IRS Flinches, Obama Digs In

May 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

In his remarks concerning the IRS scandal, Obama noted

“Congress, Democrats and Republicans, owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.”

While that is duly noted, the trouble is that what the IRS did appears to have been done solely based on partisan agendas and politics given that the IRS specifically went after conservative groups on the right and not groups on the left.

We know from documentation that the IRS specifically targeted groups that were flagged for having one or more of the following criteria:

  • Whether “Tea Party,” “Patriots” or “9/12 Project” was referenced in the case file.
  • Whether the issues outlined in the application included government spending, government debt or taxes.
  • Whether there was advocating or lobbying to “make America a better place to live.”
  • Whether a statement in the case file criticized how the country is being run.
  • Whether it advocated education about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

All of the above points are clearly emphasizing politics. Think about it. The IRS went after groups if their intention was to educate people about the founding documents of this country. This kind of reactionary invasion of privacy and restriction of people’s rights by the left is unconscionable, yet it happened. In spite of that, Obama has the audacity to suggest that an investigation should proceed without smacking of politics.

Of course, it may have been that Obama was indirectly referencing the Investigator General’s report.

“A 48-page IG report explicitly stated that the IRS behavior was ‘not politically biased,’ that it was due to lower-level staff who did not understand their jobs and sometimes acted insubordinately, and that it was not driven by the White House.”

Unfortunately, that statement appears to stretch credulity. Even if only a few “lower-level staff” members were responsible for the entire thing (which in itself is very difficult to believe), surely it is more than obvious that their intentions were very politically biased. They didn’t understand their jobs? Acted insubordinately? Says a lot for the IRS with employees like that. Why was the acting director fired and there is no word as to whether or not those two “lower-level staff” members are still gainfully employed?

Actually, the four employees have already come out to say they were merely doing what they were ordered to do. Uh oh, now what?

In spite of the statements in the IG report, it appears that harassing letters from the IRS to conservative groups came, not just from Cincinnati, but also from Washington, DC headquarters as well as California offices of the IRS. Lest we also forget, officials from the IRS actually apologized not for the appearance of unfairly targeting conservative groups, but for actually targeting them. How did the IG miss the obvious?

In another turn of events, “The American Center on Law and Justice is threatening to sue the IRS if 27 tea party groups aren’t granted tax-exempt statuses by Friday.” This is serious stuff and when you even have Democrats agreeing that laws were likely broken by the IRS, firing the acting director of the IRS really doesn’t cut it. We are talking about the potential of some people going to jail over this situation. Is the IG saying that a few “lower-level staff” members managed to stall all those conservative groups by themselves and no one else knew about it? Right. Is the IRS going to fire them? Retrain them? Promote them? What? Will they go to jail, but turn state’s evidence against their higher-ups? More whistle blowers? Sheesh, it’s asinine.

I have not read the entirety of the IG report, but it appears that at least some time is spent trying to soft soap the situation and remove any potential blame from the Obama administration. This is in spite of the fact that the IRS is part of the Executive Branch of our government (US Treasury) and is therefore overseen by the White House. Whether or not the White House is involved will hopefully become very clear (as to their innocence or guilt), but the fact that the IG, some Democrats, and talking heads are going to bat for Obama makes it stink. It gives the impression that they are not really interested in truth because they are too busy trying to redirect.

I notice that Obama did not say that he would have an open door, that his administration would cooperate in every way with the investigation. Nothing.

Whether or not the IRS was playing politics remains to be seen. At least one conservative group – after waiting for over a year (from July 2011 to September 2012) – decided to resubmit an application for the same group with a different name, a name that didn’t sound conservative. Once they did this, with the name Greenhouse Solutions, their application was approved within three weeks. That’s the length of time it should take. Even with fewer agents on hand to process the paperwork, maybe six weeks tops. Definitely not a year. That’s absurd.

Something is terribly wrong with our government. Not sure it can be fixed, in spite of what Obama has said that it is fixable, but it needs to be fixed. The problem is that it’s the same people who have been in office with one, then two, then three, or more scandals, one right after the other. Each time, we’ve heard the words “we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen again,” or words to that effect. It’s like a broken record and still the scandals continue to come.

What’s next? I guess we’ll see then if a new scandal has developed overnight. If so, we can expect the same type of responses to the new one that we’ve had to the current ones: “I don’t know anything about that, but I will get to the bottom of it and all responsible parties will be held responsible.”

That works for every scandal so far. I’m sure it’ll continue to work for any others that pop up. Thursday’s another day and as I finish this up, it’s already Thursday morning. You ready? Wonder if this administration is…

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