I guess she’s saying that Republicans are jealous of how great Obama is. We’re jealous, and that’s why we’re using these scandals; the Benghazi one, the IRS one, the phone-tapping AP one, and much more to come, because we wish we could be as great as he is. She said we’re doing this out of “fear” to undermine Obama’s great “vision”:
“They make so much of these issues, because this president is such a great president. He’s a visionary—you’ve heard me say this so many times. This is a great president. He’s a visionary. He has a knowledge of our country, concerns of the American people that give him judgment as to what plan we should have to go forward to strengthen the middle class. And he has an eloquence to convey that message. They fear that, and so any issue that comes up, they will try to exploit. And some of them are legitimate issues, but they should not dominate everything. And so what I think is that they have used talking points on Benghazi. They will use the IRS. They will use the AP. They will use these as, again, subterfuges, evasions of what the American people want us to do here. They want us to create jobs. Now if you’re a party in Congress, and you have no intention of creating jobs, you want to change the subject. So I think this is as much about enforcing their anti-government ideology, of not a public role in the creation of jobs, as well as undermining the president of the United States.”
First of all, we’re not targeting Obama. The Obama administration maybe, but not Obama himself. Yet at least. I don’t think this should all be about expecting the President to control everything. That’s what we don’t want.
This is about what happens when a government has grown to the monstrous size that ours is currently. No one person could possibly know all the scandals that are going on at any given time. These scandals could have come out during a Republican presidential term, and we would have been just as outraged. Maybe more so.
Pelosi says that we shouldn’t be focusing on these scandals. We should be creating jobs. But the only way a government can create jobs is by growing itself. She wants to add to the problem.
There are always going to be scandals like these in a government this size, because those in power have no incentive to be careful with an endless supply of other people’s money. There’s no incentive for there to be oversight and accountability until a particular scandal gets leaked to the press. Then they have to do their canned apologies and choreographed resignations. Anything to get Americans to stop complaining and move on.
All Pelosi is asking for is more government departments and bureaucracies, more government jobs, and therefore more scandals and more cover-ups.
Even David Axelrod acknowledged that government is just too big. Of course, he wasn’t criticizing big government; just pointing out that we can’t blame Obama, because the government is too vast for one person to keep an eye on at all times.
In any case, this is not about jealousy toward our “great president.” And it’s not about fear either. It’s about the natural consequences of having an unfathomably large government. And we should expect more corruption, scandals and attempted cover-ups the larger the government gets.