Quotes of the day

posted at 10:51 pm on May 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Attorney Dan Backer, whose client TheTeaParty.net has been trying to obtain tax-exempt status since 2010, said an IRS analyst mentioned the alleged working group during a phone conversation about one of Backer’s other client organizations.

“More than a year ago, one of these guys, really a slip of the tongue, [said] ‘Yeah we have this new working group that’s really looking at all these conservative organizations,’” Backer said. “And that’s when we knew it was gonna be a problem.”…

“Nobody wipes their own ass in the government without a lawyer clearing it,” Backer said. “The idea that this is not at least a few layers up is nonsense.”

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It’s not like the IRS needs a way to flag the new groups that were created in the wake of the Citizens United decision. They have all the information they need to do that without any special filter. They can search for the date of the application. If what you’re concerned about is that most of the new groups being created are in fact thinly disguised electioneering vehicles, then what you want to do is take a random sample of the new groups, review them, and see what percentage turn out to be self-dealing or otherwised engaged in inappropriate behavior.

Instead, the IRS method for dealing with the volume was to take an unrandom sample. And how did they decide that you deserved extra scrutiny? Because you had “tea party” or “patriot” in your name. Since the Tea Party was a brand new movement in 2010, they couldn’t possibly have had any data indicating that such groups were more likely to be doing something improper. So how exactly did they come up with this filter? There is no answer that does not ultimately resolve to “political bias”…

Now, maybe 501(c) organizations are a big scam and don’t promote social welfare nad we should get rid of them, as I’ve seen some columnists complain. But this doesn’t actually seem like the right time to have that conversation. Rather, it seems like a distraction from the fact that IRS employees decided that groups which advocated for smaller government were somehow specially untrustworthy, and acted on this opinion by singling them out for extra bureaucratic hassles. This is hugely disturbing, and right now our focus should be on making sure it doesn’t happen again, not reforming the laws governing tax-exempt organizations.

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Suppose that the Environmental Protection Agency were to admit offhandedly that the fluoridation of water had only modest communist mind-control effects. Or the United Nations were to concede it had been running fleets of black helicopters over U.S. cities, but only in the course of conducting extensive goodwill tours.

The Internal Revenue Service has managed a similar confirmation. For years, tea party and patriot groups have breathlessly alleged that federal bureaucrats were conspiring against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Then federal bureaucrats conspired to target conservative groups because their tax documents contained the words “tea party” or “patriot,” and because they were “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”…

I am conspicuously not a libertarian. I believe that government has valid purposes that are more than minimal, and that public service is essentially noble. But most Americans, myself included, become libertarians when a policeman is rude and swaggering during a traffic stop. Give me that badge number. It is precisely because police powers are essential to the public good that abusing them is so offensive. The same holds for overzealous or corrupt airport-security agents. And it is doubly true with IRS personnel who misuse their broad and intimidating powers. It is enough to bring out the Samuel Adams in anyone.

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The Republican-controlled House won’t waste any time before it begins investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups.

The Ways and Means Committee is likely hold a hearing in the next two weeks before Congress recesses for a week for Memorial Day, according to several sources involved in planning. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been busy investigating the attack in Benghazi, is also likely to hold hearings, sources said.

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Tea party groups on Monday are threatening to sue the Internal Revenue Service after the agency admitted last week that it wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.

“We are looking at it pretty seriously,” said Dan Backer, a lawyer who represents a half dozen conservative groups targeted by the IRS, including Combat Veterans Training Group and TheTeaParty.net. “Given the sheer scope of maleficence at the IRS, there may be a legal recourse.”

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The question being asked in the political world today is whether the condemnations are too little, too late. As in, did the Obama Administration — and other Democrats in the House and Senate — miss their chance to claim some sort of high(ish) message ground by largely taking a pass on the story when it broke on Friday morning?…

Democratic Congressional strategists offered little in the way of explanation for the relative silence of their incumbents/candidates on the IRS over the weekend other than to say that Senators and House Members typically take their cues from the White House in sticky political situations like this one.

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Liberals, whose unvarying agenda is enlargement of government, suggest, with no sense of cognitive dissonance, that this IRS scandal is nothing more sinister than typical government incompetence. Five days before the IRS story broke, Obama, sermonizing 109 miles northeast of Cincinnati, warned Ohio State graduates about “creeping cynicism” and “voices” that “warn that tyranny is . . . around the corner.” Well.

He stigmatizes as the vice of cynicism what actually is the virtue of skepticism about the myth that the tentacles of the regulatory state are administered by disinterested operatives. And the voices that annoy him are those of the Founders.

Time was, progressives like the president 100 years ago, Woodrow Wilson, had the virtue of candor: He explicitly rejected the Founders’ fears of government. Modern enlightenment, he said, made it safe to concentrate power in Washington, and especially in disinterested executive-branch agencies run by autonomous, high-minded experts. Today, however, progressivism’s insinuation is that Americans must be minutely regulated because they are so dimwitted they will swallow nonsense. Such as: There was no political motive in the IRS targeting political conservatives.

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“I don’t think morale is the highest it’s ever been,” said an Obama veteran. “It’s been a hell of a way to start a second term. … The gun vote was infuriating, depressing. … Then you went from Boston to North Korea to Syria to Benghazi to the IRS” — referring to last week’s revelations that federal revenue agents singled out tea party groups for special scrutiny.

“Plus, you know, there have been a fair share of f—-ups on our side of the ball,” the person said.

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Political speech is sacrosanct, Scarborough argued. “Liberal and conservative Supreme Courts alike do not allow the government to tread on political speech. There is a wall around that, and the wall has been knocked down by the IRS for several years now.”

“There’s been many overblown claims of tyranny and abuse of power from the government over the last few years,” Geist jumped in, pointing to the “we’re coming for your guns”-type narrative. “This is tyranny. If this is the government, a nonpartisan agency coming after specific groups, this time it’s real.”


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Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?

In 1972, Republican partisans initially accused Democrats of wanting to destroy President Nixon, but most were forced to acknowledge his culpability in Watergate once the facts became known. One of the Articles of Impeachment of Nixon concerned his misuse of the IRS to undermine political enemies.

Journalists should stop protecting President Obama and Hillary Clinton and do their jobs, like Sharyl Attkisson. Congressional Republicans should press for all the facts. That’s their job.

PS: I guess this article got accepted/posted after the AP wiretapping scandal hit. So little time,

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 6:51 AM

you won’t hear about this from the dems on the hill at any hearing…the only like the pinnochios that effect the gop…i hope the gop turns this around on them…if they can talk about it so can the gop

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

The zone is now flooded. The public will be drunk on scandal for a few weeks. Then it will pass. That’s how the admin wants it.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Swilling Caffeine.
Morning, morning crew

bazil9 on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Drink in your scandal like you drink in your Victory Gin, prole.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

The liberals all think this excuse is a winner, a get-out-of-jail-free card. But it’s not. The excuse leaves begging far too many questions all on its own.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Are you suggesting that a bunch of GS-8 IRS employees in Ohio didn’t decide on their own to target groups with Tea Party in their names? That they kept it from their supervisor? That their supervisor’s supervisor didn’t see the pattern where “patriot groups” were targeted but Save the LGBT Whales sailed through on a fast track? That’s got to be a fireable offense!

But of course the White House told us we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

ot: angelina jolie had double mastectomy…wow….

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Are you suggesting that a bunch of GS-8 IRS employees in Ohio didn’t decide on their own to target groups with Tea Party in their names? That they kept it from their supervisor? That their supervisor’s supervisor didn’t see the pattern where “patriot groups” were targeted but Save the LGBT Whales sailed through on a fast track? That’s got to be a fireable offense!

But of course the White House told us we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

You’re darned right I’m suggesting! Maybe a little more than mere suggestion.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:02 AM

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Oh, my. I hope they got it all.

kingsjester on May 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

The zone is now flooded. The public will be drunk on scandal for a few weeks. Then it will pass. That’s how the admin wants it.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

It took nearly two years to bring down Nixon. Patience my friend. The library of scandals and upcoming resignations in shame can hamstring this administration until the next elections. Look for the rat-eared coward to get even more strident as his signature legislation goes down in flames even as he tries to legacy build.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

kinda funny watching msdnc having to report all of this…they really hate doing this

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

ot: angelina jolie had double mastectomy…wow….

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:01 AM

That’s awful! My mom was a cancer survivor.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

kingsjester on May 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

preemptive measure apparently….mom died early due to breast cancer and she carries the same gene…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

I now know why Tea Party patriots are targeted by the IRS and the administration as well as to why they are considered “terrorists” while true Islamofascists are not considered threats. The Democrats perceive tea partiers, the right etc as a threat to their political power. Since political power is their birthright, and the right threatens that, then they are enemy #1. In contrast, Islamic terrorists do not threaten their political power and are not perceived as such a great threat.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:05 AM

kinda funny watching msdnc having to report all of this…they really hate doing this

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

I bet there are a lot of bottles of both aspirin and vodka making the rounds over there. LOL

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

You’re darned right I’m suggesting! Maybe a little more than mere suggestion.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Well, we’ll be able to see how deep this goes when the firings and resignations start. I still maintain that Lois Lerner is going to have a “spend more time with my family” moment before the end of the week unless she’s necessary to provide top cover to highers-up. Hard to see how when we now know that the past and present IRS commissioners were in on that secret targeting cooked up by a few rogue IRS employees.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

jolie linky via daily mail

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM

ap scandal…bush started it!-mika

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:08 AM

kinda funny watching msdnc having to report all of this…they really hate doing this

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Be sure and let us know when Mika just pulls out the bottle of Jim Beam and fills up her coffee mug.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:08 AM

dear leader didn’t know about the ap scandal…c’mon…

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

:)

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:08 AM

you betcha :)

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

We have barely scratched the surface. Of course there’s Benghazi, and also the wiretaps of Associated Press. The Administration has a lot of fires to put out, and I’m convinced Obama is too inept to be allowed to run the damage control effort.

With any luck, Jarrett is also too inadequate to manage the scope of all this.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

kinda funny watching msdnc having to report all of this…they really hate doing this

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

There are some in the media actually reporting this stuff? All I’ve seen so far are a bunch of left-wing propagandists visibly relieved that Angelina Jolie opted to do something they can use to fill time.

Gingotts on May 14, 2013 at 7:12 AM

being cynical, would there be this much outrage by the press if this occurred at the washington times or other conservative papers?

we were lied to, you can’t whine about the gop
-fournier

welcome to the real world ron…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Gingotts on May 14, 2013 at 7:12 AM

morning joe is reporting it…the other msdnc anchors…they’ll go with the WH line of the gop side show and its all bush’s fault…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:15 AM

With any luck, Jarrett is also too inadequate to manage the scope of all this.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Hard to see how things like amnesty grab moves forward when Congressional oversight is going have to take a more prominent role. The IRS thing is scary enough but the DoJ grabbing home and cell phone records of reporters and their sources? Stalinesque.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:15 AM

the mj crew thinks this will all blow over if dear leader would just fire folks…i don’t think so

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM

kinda funny watching msdnc having to report all of this…they really hate doing this

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Not sure if I heard it right, but did Andrea Mitchell defend the thugs on the AP wiretaps–since it didn’t result in any damage? Because the AP agreed not to report what they found out?

Hack-tastic!

Naturally Curly on May 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM

the mj crew thinks this will all blow over if dear leader would just fire folks…i don’t think so

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM

if he fired 3 people, then he could go on vacation in peace./

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM

I have such mixed feelings about Angelina Jolie’s decision. It’s very brave and she of course was a candidate for the procedure if her mother who died was BRCA-1 positive, but now you’re going to have the gov’t demanding BRCA-1 testing as a SCREEN!

1. The first specialty slashed by ObamaCare was Oncology. Massive cuts.
2. Sebelius’ people came out saying the gov’t wasn’t going to cover mammograms under age 50. MASSIVE OUTCRY: so now they recommend every woman 40 or over have mammograms every year when the prior recommendations were every OTHER year, so costs have INCREASED.
3. ObamaCare would probably require strict BRCA-1 testing guidelines if it was covered at all, and now some Congressperson is going to want it covered for everybody after age 18, even if no family history.

We are so screwed. And on Fox News they are saying insurance premiums could rise 400 percent. Oh really.

Marcus on May 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Naturally Curly on May 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM

yup

ron fournier is furious with this administration…
lol

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Fore!

does dear leader attitude towards the press border on contempt
=mj

and he depends upon them to carry his water as they have since 2008

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Marcus on May 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

wow…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

does dear leader attitude towards the press border on contempt
=mj

and he depends upon them to carry his water as they have since 2008

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:25 AM

You all love me……you all voted for me…..
–bho to his press c. 2010

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

the mj crew thinks this will all blow over if dear leader would just fire folks…i don’t think so

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Obama will never do that, because it’s a tacit admission that the Administration didn’t police itself properly. What Obama really needs to stop any further investigation is to find some people willing to take responsibility and resign. That’s about the only way Obama can get past this and save his ego.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Obama refuses to put the IRS in its proper place – he calls it an ‘independent agency’ but it isn’t. The IRS is under the Treasury Dept.

Now if the Tea Party groups reporting the increased forms and illegal questions are right, then this started in 2010 and it came from the one place that had one of the fastest nominees to go in place because of the financial ‘crisis’: Tim Geithner.

Tim Geithner was pro-Obama while in the Federal Reserve and knew the ropes, and was supposed to be wicked smart while being unable to do his own taxes. TurboTax Tim should have had a real good idea how to run the Treasury Dept. and yet within a year and half of his being in charge you get this sort of thing going on.

Thus TurboTax Tim is either:

- absolutely incompetent, doesn’t know any of the ropes in the financial side of DC and has no clue about how to properly run a large organization,

OR

- ran a department where it was not only allowed but encouraged by lack of oversight to start running a partisan investigation of those that the Administration didn’t like politically.

It can’t be both due to the amount of time TTT had in the FR: he did, indeed, ‘know the ropes’ and had progressed up the ladder of leadership high enough for Obama to appoint him. Basically the first option is non-viable as a cover-up fallback line.

That means TTT had put into place individuals who would run a partisan IRS. It takes a good six months to a full year for someone to actually figure out a high level federal job (look at every Administration post-WWII for this, as few get off the ground smoothly with appointees) and then start actually exercising decent oversight (or lack thereof) from their positions. Factor in time to go through the Senate and time to figure out the job and you get nearly a year and a half because the Senate wasn’t being all too swift on appointees.

If one remembers back to articles during the 2008-09 time frame pointed out that TTT was pro-Obama early on while he was at the Federal Reserve, so this raises the question: what, exactly, were the policies of the Federal Reserve and were they being influenced by Geithner towards partisan ends?

Any investigation of the IRS under Geithner must ALSO look at the Federal Reserve and start giving IT scrutiny because any head of the Treasury coming from the Federal Reserve that allows such things to go on under his command may also have had problems at his prior job.

If the IRS has problems, then Treasury has problems.

If the head of the Treasury Dept. had this sort of problem under his command then scrutiny into prior job activities in the financial sector under federal oversight must be performed because of the rapid pace in which the partisanship started.

Thus the Federal Reserve tenure of Tim Geithner going all the way back to his early NY Fed. days must be on the agenda. Not just a standard scandal due to an Administration, but also this actor put in place by them in the Dept. where it originated.

IRS then Treasury.
Treasury then Geithner.
Geithner then Federal Reserve.

Let your Congresscritter know as they might be a bit overwhelmed by the rush of events to figure this one out.

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 7:28 AM

What Obama really needs to stop any further investigation is to find some people willing to take responsibility and resign. That’s about the only way Obama can get past this and save his ego.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Well, except for all the targeted groups getting ready to sue the hell out of the IRS. The billing hours for the lawyers hired by these groups is going to cost the IRS plenty. And I don’t think Lois Lerner’s claim that there wasn’t anything illegal about this is going to hold up when the paperwork showing demands for donor lists and political affiliation of organization officers is introduced into evidence.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:34 AM

You all love me……you all voted for me…..
–bho to his press c. 2010

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

It will be interesting to see how his adoring press feels about the AP scandal. They’re okay with shredding the Constitution when it deals with religious freedom or the right to own firearms. But mess with that freedom of the press bit and they have been known to turn rabid.

And it really is a scary breech of the First Amendment. Think about it. The administration was able to find out just what the AP was working on and who was providing information. Not just about the alleged leaks but also about all the other stories- like Obamacare or amnesty.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:34 AM

This IRS scandal isn’t going away any time soon, and the LSM can’t do anything about it. I can now see some reporters actually going after the truth and making it public, despite how hardcore Obama lovers like Chris Matthews try to stop it.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Slightly OT- Russians arrest a diplomat claiming he is a CIA spy. The administration flexing its supersmart diplomacy?

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

oh yeah…some of them now are furious….highlarious…

own it press, you wanted him you got him…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM

they’ll be a few kool-aid drinkers who will fall on their sword for him…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:43 AM

IRS then Treasury.
Treasury then Geithner.
Geithner then Federal Reserve.

Let your Congresscritter know as they might be a bit overwhelmed by the rush of events to figure this one out.ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Spot on analysis. And TTT and the REB were college bosom buddies.

AH_C on May 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

This IRS scandal isn’t going away any time soon, and the LSM can’t do anything about it. I can now see some reporters actually going after the truth and making it public, despite how hardcore Obama lovers like Chris Matthews try to stop it.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Unlike Benghazi, there really isn’t any defense for what the IRS did to conservative groups. Especially since Lerner and the Commissioners lied to Congress about the targeting.

Matthews can try and run interference but there really isn’t much that the LSM can do beyond trying to create a firewall around the rat-eared coward and portray it as a bunch of self-radicalized lone wolves who acted out of love for the rat-eared coward but kept him in the dark about what was going on. It was a strategy that really worked well for Nixon. ;0

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Let your Congresscritter know as they might be a bit overwhelmed by the rush of events to figure this one out.

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 7:28 AM

My Congresscritter is about as intelligent as a box of rocks. And he’s corrupt beyond belief (guess which party). I’m sure he sees Benghazi as nothing more than a side show, the IRS scandal as rogue lower level employees, and the AP scandal as Bush’s fault.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

they’ll be a few kool-aid drinkers who will fall on their sword for him…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:43 AM

They better do it soon, then, before the scandals become runaway bulldozers. There is a window for such things, where everything can be managed if a few willing sacrifices step up early. But I see no indications of that, no one with a recognizable name is being blamed even indirectly by the Administration.

I expect Obama will do what he always does at such times: Dig in his heels, throw a hissy fit on camera, and double down.

He’s running out of time to contain this, and I doubt his overinflated ego lets him acknowledge that.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 7:28 AM

i’ve got mccain and flake…

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

good point…

legacy baby

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 7:51 AM

From The Daily Mail:

Useful to see just what kind of questions were asked to conservative groups if you haven’t seen this before.

The Internal Revenue Service wrote to the Richmond Tea Party last year demanding to know the names of all its financial donors and volunteers, as part of a 55-question inquisition into its application for tax-exempt status, MailOnline has learned.

The agency wanted to know ‘the names of the donors, contributors, and grantors’ for every year ‘from inception to the present.’
It also demanded ‘the amounts of each of the donations, contributions, and grants and the dates you received them.’
‘How did you use these donations, contributions, and grants?’ the IRS asked. ‘Provide the details.’

And in addition to the names of board members, officers and employees, the nation’s taxing authorities insisted on knowing the names of everyone who helped the Richmond Tea Party without compensation.
‘Please identify your volunteers,’ the January 9, 2012 letter from the IRS read.
The agency also required the Virginia conservative group to provide copies of sections of its website that only its members can access.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Spot on analysis. And TTT and the REB were college bosom buddies.

AH_C on May 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

My thanks!

I try to state only what is the blindingly obvious to me and the early help of TTT with Obama was something the Left cheered about at the time. Go back to late 2008 to early 2009 in the HA archives and you can pull up some of the articles and commentary.

TTT was one of the engineers of the fiscal situation in 2008, along with a couple of his cohorts (Bernanke and Paulson), and they were strong-arming the bailouts through Congress and Bush, and then threatening banks who weren’t taking them when Obama came to office.

Something was and is seriously wrong with the Federal Reserve and its role in the financial crisis and the rise of Obama, then the slathering across all banks the problems of the few (mostly Citibank) is deplorable. It shows partisanship and an attempt to centralize the fiscal power of the US in the Federal Reserve by using it to partisan ends to get people into power to further go after organizations questioning the scope of US power: Tea Party groups.

Going after Tea Party and limited government organizations is not just a help to Obama but to the FR to escape scrutiny in ITS role in the fiscal mess we are in. It isn’t the sole author, but it is a major co-author and beneficiary of the Obama spending as it now has pent-up digital cash with which it can threaten the entire global banking system by destroying the value of the US dollar. To-date that money hasn’t been released and so inflation is low… the moment it gets into circulation your dollar will drop to some small fraction of its buying power and hyper-inflation ensue.

This time bomb must be stopped as well as the threat of financial destruction via the FR.

The IRS is just one part of a larger machine.

Pay attention and remember that fire must also be aimed at Geithner, Treasury and the Federal Reserve to get to the bottom of this. Geithner is a partisan and has been one to his own ends and beliefs before Obama. If you think a partisan federal government is a problem, imagine a partisan financial system that isn’t answerable to government.

ajacksonian on May 14, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It will be interesting to see how his adoring press feels about the AP scandal. They’re okay with shredding the Constitution when it deals with religious freedom or the right to own firearms. But mess with that freedom of the press bit and they have been known to turn rabid.

And it really is a scary breech of the First Amendment. Think about it. The administration was able to find out just what the AP was working on and who was providing information. Not just about the alleged leaks but also about all the other stories- like Obamacare or amnesty.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:38 AM

This morning, Morning Joe included Ron Fournier (National Journal), who gets cited in HA’s Headlines from time to time. He said the AP matter was unbelievable and that it will have not only the AP but other reporters going after every story with increased vigor.

We’ll see, but I think the IRS matter has most of the country ticked off–especially middle-of-the-roaders–while the IRS matter and the AP matter have the press ticked off. Obama is officially in trouble.

And, to echo cmsinaz, it’s hilarious watching Morning Joe squirm through its entire three hours. The show is absolutely consumed with bad news for Obama. In contrast, I peeked at two MSNBC shows last evening, and Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell are like Hitler in the bunker with the Russians shelling Berlin. They’re hellbent on finding any negative spin for conservatives in all these negative-Obama stories.

BuckeyeSam on May 14, 2013 at 8:02 AM

I expect Obama will do what he always does at such times: Dig in his heels, throw a hissy fit on camera, and double down.

He’s running out of time to contain this, and I doubt his overinflated ego lets him acknowledge that.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Yep. A few file clerks over at the IRS will have pink slips and bus tire treads down their backs too, maybe.

Don’t know if his usual handling methods will be enough this time. Maybe.

MSM is trying their best. The cast of the TV program “Scandal” is on GMA right now. Good way to have #Scandal trending on Twitter and in a fashion that drowns out other reasons why such a hashtag would be going.

Gingotts on May 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Slightly OT- Russians arrest a diplomat claiming he is a CIA spy. The administration flexing its supersmart diplomacy?

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Interesting timing… is Lurch still in Russia?

Gingotts on May 14, 2013 at 8:13 AM

you and the Westboro Baptist Church have taught me a lot, actually

DBear on May 14, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Hey f4ggot, can you hear me now?

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

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