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Report: Republican congressional staffers say they’re fed up with crazy Benghazi witch-hunt

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THIS is pretty interesting:

GOP aides are criticizing the House Republicans’ partisan witch-hunt over the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya last year, arguing that the Party should focus more on substantive issues, such as lessons learned and how to recalibrate diplomatic security.

Roll Call reports that Republican aides are saying staffers are getting bogged down chasing bogus accusations.

“We have got to get past that and figure out what are we going to do going forward,” a GOP aide told Roll Call. “Some of the accusations, I mean you wouldn’t believe some of this stuff. It’s just — I mean, you’ve got to be on Mars to come up with some of this stuff.” Another aide expressed frustration at accusations that military assets weren’t properly deployed during the night of the attacks and that a team from Tripoli could have been flown in to fight off the attackers…

It appears that some Republicans are also beginning to see that the GOP’s Benghazi affair isn’t paying dividends. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed away from some Republicans’ baseless claims of an Obama White House cover-up. And Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) in an interview on Fox News on Monday warned his colleagues about taking the issue too far.

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  1. The true shame in the Far Right’s obsession with this tragedy is the effect on the families of the victims. This entire process is being instrumented as a ruse to attempt to shame Hillary Clinton and our President. Our Republican Congressmen spend their days trying to Bamboozle Obama instead of doing what they are paid for by representing their constituents. See what kind of job they’ve done applying the blackface to the POTUS at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html Their hands are sticking to this tar baby as the public is becoming increasing impatient with the nonsense and waste of taxpayer money.

  2. expdoc

    I’ll take 2 Brandt, one for home and one for work. Just put them on my tab and ship them to the usual address.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    This 12% rating from our congress is well deserved…they have more vacation time then Bush ever thought about…and guess who is footing the bill..

  4. expdoc

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57584921/officials-on-benghazi-we-made-mistakes-but-without-malice/

    The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it’s important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect “incompetence rather than malice or cover up.” Nonetheless, in the eight months since the attacks, this is the most sweeping and detailed discussion by key players of what might have been done differently.

    “We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

  5. Robert

    Ok, who was that official? What was his/her “official” name? I’m not buying it.

    “We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

  6. Neftali

    Congress taking a vacation is good thing. The more, the merrier. Its money well spent.

    “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session” – Gideon J. Tucker

  7. Brian Opsahl

    Nef, we finally agree on something….stop the presses…!

  8. Nef said: “Congress taking a vacation is good thing. The more, the merrier. Its money well spent.”

    Really Nef? How about this?

    “Nearly 20 percent of the recorded travel costs last year – $260,000 – were incurred by 20 House members no longer in Congress. Most of those members traveled after announcing they were retiring, lost re-election bids or declared they wouldn’t seek office again.”

    Or this?

    “But the Herald-Tribune investigation found that in 2012, France, Ireland and Spain were among the five most frequently reported destinations for House members. Seventy-three members visited one of those countries, while just 35 made stops in Afghanistan.
    And no House member reported visiting Iraq.”
    Read the investigative report here.
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130511/ARTICLE/130519944/2416/NEWS

  9. Neftali

    tex – I would still prefer having my tax dollars spent on traveling and frivolous luxury items by soon to be ex-congressmen than I would paying these people to take away more of our liberties, which is often the case.

  10. monkey

    Nef: you and other GOPers often speak of your “liberties” being taken away by Obama and/or the “government.” What specific liberties have you lost since he became President?

  11. Brian Opsahl

    Yea…what Monkey said..!!

    Nef,

  12. expdoc

    How about the ability to forgo health insurance if I choose to “self insure” myself?

    How about proposed limits on gun ownership and other gun control laws?

    How about increased personal income tax rate to cover runaway government costs?

  13. Robert

    expdoc,

    I’m curious if you have any thoughts on where the government could cut cost? What part of the budget are you most furious with?

    What limits on gun ownership do you think would be within reason?

    As far as being self insured, I would think that kind of program is typically run through an insurance company where they act as the claims facilitator (for lack of a better term) and you pay them a fee for that based on the terms of pay outs you associate with your plan.

    I think many small company’s do it that way, so I would think all you’d have to do is create a company and then the associated health insurance benefit that you fund, is paid out through the 3rd party facilitator you choose. I would think an S Corp (check with your acct) would be ideal as you could say its a perk of the company to the owner. I would think if you chose to be your own insurance company, the hospital and doctor facilities providing you service wouldn’t give you the better rates and you would have to pay full price, so its not just the government that would be fining you for not being in a program, but also the healthcare providers that make people without traditional insurance plans pay the highest rates they have. ( You know this, you’re a doctor.)

    I’m just basing my opinion on my limited knowledge of the healthcare industry, but I would think you could find a way to self insure and in a way that would allow you to get the best rates from the care giving organizations.

  14. expdoc

    Robert,

    I am not furious about anything in my life at the moment. Chagrined, with a fair dose of worry, would be a better description.

    Set aside hundreds of millions of dollars on wasteful pork that our elected officials love to dole out. Any meaningful fiscal reform will require entitlement reform. Period.

    Limits of gun ownership that are within reason? To what end? To prevent another Newtown? It won’t work.

    By self insurance I mean, if I get sick, I pay the bill. For me. Personally. I don’t do that now and neither does my corporation but there are people who would prefer to do that and will no longer be able to do so without incurring a penalty.

  15. Neftali

    Pretty much everything in the annual “Pig Book” that that Citizens Against Government Waste publishes is a good place to cut government waste.

    http://cagw.org/reporting/pig-book

  16. Neftali

    And as I stated yesterday, the annual report that the Government Accountability Offices puts out at the request of Tom Coburn is a fantastic example that shows all the duplicate areas of government that are wasteful.

    http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow?ContentRecord_id=f814fffa-cd82-4130-a617-0b6fd368511f

    I honestly have zero doubt that if Mitt Romney were President, he would be acting on this report to modernize government. Instead we have a community organizer that just knows how to spend money.

  17. Robert

    Thanks Neftali, I’ll check it out.

  18. Neftali

    Want to talk about wasteful fraud in Medicare? How does $50 billion in waste sound?

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/09/27/How-Medicare-Wastes-Almost-50-Billion-a-Year.aspx#page1

    The government spends more each year to combat fraud, and yet, because Medicare is so huge, greater amounts of fraud go unnoticed and undetected. yes, idiot liberals think we should have everyone be under one universal health care (i.e. the government, or “Medicare for all”) because they think it reduces costs, when nothing could be further from the truth.

  19. Steverino

    It’s always government waste until tragedy strikes. So who do you turn to when you’re without food, shelter and water? The Tea Party?

  20. expdoc

    You could come to my church Stevo. Or try the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

  21. Steverino

    Pack your bag and get down to OK Doc I’m sure they could use your skills.

  22. Robert

    Since this conversation has morphed into government waste, I was reading this story on the WREX website about the shutting down of 50 schools in Chicago for cost reasons. Apparently some of the parents are real upset because their kids have to cross gang territories to get to a different school. Really? And why is this the problem of the school district? Maybe E W Jackson from Virginia can provide some solutions to this problem?

    http://www.wrex.com/story/22398838/2013/05/22/chicago-board-of-education-votes-to-shut-down-50-schools

  23. Robert

    Maybe this meeting behind closed doors is because something that needs to be kept a secret is going to be acknowledged, something that would impact national security? Something that many people may suspect, but can’t ever be confirmed publicly. Why else do you meet behind closed doors? Maybe the media can drop this tired subject after this meeting is done, hopefully.

    PS – Neftali, how’d all those fixes to all the pork spending go while Bush was in office? Has something changed since Obama came in that’s he’s not following in the manner as Bush in this area?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/darrell-issa-subpoena_n_3321620.html

  24. Brian Opsahl

    Nef,

    The idea of a universal health care plan came from….oh yea the Heritage Foundation…hhmm and who was the first in the Nation to tryout this new idea….Mitt Romney and the Massachusett Democrats…

  25. Neftali

    No Brian. The Heritage Foundation never advocated single payer. They advocated mandatory health insurance. Huge difference.

    That’s #2 where you are wrong.

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