Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TFP Column: Careful Contempt

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted last week to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt.  Considering what appear to be the actions of the Department of Justice where the 'Fast and Furious' debacle is concerned, the DOJ's position on voter intimidation, and the rather pitiful game of politics that Holder's played with committee chairman Darrell Issa; contempt seems a rather mild criticism of the Attorney General.

Then again, it's hard not to feel equal contempt for a Congress that's done nothing to reduce debt, regulation, and encroachment on personal freedom since taking control.  One might in fact say that the only thing more contemptible than their pathetic efforts in the last eighteen months has been the level of success that they've had in achieving them.

So the question arises, how seriously can and should we take a contempt citation from such a Congress of the contemptible actions of the Attorney General and his legal Myrmidons?  Yeah, I'm not sure either; but I at least lay out the greater part of the facts surrounding the issue this week in "Careful Contempt" on the TFP website.

This early in the week, there's bound to be a number of things far less contemptible to read about as the week progresses (though the way City Council goes about its business lately, I can't be entirely sure); but the only way you're going to know that for sure is to read about them in both the mid-week 'Star' edition, and in Toledo's largest Sunday circulation and Ohio's best weekly newspaper for the last three years, the Toledo Free Press.

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