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  •  GAO (7+ / 0-)

    The Government Accountability Office, under an Obama administration, should do an audit of how many taxpayer dollars have been spent "investigating" me,

    The Government Accountability Office is part of the legislative branch of government, that is to say it's under Congress's control, not the President.  Really it's a mechanism of congress's oversight powers, intended to be used to research how effectively (and legally) the executive branch is operating, as well as producing raw data that's crucial to refining legislation.

    The GAO should still perform that audit, but it would (and should) be directed by Congress, not the Obama Administration.

    This is, of course, on top of the steps Obama and Holder should be taking to examine and reform the Justice department from the inside so it starts to work as it's supposed to work.

    •  Nail. On. Head. :::hit::: (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks, figleef -- an expert carpenter's stroke.

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:42:35 PM PST

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    •  Sadly, Congress itself is part of the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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      They have refused to exercise oversight time and again, and have let the Executive Branch run wild with powers never imagined to be possible by the founders and architects of our nation.

      The cravenness of Congress to the Executive Branch displayed these last 8 years is truly mind boggling.

      2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

      by shpilk on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 11:29:48 PM PST

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      •  Oversight (0+ / 0-)

        This doesn't change the fact that the GAO is under Congress, not under the President.

        As much as I like Obama, and as much as the 110th Congress disappointed me, the last thing we need to be doing is increasing executive power (by giving Obama control over the GAO, or even pretending he's in charge of them), and reducing the ability of Congress to perform their constitutionally mandated oversight functions.

        The executive branch can and should perform internal audits of the DOJ, but they can't and shouldn't direct the GAO to do this.

        Congress can and should direct the GAO to perform an external audit of the DOJ, and use that information to decide what laws should be passed to reduce the risk of crap like this happening again.

        But, most of all, We The People need to be riding our congresspeople to perform their congressionally mandated oversight functions, regardless of how much or little we like the current executive, because a lot of this crap would never have happened if the 107th, 108th, 109th and 110th Congresses had been doing their jobs to begin with.

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