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Published: Monday, May 27 2013 12:59 p.m. MDT

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samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"Incompetence is neither a good defense nor a reassuring strategy."

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Incompetence is most certainly neither of the things in Mr. Bennett's quote above, but it is a prominent and increasingly apparent feature of Big Government in general and this administration in particular.

I recently returned from a project for the California DMV where I worked for three years as a software engineering contractor. When I accepted the contract I knew, just from the ridiculous way the project was structured, that it was going to be unnecessarily difficult because of the Big Government mentality that almost guarantees the inefficiency and ineffectiveness that I'd read or heard about in similar projects for the IRS, FAA, DOJ, etc..

Nevertheless, from the moment I started I was astounded at the level of managerial incompetence. Despite all the suggestions by me and many others on the project, most of whom we're seasoned veterans of software projects more complex and demanding than this one, the sodden stupidity of the process persisted...**for three years**, until, mercifully, the project was unplugged with 2/3rds of the budget spent and less than 1/3rd of the functionality completed.

Incidentally, this was their third attempt over 30 years.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Mr. Bennett
You make some pretty wild accusations.

#1 All of the talking point drafts, cfated by the CIA said the attack began "spontaneously" in response to a violent protest in Cairo (which was sparked by the anti-Muslim video).

CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell removed the reference to Ansar al-Sharia (which denied it was responsible) because the assessment was still classified and because FBI officials believed making the information public could compromise their investigation.

#2 "administration officials who had been insisting for years that such activities were not going on." I will assume by "administration officials" you are referring to IRS officials, not White House officials. BTW It was entirely appropriate for the IRS to select "Tea Party" named groups, which are recognized as political groups, for extra scrutiny. It would be like IRS officials overlooking for audit, groups named "pyramid club." The irony is that the IRS missed some of the biggest and most flagrant abusers.

Furthermore, Democrats don't uncritically and unabashedly trust the govt. Theoretically speaking we are the govt--we vote--except that big money has distorted that relationship.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What's funny is to hear repubs complain about "big government."

Coming from the party which gave us the dept of homeland security, 2 wars, Medicare part D, and trillions more of debt.

Lets talk about lying... Where's them WMDs bobby? We invaded a country for'em and have yet to find any.

Hypocrisy soup anyone?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Marcus Owens, (former director of the IRS' exempt organizations division for 10 years), pointed out that chasing political nonprofits isn't the agency's primary function, nor one for which it is staffed. One measure of this: Between 2001 and 2011, the IRS recognized more than 14,000 501(c)(4)s and turned down 56 applications.

When groups apply to the IRS for recognition as tax-exempt, they must spell out their plans. They also must swear under penalty of perjury that they believe what they say is true. ProPublica compared applications from 72 501(c)(4)s with tax returns they filed later. We found 32 groups that initially said "no" to politics then filed tax returns showing they had done the opposite.

Most of the money spent by social welfare groups in 2010 came from conservative groups. As of Aug. 8, estimates show, liberal groups accounted for only $1.6 million of the total spent by such organizations on TV ads for the presidential race. By contrast, the two leading conservative 501(c)(4)s, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, founded by conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, had spent about $60 million.
(Pro Publica 8/2012)

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Huh, let's see, is there anyone, anyone, anyone, here willing to admit that it is neither Republican or Democrats that are to blame for these scandels over, and over, and over, by just once admitting that they wouldn't even be happening if there wasn't a government so out of touch with reality and so bankrupt with money, ideas, and values, that it might, just might, be the time to actually look at what the Constitution says the government should, or should not, be doing? Anyone? Probably not! Let's just close our eyes and say it is a Republican or a Democrat, or better than them all, a Tea-party element that is causing all of this!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Interesting comment from a former Washington insider, who really ought to be able to recognize incompetence after bathing in it for a few years.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Did I miss something, wasn't Bennett part of the Nixon admistration, why does he refer to it like he was an outsider? Rather dishonest.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

So if someone does something stupid at the IRS, we should trash the health care law and replace it with .... what? The republican health care plan? Political opportunism isn't looking good on them right now. Maybe some ideas instead of the old 'stimulus/response' paradigm. How about a single payer health care system?

Jeff29
Draper, UT

@Hutterite

Maybe it's just Republicans taking a page from the Dems playbook. "Don't let a good crisis go to waste". Sound familiar?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Those who try to divert our attention from Obama and the harm that he and his administration have cause are no better than he is. Either he is the most corrupt President to ever sit in the Oval Office, or he is the most incompetent President to ever sit in that office.

It's time to find out who did what, without the spin, and without the corrupt lies that would cover up the truth. Nixon left that office because he was part of a LIE. Obama thinks that lies don't matter. He thinks that he can lie, that his staff can lie and that his administration can lie and that we, the citizens, who deserve truth, will accept his lies.

There are those who attack the messenger and claim that that messenger was part of the Nixonian "problem" while they cover up the facts and diminish the importance of the lies being told by this administration.

It's time to be honest. It's time to require Obama and his administration to be honest. It's time that Obama stopped blaming the bell boy for his own incompetence.

Mr. Bean
Pheonix, AZ

@The Real Maverick:
"Coming from the party which gave us the dept of homeland security..."

With radical Muslims filtering into our country more and more we would be totally stupid not to have a department of Homeland security. The problem with the department is that Napolitano is in charge.

"...and trillions more of debt."

Obama topped that with the most debt accumulation than all prior presidents combined.

"Lets talk about lying... Where's them WMDs bobby?"

Saddam used some on the Northern Kerds. Didn't you hear?

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@mike Richards
There are those that believe they are clever by make vague reference to others post and then proceed to mischarctrize their comments.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Perhaps someone can please ponder and answer the following question for me.

Shortly after the attack at Benghazi commenced on 09/11/12, the second in command in Libya, Gregory Hicks (in Tripoli), received a phone call from Ambassador Chris Stevens with the message that they were under attack at the Benghazi facility. The words used by Ambassador Stevens was that it was a well organized armed attack by several individuals.

Later, at 2:00am Libya time (now 09/12/12 in Libya), Mr. Hicks received a phone call from Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, enquiring as to what was actually happening there. Mr. Hicks testified UNDER OATH to Congress, that he clearly told Secretary Clinton exactly what Ambassador Chris Stevens told him previously.

Now my question is this:

Why, two days later on 09/14/12, did Hillary Clinton, along President Obama, tell Pat Smith (the mother of slain diplomatic-core member Sean Smith), on the tarmac at Dover AFB when her dead son was returned from Libya, that her son's death was the result of a SPONTANEOUS demonstration at the Benghazi facility and NOT a well organized armed attack?

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