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Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Member Of The Left FINALLY Gets It - 'Fourth Branch Of Government' Is Dangerously Off Kilter

By Susan Duclos

Pigs have sprouted wings and started flying this week.

First we have members of the liberal media stepping up and speaking out in defense of a Fox News reporter.

Democratic politicians sounding the alarm about the IRS targeting conservatives, warning "a lot more" is to come out."

Pundits from the left and the right agree on something, that being that Attorney General Eric Holder must go.

Now, Jonathan Turley, leftist and professor of  public interest law  at George Washington University Law School, suddenly discovers what he calls "the rise of the fourth branch of government," meaning federal administrative bureaucracy, and decides "it is dangerously off kilter."

Ya think?

There were times this past week when it seemed like the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party had returned to Washington. President Obama insisted he knew nothing about major decisions in the State Department, or the Justice Department, or the Internal Revenue Service. The heads of those agencies, in turn, insisted they knew nothing about major decisions by their subordinates. It was as if the government functioned by some hidden hand.

Clearly, there was a degree of willful blindness in these claims. However, the suggestion that someone, even the president, is in control of today’s government may be an illusion.

The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself: It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter. Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.


Conservatives have been warning consistently for decades that the bigger the government gets, the more corrupt and dangerous it is to liberty and freedom.

When you have a president, like Obama, constantly claim he learned of the corruption and failures within his own administration from news reports as he did with Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the out-of-control DOJ attacking the free press, the denial for additional security in Benghazi... etc..... then it should be obvious that there is a problem.

Yet Turley acts like he just discovered America... hey, look, I found something!!!!

Kudos to Turley for finally seeing the light, but I would ask, what took so long?

(Changes made to the headline for accuracy)