Behold the Double Standards. Again.

Two items of note to mention:

  • The United States Senate has approved warrantless phone-tapping for the next five years by a vote of 73-23. It is worth remembering that the Senate is controlled by Democrats. As the article goes on to note, President Obama is “a vocal supporter” of the legislation and is sure to sign it. (Link via InstaPundit.)

  • As Jonathan Adler reports, the Obama administration appears to have tried to suppress scientific reports regarding the impact of genetically modified salmon on the environment. The White House’s action was deemed “a direct violation of numerous ethics regulations and possibly of federal laws,” that “was instituted over the objections of scientists at the FDA, but with the awareness of HHS Secretary Sibelius, her senior adviser Andrea Palm and the Office of Science and Technology Policy and its director John Holdren, who is responsible for enforcing ‘science integrity’ across government agencies.”

Of course, if the Bush administration were in power, port-side pundits would have raised holy Hell regarding these reports. But the Obama administration is in power, so instead, one just hears crickets.

  1. cdor

    “Of course, if the Bush administration were in power, port-side pundits would have raised holy Hell regarding these reports. But the Obama administration is in power, so instead, one just hears crickets.”

    Shhh…indeed.

  2. MJBubba

    Thanks for the tip.  It took a careful search to turn up the story at Forbes, which clearly indicates that the delay was nearly two years:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2012/12/28/obamas-science-commitment-fda-face-ethics-scrutiny-in-wake-of-gmo-salmon-fiasco/

    The LA Times also has the story.  They point out that the documents are dated seven months ago, and then go on to talk about the “seven-month delay,” clearly using an internal bureaucratic document processing step to minimize the actual delay:  http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-aquabounty-gmo-salmon-fda-20121226,0,4213839.story

  3. Devereaux

    Pejman  - you have it wrong. This is not a double standard. This is lawlessness. I certainly wouldn’t put the republicans past similar tactics if it suited them, but the democrats are in charge – and they are “the most transparent” governance in history.

    The poor law. The only person it no longer serves is the common man.

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