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Ron Johnson changes tune on watchdog independence under Trump

Discussion in 'General Politics' started by tulc, May 30, 2020.

  1. tulc

    tulc loves "SO'S YER MOM!! posts!

    PolitiFact - Ron Johnson changes tune on watchdog independence under Trump
    tulc(thought this was interesting)
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  2. Albion

    Albion Facilitator

    What's so interesting about a left-of-center publication taking yet one more opportunity to vilify the President of the United States? That's dime-a-dozen stuff.
  3. OldWiseGuy

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  4. tulc

    tulc loves "SO'S YER MOM!! posts!

    ...and yet, I note, here you are, commenting on it. But since you asked, I thought it was interesting seeing how quickly someone was willing, after 4 years of screaming about how important a particular part of the government oversight was, to abandon a staunchly held belief simply so he could be in President Trump's good graces. Because, as we all know: you can't be a President Trump guy if you aren't willing to (enthusiastically and without question) do everything he wants. :sigh:
    tulc(hopes that answers Albion's question of why something was interesting) :wave:
  5. jgarden

    jgarden Senior Veteran

    Ron Johnson changes tune on watchdog independence under Trump
    May 17, 2020

    Johnson took a prominent role defending inspectors general in 2015, when many Republicans in Congress were criticizing Obama for delays making permanent appointments.

    "It’s just incredibly important to have permanent inspectors general that are completely independent that will provide Congress and the American public transparency and that watchdog assignment — that responsibility for departments and agencies — so that we have awareness of what’s happening," Johnson said at a hearing on inspectors general that he chaired. "It’s the only way we’re going to be able to improve the efficiency, the effectiveness, the accountability of government is to have that type of transparency."

    At that hearing, Johnson also criticized the act of "retaliating against people that were issuing reports" that their superiors didn’t like, the Washington Post reported.

    In a June 2015 statement before a Congressional committee hearing, Johnson said permanent inspectors general are needed because they are more secure in their position and less at risk of "compromising their work to appease the agency or the president."

    And a May 2015 report spoke even more directly to the present situation. The report, issued by the Homeland Security Committee, which Johnson chairs, said this in support of the proposed Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015:

    "The power of the President … to remove an IG threatens the IG's independence at a very basic level. The IG Act attempted to temper this power by adding procedural safeguards meant to protect IGs from being removed for political or other nefarious reasons."

    PolitiFact - Ron Johnson changes tune on watchdog independence under Trump

    Take note that "Albion" makes no effort to address the facts concerning Johnson's "hypocrisy" because there's no defense against his direct quotes - apparently, however, only those publications that share this President's view of the world have the necessary credentials to criticize Trump and his supporters!
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2020