Archive for Monday, March 24, 2014

Editorial: Double standard?

If Toyota is “shameful” for not leveling with the public, isn’t the government equally “shameful” for not leveling with citizens about some recent government actions?

March 24, 2014

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The saying “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” might be relevant to the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to levy a $1.2 billion fine against the Toyota automobile company.

Under the agreement, Toyota will admit it misled U.S. consumers by making “deceptive statements about two safety issues.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said the matter was “shameful” and added that the automaker showed “a blatant disregard for systems and laws designed to look after the safety of consumers.”

If the attorney general found the automaker “shameful” because of its “deceptive statements,” it is understandable that millions of American might want to ask the attorney general whether the public should be able to learn the truth about recent government actions such as the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative organizations, the “Fast and Furious” matter and the Benghazi tragedy?

Isn’t the stonewalling by the government and Holder concerning these situations just as “shameful” as Toyota’s not leveling with the public?

Just as the saying about the goose and gander seems appropriate, so does the saying about the pot calling the kettle black.

Obviously, there are double standards in the Justice Department about what the public has a right to know. The only difference is that the Justice Department can level a $1.2 billion fine against Toyota — and is about to initiate a similar probe against General Motors — but the public has no record to force Holder to be open and transparent about the “shameful” actions by our government.

Comments

Bob Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

The apologists for the current regime are everywhere.

Seth Peterson 1 year, 2 months ago

You shouldn't use words you don't understand.

Steve King 1 year, 2 months ago

Here we go again. Just keep the tricks in the news. Keep sayng it and the dunderheads will believe it to be true. The IRS scandal, proven to target all groups not just conservatives. One year of hearings and...nothing. Fast and Furious, run by a rouge division. One year of hearings...and nothing.

And Benghazi. Give it a rest. One year of hearings...and nothing. People got all upset because in the dawning hours they provided scant information as they had and rightly kept their suspicions close to the vest. At the same time demonstrations were happening in other middle east countries because of a film and it was a perfect correlation to make. And as anyone in entry level detective work knows you don't release all the information you know immediately.

What I want to know about is that damaging information Donald Trump's super sleuths found in Hawaii he was so public about. And when is Ted Nugent going to leave the country?

I am not a witch. Husbands can rape their wifes. Women's bodies can shut down rape.

What a sterling group of GOP/Tea Party kooks.

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 2 months ago

The IRS "scandal" targeted all groups but it was 221 conservative groups versus 12 liberal left wing groups. All of the liberal groups have been given a decision on the status of their applications and all but about 25 of the conservative groups are still waiting for an answer after 3 years. As far as Benghazi, the only scandal is why the President after, somewhat, alluding to it being terrorism in his Rose garden address a day or two after, continued to push the narrative that either the administration wasn't sure or it was the result of a video that nobody saw. Susan Rice, a full five days after the event, insisted on no less than five Sunday morning talk shows that it was a spontaneous attack as a result of an anti-Islamic video. She was representing and speaking on behalf of the State Department and the Administration. When the bodies were returned to the U.S., Secretary of State Clinton approached the families of the slain and promised that they would punish the people responsible for this video, knowing full well that it had nothing to do with it. Why the lies? That's all I want to know. Why perpetuate a narrative that you know, for a fact, is not true? The only reason people lie is because they think that whomever their audience is will not like the truth. That's why they lied. They were covering up something else that they do not want anyone to know about. Forget lack of security and all of that. It's not the fact that they screwed up and let some people get killed. That's tragic in and of itself but I understand that mistakes are possible and it is impossible to plan for every contingency that can occur. I just expect, and insist, that my leaders be truthful when they make a mistake. Insisting that conservatives believe that husbands can rape their wives and women's bodies can shut down rape, because two morons that ran for office uttered these words, is not indicative of the Republican party or conservatives. To perpetuate this myth shows that you are not a critical thinker and are willing to eat any excrement sandwich the left is willing to serve you. Bon appetite!

James Howlette 1 year, 2 months ago

Interesting assertions on the IRS thing. I'm assuming you're going to now post credible links to back them up and also show that there were equal numbers of both types of groups applying that year.

Of course 501(c)(4) tax-exempt "social welfare" groups aren't actually required to apply with the IRS at all, so it doesn't matter if there are all those groups still waiting to hear back. It doesn't do anything to change their tax status. Doh!

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 2 months ago

I could provide proof, ad nauseum, and it would look like the right wing version of Richard Heckler below. I wouldn't expect you to believe them. I would expect you to accept, blindly, everything this administration has done, just like the rest of the sheeple out there that think government is the answer to all of their problems.

James Howlette 1 year, 2 months ago

So in other words, no, you don't have proof of any of this from credible sources, and now you're just trying to distract us from your embarrassment at getting the facts wrong by using straw man arguments and name calling. I gotcha.

James Howlette 1 year, 2 months ago

Did they accidentally publish a LTE without the author's byline? Even Dolph's rants are usually better researched than this one. Yeesh. Freshman journalism students could do a better job fact checking.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

I've been driving Toyota's since 1983 and never have had a mechanical problem.

We had a weird gas tank problem on our Sienna that went on for months. Yet our local Toyota dealer and Toyota stood by us for months and months until the situation was rectified. Twice Toyota reps were requested to come to Lawrence,Ks. The second visit was a BINGO for all concerned.

This situation was wayyyyy beyond any major warranty except for one. The one that covers an owner until any problem is rectified after the first initial repair order. There were plenty of visits back to the dealership shop to solve this mystery beyond reality. Nothing like it on the books.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative organizations, the “Fast and Furious” matter and the Benghazi tragedy?

IRS was targeting everyone at that time. Too bad you bought into the misinformation. Frankly not one PAC of any kind should have tax exemptions.

"Fast and Furious" was more misinformation. You forgot to mention news stories regarding trucks of USA guns crossing the Mexico border while BUSHCO was around.

Benghazi was a CIA covert activity gone sour…. The CIA is quite busy destabilizing targeted countries throughout the world such as those with lots of oil. Always in search of a friendlier dictator for the oil industry. Or maybe the precious metal industry.

Why do we have "Ambassadors " in the first place. They are nothing but lobbyists for USA corporations which in and of itself makes them unwanted characters abroad.

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 2 months ago

The IRS was NOT targeting everybody at the time. That is misinformation! Am I to believe that you feel the same about MoveOn.org in your "not one PAC" should have tax exemptions. If so, I'll agree with you on that. Nobody said that BushCo was exempt from anything but ObamaCo is dirty, dirty, dirty, on this one too. I don't care that Benghazi was a CIA covert activity gone bad. I want someone from this administration to stand up and say WHY THEY LIED about it. Lastly, what the heck do you know about diplomacy in the first place?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

This may be the most childish editorial ever published by an American newspaper. It literally reads like 2nd grade logic. The LJW will spend its last few breaths making itself look more and more ridiculous.

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