once again faced with a problem of his own creation. After all, when you sow disgust you reap mistrust.

For seven years the president has dismissed, demeaned and denounced those who have raised legitimate concerns about his policies.

And when those concerns have turned out to be correct, as they often have — think "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Islamic State being "contained," the promise of a post-partisan America, and so on — he ignores the evidence, berates his critics, and asserts that everything is going well.

So when 31 governors turned their thumbs down on Obama's decision to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees and distribute them among the states, the governors were sending a message that said, "We do not trust you and your administration to tell the truth or do the due diligence necessary to vet refugees."

Let's be clear: Every governor knows this is a country of immigrants with a long and cherished tradition of helping refugees.

And they know that the vast majority of the refugees would be honest and law-abiding, thrilled to get a chance at a new start in America. But even a vast majority isn't 100%, and that presents a legitimate safety concern.

But Obama, true to form, dismissed the concerns and ridiculed the critics. "Apparently they (the Republicans) are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," the president sneered. He then claimed that the screening process would be the "most rigorous process conceivable." ...

Under normal circumstances, elected officials and most of the public would take the president's word. But this president has misled the public so often that he hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt — and he isn't getting it. ...

Remember the IRS scandal? The Environmental Protection Agency polluting a Colorado river? The Veterans Affairs’ health care scandal? And that “red line” in Syria?

I, for one, hope the administration, Congress and governors can find a solution that upholds the country’s long tradition as a haven for refugees. The mistrust in this case isn’t targeted so much at the Syrian refugees, but at the White House.

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Comments

A couple things. One, the Syrian refugees do not want to be Americans. They are not coming here out of a desire to adopt our culture. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/ben-carson-trump-syria-refugees-216250

"“No one wants to go to the United States or Germany or anywhere,” said Islam, who, like many in this group, was from Idlib, about an hour’s drive from Reyhanli."

Two, the government is only as capable as the people who staff it. Under this President, there is no meritocracy. People are hired and promoted due to the political views, race, and gender. When the people at the top only got the job because of how loyal they are to the Democrat party or if they allow a check box to be ticced, we get a government that is corrupt and incapable.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 6, 2015 1:01:30 PM