Friday, February 01, 2008

Sticking up for the wrong constituents, Sherrod

Oh, how nice. Senator(-because-he-was-an-Ohio-Democrat-at-exactly-the-right-time) Sherrod "I'm White, Dammit" Brown is now telling the Department of Defense just who is a security risk, or more importantly, who is not:

10 Investigates took the concerns to Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

"I just don't think the whole situation makes sense," Brown said. "I think the government is overreached and the government should change its mind."

Brown said that he sent a letter to DFAS, complaining about the situation and demanded an explanation.

"The government is overreached" because negative information (such as bad credit, the example cited in the piece I linked to) causes some people not to qualify for security clearances? "The government should change its mind" about allowing people subject to bribery to hold sensitive positions?

Senator Brown, are you serious about what you're saying here, or is this just demagoguery for public consumption? If you're serious, then step up and hire these folks (who in some cases owe thousands of dollars to creditors, but refuse to pay) to handle your campaign contributions.

Edit: Nah, we don't need to check the financial background of federal employees.

Also, Senator Brown, talk to Congressman Mike Pence's office about the proper response in this situation. You might want to start with the last sentence and read backward:

It is very important that the employees are able to pass continuing security clearances to make sure that the people who have access to our national defense secrets are not in any way compromised.

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