On Friday of last week “a senior official” at the DOJ called Darryl Issa’s office by mistake thinking it was a Democratic office. The official wanted to leak documents to the Dems and reporters before the Republicans saw them.
The key here is that the feds get to flaunt the law but private (often smaller) companies get the hammer.
I was talking to a fellow the other day over lunch and we both wondered how it was that Eric Holder could possibly, at this point, remain the Attorney General of the United States. It’s been one blatant abuse of power after another with this guy. Yet he remains.
More from the “watchlist leak” front.
It’s understandable. Holder once made his living defending the big banks and likely will go back to defending the big banks when he leaves the Department of Justice. So it’s not smart to alienate any future clients. The fact that the people who had the hidden Swiss bank accounts might be politically sensitive was also probably a factor here. One does not upset the club members if one wishes to remain in the club. Holder wants very much to remain in the club.
DOJ can’t physically go in and just shut down payday lenders, ammo manufacturers, and tobacconists (yet), but they can flood the companies which process payments for these businesses with requests and compliance paperwork to the point where business can’t be done. And that’s what they are doing.
This is what drives me crazy about at least some Republicans. Even Ted Cruz, supposedly someone who is for a smaller government and for reining in the power of bloated federal agencies thinks somehow that Washington has the obligation to enforce drug laws which are arguably unconstitutional in the first place. How can one be for limited government, for the Constitution, if one is for the incredibly expensive and often terribly unjust Drug War?