So far, the Obama administration’s response to its multiple scandals has been neither overwhelming nor overly comforting.
The president and attorney general danced a good dance in press conferences and congressional hearings, respectively, saying they don’t know much and didn’t hear anything about all this until about the same time you did.
Even liberal comedian Jon Stewart savaged Mr. Obama for repeatedly learning about big news events – supposedly – at the same time as the rest of the country.
What a scam. By continually feigning ignorance, the president dodges both accountability and questions.
The president then put on his angry hat and made a big show of “firing” the interim head of the IRS over the scandal in which the agency targeted conservative groups. What a hero. The man was about to leave office anyway, and reportedly will be allowed to make a graceful exit in June. Some firing!
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric “I Know Nothing” Holder – who continued the Obama administration shtick of ginning up anger to ward off scandal in congressional hearings – will, you’ll be glad to know, be investigating the IRS scandal.
Even though Holder’s own Department of Justice is up to its neck in scandal itself: Holder himself is in contempt of Congress for refusing to come clean on the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal – and his department is accused of secretly spying on Associated Press phone records.
The IRS unfairly, unethically and, in our view, illegally targeted Tea Party groups, Jewish groups, pro-life groups and outspoken individual critics of President Obama. Some 500 organizations reportedly have had their applications for tax-exempt status delayed with varyingly scurrilous demands.
Jenny Beth Martin, the Georgia co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said the IRS demanded to know who her donors are (even though smaller donors can be anonymous by law); the agency insisted on knowing every member of Congress that her organization had talked with; and the IRS even wanted to know which books that a book club affiliated with the Patriots had read – and wanted a book report on one of them.
One public interest law firm says a pro-life group, which had its application delayed as well, had been required to swear it wouldn’t protest against Planned Parenthood.
These are some of the most reprehensible and frightening allegations of a U.S. government run amok that we’ve heard of. And yet we’re expected to sit back and watch this government investigate itself? The same
government that rewrote
talking points on the Benghazi terrorist attack last year 12 times – and ended up telling repeated lies about what led to the attack?
Forgive us for being underwhelmed at the notion.
This administration should count its lucky stars that conservatives aren’t in the streets already, a la some of the liberal groups that have shut down ports, taken over the Wisconsin statehouse and occupied public streets and parks.
But it remains to be seen what can be accomplished by one arm of a corrupt government investigating another.
Or how much more conservatives will be expected to swallow.