Why isn’t this man at Treasury?

September 15, 2011

That’s the question I ask myself every time Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about America’s economic and fiscal problems. Then I remember it’s because we have a (Social) Democratic, corporatist president who prefers someone who is either an admitted tax-cheat or an incompetent.

But I digress.

In the video below, Congressman Ryan describes the three qualities needed in a reformed tax code that is aimed at promoting real economic growth and a return to prosperity: fairness, competitiveness, and simplicity.

Take that, progressives.

And I’m kidding a bit in the headline; while I suspect Ryan would be superb at Treasury (or any economics related job in a new administration), I’d rather he stay in the House as a powerful committee chairman for a good, long time in order to be in place to put the brakes on crazy spending schemes.

Via Dan Mitchell, who has some good comments on Ryan’s video.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Gunwalker: three more murders linked to Obama admin. scandal

September 15, 2011

CBS reporter Cheryl Attkisson has done the best work among MSM journalists on the growing scandal surrounding Operation Fast & Furious, having been on it since it broke early this year. Now she’s filed a report about three more murders tied to guns the US government knowingly let fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels:

Weapons linked to ATF’s controversial “Fast and Furious” operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide.

According to a letter from U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the disclosed incidents may be only a partial list of violent crimes linked to Fast and Furious weapons because “ATF has not conducted a comprehensive independent investigation.”

When added to the guns found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the U.S., the newly-revealed murders in Mexico bring the total number of deaths linked to Fast and Furious to four.

According to the Justice Department letter:

One AK-47 type assault rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered Nov. 14, 2009 in Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico after the Mexican military rescued a kidnap victim.

On July 1, 2010, two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious suspects were recovered in Sonora, Mexico after a shootout between cartels. Two murders were reported in the incident using the weapons.

On July 26, 2010, a giant .50 caliber Barrett rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered in Durango, Mexico after apparently having been fired. No further details of the incident were given.

Click through for the rest.

So, which scandal do you think will bring about the first cabinet-level resignations and/or a special prosecutor? Gunwalker, in which people have died, or Solyndra, into which the White House sank one-half billion of our dollars into a company it knew was failing? I think it’s almost a dead heat.

So many scandals, so little time.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)