Benghazi, IRS, The AP And Now… the EPA?! One Scandal Follows Another In Exposing Obama’s Culture Of Discrimination

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The scandals involving ideology-based discrimination and politically motivated targeting under the Administration of President Barack Obama are revealing more than a lack of oversight; they’re revealing a pervasive culture of illegal, unethical and immoral discrimination against conservatives and political opposition emanating from the executive branch — an ironic truth that defines the Nation’s first Black President.

After suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for access under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nonprofit, libertarian-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) finally got its hands on public documents that show how the EPA handled public information requests made in 2012 from individuals, nonprofits and other organizations.

In light of what the Nation has learned about the Obama Administration over the past week, CEI’s findings may anger you — but they won’t surprise anyone.

CEI found that conservative groups that wanted public information from the EPA repeatedly were charged access fees that the agency, historically, had waived. (In fact, Federal-level offices don’t charge watchdog and media groups for information that’s intended to be shared for the public’s benefit.) Over the same period, requests from environmental advocacy groups were expedited with fee waivers more than 90 percent of the time.

According to CEI’s report, which appeared Tuesday:

It’s not just the IRS that treats groups on the right differently from the rest. According to documents obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency is in on it too.

Public records produced by EPA in response to a lawsuit filed by CEI under the Freedom of Information Act illustrate a pattern of making it far more difficult for limited-government groups — in particular those who argue for more freedom and less EPA — to access public records.

Such groups are precisely those Congress and courts made clear FOIA was intended to protect from fees being used as a hurdle to obtaining information, without prejudice as to their perspective. Worse, CEI has now obtained proof of the spectacularly disparate nature of the practice, specifically revealing extraordinarily favorable treatment of the same green groups it’s been shown to be collaborating with on its agenda…

What kind of proof? “Green” groups like the Natural resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and EarthJustice had information fees waived in 72 of 82 cases, while CEI fellow Christopher Horner saw the EPA “effectively or expressly denied” 14 of his 15 attempts to obtain the same information free of charge. Horner appealed each denial and won each appeal, without being asked to explain why he was appealing.

“That these denials are ritually overturned on appeal, not after I presented any new evidence or made any new point, but simply restated what was a detailed and heavily sourced legal document to begin with, reaffirms the illegitimacy of these hurdles EPA places in the way of those who cause it problems. EPA’s practice is to take care of its friends and impose ridiculous obstacles to deny problematic parties’ requests for information,” Horner said in the report.

CEI calls the unmistakable favoritism “mind-boggling.”

… The numbers for a sampling of comparable “national” groups are mind-boggling. Of Sierra Club’s 15 requests, EPA granted 11. And Sierra Club received the harshest of treatments. In fact, EPA granted 19 of NRDC’s 20 requests and 17 of EarthJustice’s 19 requests. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility went a perfect 17-for-17. The Waterkeeper Alliance had all three of its requests granted, Greenpeace and the Southern Environmental Law Center each were 2-for-2, the Center for Biological Diversity 4-for-4.

That is, these green pressure groups encountered a cooperative EPA 92 percent of the time, but [CEI’s] requests…were rejected more than 93 percent of the time.

Unlike the discriminatory treatment the IRS gave election-season conservative groups, the EPA’s stonewalling has an extra, and equally sinister, dimension: Not only is the agency’s favoritism discriminatory in its own right; it also skews the debate over environmental issues by artificially depriving one side — the conservative side dismissed by the Obama Administration — of information necessary to a well-informed conversation. One side’s been getting fast and free information; the other side’s had to pay and wait.

These Presidential scandals are getting hard to track, and the EPA story is just beginning to circulate. Who knows how much attention it will command in an already-crowded news cycle that has Obama and his cabinet game-planning strategic, disingenuous responses to the Benghazi, Libya, scandal; the Internal Revenue Service scandal; the Associated Press scandal?

As scandals keep mounting and the President’s ability to truthfully narrate his role publicly wilts, one wonders how soon the day will come when, somewhere deep within the White House, Michelle Obama will turn to her husband and in a beleaguered, defeated voice, whisper: “Let’s move.”

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • steve buckner

    It’s about time Obama gets some come – up – ins. Hopefully he won’t be able to remember every lie to a tee as he told it and will get caught with his pants down !!

  • dan

    It’s not only the corruption of the current administration… but the whole culture of

    entrenched socialist bureau-despots….

    had enough yet?

  • steve

    this is why obama doesn’t need the congress. he will control what he want’s thru other agency’s like the epa and there’s no a damn thing any one can do. enjoy the ride.

  • Albert Maslar

    Obama is the penultimate liar to the father of lies, so there can be little doubt that Shakespeare was right, “Much ado about nothing,” because no matter the evidence, the man is clean as a whistle.

  • rick0857

    Hopefully that day of moving will come very, very rapidly. It would in fact be great if it happened before the end of summer. The sooner this criminal administration is removed and criminally prosecuted the better. May this president rot in a prison cell for at least 20 years as well as all of his cabinet members, and the rest of the liars these people have employed like Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Hilary Clinton et al.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.stumpf.1 Henry Stumpf

    HOLDER and OBAMA are the ENEMY from within. They are inept and RACISTS and no one believes a word they say!!!!!!

  • Michael Shreve

    This is the sort of thing we SHOULD expect for a government grown FAR beyond the ENUMERATED powers granted by the U.S. Constitution. The question IS, do WE have the WILL to do what is CLEARLY necessary?

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    I was surprised, however, at a lot of Demoncrats anger over the IRS scandal. Maybe this had to happen to wake a lot of them up!!!

  • sickatheart

    No matter what Obama does, nothing will happen to bring Obama to justice for his traitorous acts against the USA. I believe that he has sold his sole to Satan, the father of the lie.

    • Guest

      I have to agree with you and this is what I am afraid turns out to be the bottom line for many of his supporters – they simply accept ALL that he does! Even the media who has a vested interest in the AP scandal as that clearly interferes with and violates their freedom of speech and of the press ……………..continues to prop Obama up with articles merely touching upon the scandals while at the same time trying to highlight some of his current accomplishments. I often wondered what it would take for his staunchest supporters to STOP defending all that he does – and I thought that perhaps if information were found out that DIRECTLY adversely affected some of them PERSONALLY – then and only then, would they “snap out of it” and see this picture as it really IS. Well – that is not happening and instead it seems as though his supporters are simply lowering their standards and while they no longer can DENY what he is doing………..now they simply acknowledge all of it but have decided that no matter how radical, corrupt, or against equality of all Americans and the constitution he goes – he must be righteous and justified in doing so!!! God help us…..

      • Wellarmed

        I agree with your comments, but take exception to your use of the word “supporters”. I believe that the correct word usage would be “worshipers”.

        All one need do is watch video footage of Obama at his never ending campaign events, and follow that with footage of Adolf Hitler to understand what the mental state of the audience is.

        The parallels are striking, and undeniable.

  • http://www.rainforestpress.com/ Randy Dutton

    Figure every agency has at least one scandal brewing — we just haven’t revealed all of them. They’re competing for administration favors.

    One scandal I’ve run across that hasn’t been reported is FEMA revision of flood control maps. They dramatically expanded the land affected so as to force landowners to buy flood insurance even if they’re not at risk. That’s because the insurance program pays out more than it takes in. If 1% of your land is in the flood zone, the entire property must have flood insurance. In my area there was so little oversight, that my land, which is a river bluff top was included as flood zone. When I pointed out that they had missed the property line that separated my land from the neighbors, they said “never mind but that your property will remain on the list unless you want to spend the money to provide the documentation to get it off.”

  • http://www.rainforestpress.com/ Randy Dutton

    Several years ago (during the Bush years) I reported corruption within the Department of Labor. The OSHA Director of Enforcement had co-opted his own Laboratory Division and ruled OSHA’s own ‘hazardous chemicals’ ruling invalid because a chemical company had used its political influence to overturn the findings. The Area Director also had provided ‘official complainant information to the same chemical company, which then sued to remove information from my website. Long story short, OSHA was in bed with the chemical company and blocked accurate chemical information…and my very liberal senator, Patty Murray, ranking member on the DOL Oversight Committee REFUSED to investigate.

    • Wellarmed

      Corruption existed in all Administrations since the founding of this country, but the main difference I see that differentiated corruption in its early years and now is the sheer size of government now coupled with the ever advancing use of technology.

      If your statements are true then I would be shocked if you were not the one ultimately being investigated. We see first hand how whistle blowers are treated by both parties of our government, yet they are vital to the preservation of liberty when all else fails (corruption deeply imbedded).

      Many rules that OSHA has made were written in the blood of those who paid the ultimate price for being the first to allow all the variables to fall into place. If your statements wring true then their coverup could unnecessarily lead to the deaths of those the rules were meant to protect. Makes one wonder if those who facilitated the cover up should face charges of manslaughter when the first person dies as a result?

      Based on the fact that 11 men died as a result of the BP oil well explosion, and no one in upper management was held accountable, would lend me to believe that all the rules in the world would not save anyone if the inspectors/regulators are in bed with the industries they are meant to over see.

  • Guest

    The IRS, the EPA…two of many alphabet government agencies that need to be de-funded, and dismantled permanently.