Underreported Scandals

Some scandals are pure joy for the mainstream media, while others are too embarrassing to spend much time investigating and reporting. Two of the latter have to do with education and the justice department. Let’s begin with education.

People have been amazed over the past decade at just how well the Atlanta public schools have progressed. Scores kept rising as they zeroed in on No Child Left Behind funding. Now we discover why they’ve been doing so well—they’ve been cheating.  As noted by Mark Steyn,

Not the students, but the superintendent, and the union, and 38 principals, and at least 178 teachers—whoops, pardon me, “educators”—and some 44 of the 56 school districts. Teachers held “changing parties” at their homes at which they sat around with extra supplies of erasers correcting their students’ test answers in order to improve overall scores and qualify for “No Child Left Behind” federal funding that could be sluiced into maintaining their lavish remuneration. Let’s face it, it’s easier than teaching, right?

The superintendent, Beverly Hall, on the strength of these bogus scores, won the National Superintendent of the Year award, the Administrator of the Year Award, “and a zillion other phoney-baloney baubles with which the American edu-fraud cartel scratches its own back.” Yet, despite all this deception and fraud, it remains to be seen if there will be any genuine consequences. In my opinion, this is to be expected when government tries to “help” education.

Incidentally, this scandal has stayed so far beneath the radar that I can’t even find a political cartoon to help illustrate it. How sad is that? Stay tuned for more on this one.

Then there’s “Operation Fast and Furious.” I hope by now the word has gotten out about this one. What’s this one all about? It’s your stimulus money at work. Steyn again:

The official explanation is that the federal government used stimulus funding to buy guns from Arizona gun shops for known criminals to funnel to Mexican drug cartels. As I said, that’s the official explanation: As soon as your head stops spinning, we’ll resume the narrative. Supposedly, United States taxpayers were picking up the tab for Mexican drug lords’ weaponry in order that the ATF could identify high-up gun-traffickers. But, as it turns out, these high-up gun-traffickers were already known to other agencies—FBI, DEA, and other big-spending acronyms in the great fetid ooze of federal alphabet soup in which this republic is drowning. And, indeed, some of those high-ups are said to have been paid informants for those various federal agencies. So, in case you’re wondering why Obama’s second annual Recovery Summer is a wee bit sluggish at your end, relax: Stimulus dollars went to fund one federal agency to buy guns for the paid informants of another federal agency to funnel to foreign criminals in order that the first federal agency might identify the paid informants of the second federal agency.

Got it? If that seems a trifle confusing, here’s the bottom line: those guns made their way to Mexico as planned, where they were used to kill numerous Mexican civilians and at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry. And here’s where it gets somewhat speculative, but not outlandish:

If, by this stage, you’re wondering why U.S. stimulus dollars are being used to stimulate the Mexican coffin industry, consider the dark suspicion of many American gun owners—that the real reason the feds embarked on this murderous scheme was to plant the evidence that the increasing lawlessness on the southern border is the fault of the gun industry and the Second Amendment, and thereby advance its ideological agenda of ever greater gun control.

Meanwhile, as Republicans ramp up an investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder is playing dumb about it, hoping to find other scapegoats.

This is the same Eric Holder who has been quite selective in deciding who deserves prosecution and who does not:

Excuse me if I don’t feel like we’re in good hands.