[Sept ‘18] Much media attention during the 60-day run to the mid-term elections is Noise. It does NOT address issues facing the nation, nor details of proper governance. It is misdirection and fuss-and-feathers… noise.
Nevertheless, because it is prevalent, a comment is appropriate.
So, what deserves congressional action? Please review my actions for Congress.
Who do I believe, Judge Kavanaugh or his accusers? My opinion does NOT matter. This is a matter of law and for the Senate.
IMHO, the only information that should be withheld from The People is during a war formally declared by Congress. Information about military strategy and troop movements, if released, could endanger our bravest citizens. Compromising our warriors (in a rightly declared war) is unconscionable.
With that said, once a battle is concluded, troop movements for that battle are NO longer secret and should be released. And at the conclusion of the war, the strategy is NO longer secret. THE PEOPLE have a right to know what was done on our behalf and with (extorted) tax dollars. Make this information public.
All other information currently hidden by the federal gov’t is property of The People. It cannot be withheld; release it.
A federal gov’t with MUCH LESS metadata is less susceptible to cyber-attacks. It also has a lower cost of warehousing the (now unnecessary) data. This is a good time to end NSA surveillance of US citizens.
Information that may embarrass federal officials and appointees should be released. Again, We The People should know who is serving the public and who is abusing that privilege. BTW, we all make mistakes, especially those on public display. If the mistakes are honest mistakes, the public will forgive. If the mistakes are intentional, the appointee(s) should be uncovered and censured (and hopefully removed).
But, this is a matter for neighbors and local authorities, NOT the federal gov’t. First responders and other concerned citizens are there on-site and can better address needs and struggles of fellow citizens shaken by this destructive hurricane.
As a keeper of the federal purse, the duration of this ongoing investigation must be assessed. Is it properly spending taxpayer money or is it wasting it? At present, I do NOT know… but I need to know.
Perhaps, similar probes should only be given funding for a specified period of time. If the investigation lasts longer than anticipated, the probe must approach Congress for additional funding.