…And the woman comes and takes you away. Well, there is certainly something happening in Ohio. Ask a certain candidate a question and the full might and power of the government might just come down on your head.
A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on “Joe the Plumber” were more extensive than it first acknowledged.
Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.
The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.
Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.
Harris called the multiple records checks “questionable” and said he awaits more answers. “It’s kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket,” he said.
The explanation that Jones-Kelly gives – that this is routine for any name that pops up in the press – is either completely absurd or should deeply – very deeply – frighten every citizen of Ohio. For if the government has full time employees who have nothing better to do than check every name in the news against their databases, you should be very afraid of your government.
It is much more likely that maxed-out Obama donor Helen Jones-Kelley abused her office by running an authorized and very probably illegal search against a private citizen who asked a question and caused her chosen candidate to embarrass himself.