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President Obama’s IRS Scandal

by Mark A. Cohen

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Originally posted on May 22, 2013:

 Lois Lerner. She said she didn’t break any laws.
Lois Lerner. She said she didn’t break any laws.

In 2008, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), said about Republicans, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), in August, 2011, said “the real enemy is the Tea Party.” Is it no surprise then, that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an arm of the executive branch of government (under the president), targeted groups with Tea Party or Patriot (among others) in their names? The Tea Party does not consider itself an ‘enemy,’ but that’s how the president and his allies apparently see it. The IRS held up applications for tax exempt status for these and other conservative groups, but for no liberal groups. In the administration’s cross-hairs were organizations which planned to teach people about the U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

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In August of 2011, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said, “…as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell." You might say, “The Tea in Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already, so, why shouldn’t they be under more scrutiny than other groups? The Tea Party Patriots doesn’t encourage people to disobey the law or not pay taxes. They simply don’t want to pay any more taxes and wish to educate the public on the historical documents. Jenny Beth Martin, founder of the organization, on May 14, 2013, on CSPAN, wondered out loud how “…educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, which ensures our free speech and our freedom of the press, is dubious or a red flag? That is absolutely the wrong message the government needs to be sending…”

The Taxman

In 2009, President Obama implied he’d send someone to “beat up Sean Hannity.” And, at the IRS hearings in 2013, former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller strongly denied allegations that the agency engaged in politics. Then, why target only conservative groups?

 Steven Miller. He testified that it wasn’t partisanship, just foolish mistakes.
Steven Miller. He testified that it wasn’t partisanship, just foolish mistakes.

In 2010 President Obama said (to a group of latino voters), “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.” I have no evidence of the president’s involvement in any scandal, but doesn’t his three-year-old statement seem a bit strange? Doesn’t it seem odd that Obamacare causes the IRS to grow larger? Are you wondering why Sarah Hall Ingram, a former IRS commissioner in charge of tax exempt organizations (at the time), received a promotion to the directorship of the IRS’ Obamacare office?

 Mr. Shulman, former IRS Commissioner, blamed his predecessor.
Mr. Shulman, former IRS Commissioner, blamed his predecessor.

Isn’t it interesting how President Bush and VP Cheney were accused of everything under the sun, and yet President Obama is so innocent? David Axelrod, the president’s campaign director defended him while using the Tea Party’s own argument; “The government is too big.” That’s incredible! President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, said he’s not going to call for an independent investigation. Does that surprise you? The IRS Director of exempt organizations, Lois Lerner, took the 5th Amendment (today, on May 22, 2013), when asked of her involvement in the scandal. She said, “I have not done anything wrong… I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” Sound familiar?

 I know nothing.
I know nothing.

President Obama said that he’s angry about this, but what has he done about it? Two IRS officials offered resignations, but so far no one’s been fired. For such a super-intelligent guy, President Obama doesn’t seem to be interested in or know anything about what goes on in any agency under his purview. Neither does anyone else in his administration, which he promised would be the most transparent in history. As Boris says in Men in Black III, “That’s not possible!”


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