D. Marquis: Republicans incapable of governing

Thomas Shields (July 25) still refuses to look at his own party’s failures.

Intelligence agencies set talking points for all agencies of government while facts are gathered and confirmed. Benghazi was a serious investigation. Fact check.org says it cannot say the administration was intentionally misleading the public. There were huge mistakes made for sure. The last administration lied the U.S. into a war costing 4,488 American lives, 32,021 wounded, at a cost of $2 trillion.

Yes, Benghazi was tragic. Is Obama worse than the Bush administration? Please.

The people of the Middle East need to learn to solve their own problems. The U.S. cannot jump into every conflict around the world at the behest of Americans like Shields. American strength does not come from the barrel of a gun, it comes from the values system. It would be wrong to have the world thinking U.S. values are based on invasion, war and control.

Harassment of conservative organizations? The bombshell IRS audit released in May omitted information about liberal groups at the request of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s office. The IRS was flagging liberal and conservative groups equally. Chairman Issa was on a witch hunt and got caught.

The deficit is falling under the Obama administration by $200 billion more than projected.

Why doesn’t Shields want to talk about the 37 times Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare? Iraq?

Could it be because the Republican Party is a shameful embarrassment incapable of governing?

David Marquis, Lewiston

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Steve  Dosh's picture

D. Marquis: Republicans incapable of governing

Mainers, Thurs. night 17:30 August 1st
Boner [sic] couldn't get his own party to support his own budget bill today , fool that he is . He has alienated accountants , young people , women , minorities ( and other democrats ) , all sensible individuals , most other republican and independant voters who aren't sipping tea and marrying their secretaries ( Gingrich ) in the back rooms on the hill
He has no allies or friends because everyone knows he is a power hungry petty tyrant .He is playing piss poor politics and we all suffer
The US House of Representative had passed about 22 bills this year , things like naming post offices , stretches of hi-way and naming other landmarks
This is just about the worst Congress ever in our history and follows the worst executive officer since Warren Harding '21 - '23 ( i.e., Bush jr. )
/s Steve

FRANK EARLEY's picture

In response to your final question...........

This witch hunt the Republican Party has been focused on for some time now, indicates how desperate they have become. I can't understand how the citizens, who elected these fools into office, can just sit back and watch this embarrassment unfold.
If these so called elected officials would just dedicate themselves to performing the jobs they were put in office to do, maybe we could be living in some kind of harmony.
Last night I heard Rand Paul comment, regarding this little feud he's having with Chris Cristie. How "there are plenty of Democrats to attack, so lets stop fighting amongst ourselves". That is exactly the kind of statement we have come to expect from the Right. Could someone please educate me as to how attacking the opposing side is more beneficial than working together? Do these yahoo's pay attention to the public opinion polls? If they did they may be shocked to realize how much they are driving people away with their theatrics.
This has gone on long enough. I don't want theatrics, I don't want big government, I don't want small government. All I want to see is a functioning government. Get rid of the "Ego's", just do the job they are there for. they could accomplish a lot in four years. I'm sick of elected officials wasting my time and tax dollars acting like school children out at recess.

Thats the problem, Frank

As the extremists gain a louder voice, the more moderate voters are turned off of the whole process, so as a result, only the extremists vote in the primaries, and the Tea Party and socially conservbative libertarians (contradiction intended) prevail. So then in the general election, the moderate yet loyal GOP voters either hold their noses and vote for their party anyway (and the TP candidate wins) or, in the case of a candidate too extreme to bear, they vote for the dems or stay home (and the dem in that district wins).

That's how they get in.

To a smaller extent, that's how the more fringey Democrats get elected, too.

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Good letter

Very factual. Republicans have chosen to sabotage the Federal Government and the economy while implementing their real agenda in states they completely control i.e.
1. More than 200 unconstitutional laws denying health care to women
2. laying off public employees, cutting their salaries and/or reducing or denying their benefits
3. Suppressing minority voting
4. Unconstitutional immigration laws
5. Unconstitutional laws to impose religious dogma on secular institutions /programs

in hopes of gaining the big prizes - repeal of Medicare, Social Security, Anti-discrimination laws.

A vote for any Republican is a vote to turn our back on progress and America's future.



The Republicans, in their zeal to proactively smear Hillary, divulged a secret CIA operation which involved sending Libyan weapons to the Syrian rebels via Turkey. The attack on the embassy occurred because Al Qaida thought the CIA was operating out of the embassy when it was actually nearby. The embassy downplayed protection because their budget was cut and they also claimed they did not want to draw attention to CIA activities. After the attack both the CIA and the State dept. continued to protect our allies in Libya and in Turkey while the Republicans were spilling our secrets to Assad and to Islamic militants in Turkey. My guess is that the embassy personnel chose to protect our secrets rather than to call in military aid on that day and that they are heroes unlike the opportunists who made their sacrifice useless. I think we can probably blame the unrest in Turkey that occurred afterwards to be a result of this breach of security. Republicans are now looking to make war with the rebels in Syria while at the same time helping the Assad forces They are a circular firing squad.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"My guess is that the embassy

"My guess is that the embassy personnel chose to protect our secrets rather than to call in military aid on that day and that they are heroes unlike the opportunists who made their sacrifice useless."

You guessed wrong - again.

"Here’s the time line: Attackers streamed into the State Department’s temporary mission on Sept. 11 at around 9:45 p.m. The ambassador called Hicks to alert him to the attack. As Tripoli and Washington scrambled to respond, attackers set a diesel-fueled fire that killed Stevens and information officer Sean Smith.

Americans in Tripoli sent a seven-person security team to Benghazi, which landed around 1:15 a.m. Held up by lack of transportation and escort from Libyans, it got to the annex around 5 a.m. — just in time for a second attack. Mortar rounds rained, killing American security officers on the roof, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty."

Steve  Dosh's picture

Mainers, Thurs. night 17:45

Mainers, Thurs. night 17:45 August 1st
Did you know that Bush and Condi Rice knew about the 9.11 attack before it occurred ? They did Read this
" However, it appears from your question that you may be looking for a presidential daily briefing, dated August 6, 2001, that was declassified, in part, in April 2004, titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." This presidential daily briefing is available through the website for the Federation of American Scientists, at http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/product/pdb080601.pdf "
It's from the US LIbrar of Congress
You can't make this stuff up ?
Ignor-ance is not bliss • 
/s Steve , former U S Embassy employee who has been shot at B4

MARK GRAVEL's picture

If you want to play that

If you want to play that game, then you need to take it to Clinton who was briefed with the same intelligence and passed on the opportunity to kill Osama.

Perhaps volcanic vapors are clouding you memory ..... again.

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Pardon me, but who was president on August 6, 2001? How can you claim (with a straight face) Clinton had the same intelligence? And, for the record, wasn't it the Democratic leader of the free world that ordered the raid on bin Laden?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"Hank Crumpton, Former CIA

"Hank Crumpton, Former CIA Officer: Clinton Wouldn't Authorize Osama Bin Laden Kill In 1999 "

The U.S. know Osama was a threat back in 1999.




The job of the IRS is to collect tax money owed. They should be going after all the tax cheats whether they are liberal or conservative. The fact that they suddenly had a bunch of conservative groups file for exemption all at once before the election would of course mean they would look there. The fact that their budget was cut and the congress wouldn't approve their leadership would also mean they would look to save money and had people making decisions who would normally look to leadership for that.. They went after the Occupy groups plenty. It just occurred at a different time. The current geniuses in the House want to cut the IRS budget by 83 billion. That should really improve things. The Republicans are now a circular firing squad complaining at the same time we have a deficit and defunding the guys who collect the taxes.

Steve  Dosh's picture

.. l o l Claire ? They are

.. l o l Claire ? They are simply rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic ? /s Steve

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You mean the IRS is looking out for the American people? Aren't they supposed to just rubber stamp every application "approved"?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You can keep trying to fool

You can keep trying to fool yourself with those talking points. Even IRS officials are telling a different story; they admitted to targeting conservative groups.

Who should the readers believe? Claire Camache's version of the story from backwoods Maine, or IRS officials?

Perhaps the IRS story!

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yea, I would disagree too

Yea, I would disagree too since the IRS admitting to bias does but a kink in your story.

RONALD RIML's picture

Which groups are the ones advocating 'Tax Avoidance?'

Liberal Groups?? Or Conservative Groups?

The Tea Party - Let's see.... T.E.A. Party - Taxed Enough Already..... Last I checked they tended to be conservative.....

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Speaking of liberals, why is

Speaking of liberals, why is your president allowing himself to be B-slapped by Putin? Putin is making BO look like a little school boy.

Given that BO blame Bush behavior is meeting with increasing apathy, so BO is resorting to playing the "I don't know game."

The truth is finally revealing itself through BO's behavior that he can no longer hide.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Moreover, I will add that 99%

Moreover, I will add that 99% of the time when someone claiming they want more taxes pays very little in taxes themselves. Government spending is at an all time high, 24% of GDP, over the past 30 period. When is enough, enough?

RONALD RIML's picture

When is 'Enough, enough???"

When revenues pay down expenditures. Or weren't you aware of that???

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Just cut down expenditures -

Just cut down expenditures - done.

Ge Mark

If it's that easy, why haven't you run for office so you can show them how it's done?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And now, they're praising the

And now, they're praising the economy's current rate of growth of 1.7%. That's like taking your teenager to his favorite restaurant as a reward for having brought his GPA up to 1.7.
So far, the only two things oBAMa has taken responsibility for is obamacare and the paternity of his two daughters. Everything else is not his fault.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I'm surprised it is still not

I'm surprised it is still not Bush's fault nearly six years after the fact.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Even to the lefties that old

Even to the lefties that old saw has very few teeth left.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Liberals - Jeff Immelt (GE

Liberals - Jeff Immelt (GE CEO), Warren Buffer, Ronald Riml

TEA Party wants to reduce spending and taxes, so you cannot avoid paying what you don't owe.


Talking points

You also use talking point selectively. They admitted to using unusual processes to clump conservative groups together for purposes of efficiency not politics. That isn't the same. Issa also admitted to fudging the statistics to make it look as if they were targeting conservatives that is why the investigation went nowhere.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Claire ? Republicans ( and

Claire ? Republicans ( and other politicians ) are famous for their selective memory
It's a clever way of lying
Take Tricky Dick and his V P Spiro Agnew , fer' instance
hth, /s Steve :D

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Selective memory,

Selective memory, Steve?
During the Whitewater investigations Hillary Clinton "could not recall" 57 times. Now THAT'S selective memory.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Dear Foil Hat, Good thing I'm

Dear Foil Hat,

Good thing I'm not one of them.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Who has more power to affect

Who has more power to affect our personal lives? IRS or Darrel Issa - the former. Keep your eye on the ball, not the spectators.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"The IRS was flagging liberal

"The IRS was flagging liberal and conservative groups equally."

Conservative groups 104, approved 56
Progressive groups 7, approved 7

How do you measure equality?

Out ofd how many

Out ofd how many applications?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

All that information is in

All that information is in the table I posted.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

To a lib equality is measured

To a lib equality is measured in 2 or 3 to 1 ratios; their favor. It's called the plurality of fairness doctrine.

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"Conservative groups 104, approved 56
Progressive groups 7, approved 7

How do you measure equality?"

Conservative Groups: 104 applied, 56 withdrew, 48 approved. Out of 48 decisions, 48 approved=100%

Progressive groups: 7 appled, 7 approved=100%

Looks like equality to me.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Mark ? Yes • ƒail ? /s

Mark ? Yes • ƒail ? /s Steve :D

MARK GRAVEL's picture



MARK GRAVEL's picture

"Looks like equality to

"Looks like equality to me."

That is the attitude the makes people go through life facing the government on their knees, arm extended, plam facing up.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Read the table more closely.

Read the table more closely. "outstanding or Withdrawn" means that the applicant go no response or gave up.


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read the table

And where did you come up with 56 approved? It's certainly not in the table you read so closely.

David  Cote's picture

Let it go, Mark

The #s are straight-forward. The I.R.S. has been targeting conservative groups, not that I disagree with the philosophy behind it, but the I.R.S. is supposed to be impartial in carrying out its duties and it's clear in this case they have not been. Goes to show you can't win em' all...

MARK GRAVEL's picture

All Americans should reject

All Americans should reject the IRS's behavior. Remember, what goes around comes around. Democrats will not be in power forever. Do we as a nation want to get into the practice of using government resources to attack political opponents?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Okay, 48 approved. That makes

Okay, 48 approved. That makes 56, more than half, of the applicants being harassed.

Thank you for pointing out the problem is worse than I thought.

RONALD RIML's picture

So Tea-Tards tend to be Conservative - not Liberal

Who-da Thunk It!!!!!

Funny how that works when your mantra in that you've been taxed enough already, and believe the IRS is unconstitutional. Think that might be a 'Tip-off'???

MARK GRAVEL's picture

go --> got

go --> got

Steve  Dosh's picture

Mainers , Thurs. night 18:00

Mainers , Thurs. night 18:00 August 1st
Mark Gravel got got again . ..
How's the wet and soggy weather in Flori-duh ?
Unfortunately for you, we democrats are first among equals
Get used to it already
/s , a casual spectator named Steve :D
http://spectator.org/ <- not • 

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Like I said, liberalism is a

Like I said, liberalism is a mental disorder predicated on narcissism.


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