Members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Liberty Caucus have become the sole congressional voice openly speaking out against President Obama's proposed third war in Iraq.
The Obama administration is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling of federal agency and department inspectors general, according to a letter to lawmakers from a strong majority of the supposedly independent government watchdogs. The officials, who are charged by Congress with routing out corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse within their respective agencies, warned that the consequences of the obstructionism could be dire. Critics and lawmakers seized on the letter as further evidence that the administration marketed as the “most transparent” in history has become exactly the opposite.
Americans across the political spectrum are becoming increasingly outraged by the swarms of heavily armed federal bureaucracies, many with SWAT teams and military weapons, breaking down doors and terrorizing citizens to enforce unconstitutional regulations on everything from food and drugs to the environment and education. In response, a group of GOP lawmakers in Congress announced that they are working to at least demilitarize the perpetually expanding army of regulatory bureaucrats. Supporters of the effort said it would be a good start in reining in Leviathan.
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives paved the way for a lawsuit against President Obama for his abuse of power. In June, House Speaker John Boehner accused the president of not faithfully executing the laws of the United States and announced plans to file suit. On July 30, House Republicans voted to proceed with that lawsuit.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill intended to curb NSA powers, but it will probably not be taken up this session of Congress.