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Could The IRS Scandal Bring Down Obama?

May 17, 2013 by  

Could The IRS Scandal Bring Down Obama?
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So the first head has rolled in the scandal that has engulfed the Internal Revenue Service. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama ordered Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller to get the ax.

And you can bet that if the powers that be in Washington could turn back the clock, Douglas Shulman’s head would also be on the chopping block. After all, he was the IRS commissioner last year who flatly denied that his agency had ever targeted Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations.

“There’s absolutely no targeting,” Shulman testified before a congressional committee last March. But of course there was. Last Friday, the IRS admitted as much — although it tried to put all the blame on a bunch of low-level employees at its office in Cincinnati.

After intimidating honest taxpayers for decades, the IRS is finally on the receiving end of some nasty publicity. The President has called its behavior “outrageous.” The FBI is launching an investigation of possible criminal violations. Isn’t it delightful?

The scandal erupted last week when an IRS official admitted for the first time — after high-level officials had denied it for years — that the agency singled out groups that had the words “Tea Party” or “Patriots” in their name for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

And it wasn’t just such obvious right-wing organizations. If your group focused on government spending, debt or taxes, or if it criticized how the country was being run, chances are it would make the list. Heck, even such an innocuous objective as “trying to make America a better place to live” could be enough to get your application flagged.

This isn’t the first time that such allegations have been made. In fact, Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) said it was precisely because he had heard such complaints that he specifically asked the IRS commissioner about them last year. On three separate occasions, Miller assured the Senator that there was no truth to the accusations.

Miller “basically misled me and purposefully did so,” Hatch said earlier this week. “He purposely misled me because he knew better.” And in a classic bit of understatement, the Utah Republican concluded, “That bothers me quite a bit.”

It’s probably no coincidence that the scandal first erupted last Friday afternoon. That is the traditional time for Washington spinmeisters to release bad news, since most folks are thinking more about their plans for the weekend than what the folks in Washington are up to. The worried parties no doubt hope that by the time Monday morning rolls around, any embarrassing disclosures from last Friday will be long forgotten.

That certainly didn’t happen this time. In fact, every passing day brought forth new and even more damaging revelations. By Tuesday, the Boston Herald actually ran the word “Obamagate” in bold, black type on its front page. Another headline read, “Scandals Invoke Comparison To Nixon.”

I’ll bet that last one made some White House staffers cringe. They remember (or surely have been told about) the scandal that erupted four decades earlier, when White House counsel John Dean told a congressional committee that Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” was turned over to the IRS, with instructions to “use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”

As a result, when the House of Representatives drew up articles of impeachment against Nixon in 1974, the second article accused the president of using “income tax audits or other income tax investigations” to intimidate his political opponents.

Could something similar happen again? Veteran political analyst and best-selling author Dick Morris says absolutely:

What’s going to happen is you’re going to get a congressional hearing. They’re going to call some of these people under oath. They’ll call Miller for example, the head of the IRS, they’ll call [Douglas] Shulman, the former head of the IRS, and they’ll ask, did you know about this?

Then the obvious question is who else knew? Who did you tell? I doubt that there’s a lot of people who are willing to commit perjury to save the president, and undoubtedly what they’ll say is, well, I told such and such in the White House. Then they’ll get this person under oath and you just go step by step up the food chain.

At the end of it, it’s an impeachable offense, which is the key thing.

Caught In Two Lies

So far, IRS officials have been caught telling at least two lies in an effort to contain the growing controversy. The first is that it was all done by a small group of low-level employees in the IRS office in Cincinnati who just weren’t supervised closely enough.

Nice try, but no cigar. We now know that some of the inquiries came from IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Oh, and at least some of the requests included demands for the names of donors, contributors and grantors — even though the laws governing such organizations specifically protect the privacy of the people who support them.

Hatch confirmed that the IRS was playing fast and loose with the truth here. “It wasn’t just some lowly staffer in Cincinnati who made a mistake,” he said. “Very senior management at the IRS here in Washington knew what was going on for over a year and didn’t say a word.”

Actually, it isn’t true that the IRS “didn’t say a word.” In fact, the agency issued many words — all of them designed to hide the truth.

The second whopper from the cover-up cohorts is that all of this took place over a few weeks in 2011 and it was promptly stopped when higher-ups learned about it. Wrong again! We now know that the troubling investigations began back in 2010 and continued for more than a year and a half.

At the same time conservative groups were subject to all sorts of scrutiny and delay, many liberal and progressive groups were put on the fast track for approval. If your organization was run by an Obama relative, let’s say, or former White House staffers or operatives from Obama’s 2012 Presidential campaign, the normal approval process could be cut from more than a year to as little as one month.

Yes, indeed, in this bright new era of fairness and transparency, some pigs are sure more equal than others.

And conspiracy buffs have got to love this one: One of the rumors making the rounds in Washington is that some top Administration honchos decided to release the story about the political-audit scandal in an effort to distract public attention from the furor over what happened (and most pointedly, what didn’t happen) in the terrorist assault on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

If that was the goal, the media manipulators sure made a major miscalculation. Most of us may not be terribly concerned about the activities of an obscure jihadist group in a remote country like Libya — even when it causes the death of four Americans, including our ambassador.

But every taxpayer in this country has a visceral fear of getting on the wrong side of the IRS. We’re aware of past efforts to use the IRS as a political enforcement branch of the White House. And we don’t like it a bit.

You can bet that more heads will roll before all the investigations are over. House Speaker John Boehner says that firings won’t be enough: “My question isn’t about who is going to resign. My question is who’s going to jail over this scandal?”

I’m more eager to see how far the fallout spreads. Remember, no amount of sacrificial lambs was enough to keep Nixon safe in the White House.

“Could the IRS scandal bring down Obama? Let’s hope so.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • http://www.politecs.com PoliTecs

    First, you interviewed Dick, the man that doubled down on the worse presidential prediction since Rove and that is the expert to this articles claim!? ROTFLMAO!!!!!

    Second, Obama, as much as I want to see in prison, is going NO WHERE! Why? Because the people like Dick and Bonehead (our speaker) are just plain DC hack IDIOTS! They don’t even have the balls to call for a congressional hearing at this point! Bonehead; “we don’t have the money…” and yet they can all get a Rome style oil painting of themselves! Oh yes, look that one up!

    Last, the system has been taken over from within. Game set match! Only something revolutionary can save us now. And based on watching all the men around me ride their ten speed bikes in tights, shaving their legs like women, acting like Lances, we don’t have any real men left to fight that war!

    • Don miller

      I say get rid of all of them and start new can people not govern themselves my god look at how much money would be saved do people not get born with brains today I personally don’t need someone to tell me how to live what to eat where to go and how to spend my money no wonder America is looked at as a country full of illiterates we have to have all these government officials to tell us how to be civil and responsible adults come on people that to me is just lazy no wonder our government keeps getting bigger we keep showing them we can’t do anything for our selves we show them we can’t protect our selves so they want to take our guns we show them we can’t feed our selves so they give food stamps we show them we can’t shelter our selves so they give housing and on and on and on its our fault not there’s there just doing what we show them we won’t or can’t do

      • Ron r

        Yeah get rid of that big ass government and we can raise our own standing army state to state. Oh snap that won’t work either because we will never see the cheneys ,romneys. Crystal families serving will we ?????

  • Ron r

    In other words Bob. Not no but heck no. Get over it. This is nothing compares to Bush/Cheney and Iraq . They lied,and Americans died.

  • Random Erik

    It’s not going to happen. Nobody on Obama’s team is worried about impeachment. The liberal media are not going let these things interfere with the agenda. It’s all being portrayed like Obama had no idea. Obama himself is trying to paint an image of his being “just another politician” who also could have fallen victim to this. It’s despicable, but it’s also clever. In every scandal that has erupted to date, we are given this supposed rationale that somehow Obama has no culpability – indeed, no responsibility… and the liberal martyrs willing take one for the team. The press will prove to be no exception – not even after the AP scandal. In a matter of days – weeks at most – we will once again be hearing from the media, all about what a great leader their precious leftist tsar Obama is.

    • Ron r

      Was there a law broken and if there was name it!!!!! Otherwise stop snibling .

      • Random Erik

        Perhaps it would help if you could quote any part of my comment in which I asserted a law had been broken. Otherwise, I think it is plain to see who is guilty of “snibling.”

    • Ron r

      You mentioned impeachment,so I ask what about it is impeachable? And yes all of you reich wingers are snibling. The one president who should have been impeached you voted he and Cheney in twice. And how about Cookie Noonan who said Reagan was not responsible for selling arms to Iran, but was in effect duped by bad people in his administration. So yes,when I read that every so called scandal in the Obama whitehouse should be and impeachable offense (implied) I wonder,is it snibling or whining ? You make the call !! The IRS as well as the AP thing is an embarrassment,and he should get out in front of it and get it corrected. Benghazi is a reich wing made issue.

      • Random Erik

        Again, you are merely extrapolating on my remark. I did NOT vote for G.W. Bush at all – although it was tempting the first time just to ensure Al Gore wasn’t elected.

        You sir, are clearly trying to brand me as some sort liberal-defined extremist. My apologies for not adhering to your media inspired prescribed mold or mode, but I am an American who values true principles, rather than commercially inspired political dogmas.

        The reality here is that the Obama Administration, headed by a man who, as a former college professor at Columbia, spoke often of the Constitution as an “obstacle to government fulfilling it’s duties.” – not my words, his – has indeed broken the law, and there is no question about that. The only question being entertained at this time ( if you have been paying paying any attention) is who is ultimately responsible, and will they be held accountable? If it is your intent to pose the question to conservatives in general, “What law has been broken?” Then I offer you the Bill of Rights in it’s entirety as a response. It is, after all, the law which government is obligated to follow – and that fact cannot be denied or argued. Nor can the constant challenges to these laws by the current administration be argued or denied. The laws are, after all, and as have always been understood, very blunt, concise, and simplistically thorough. No provision for “case law” was made. This was no accident.

        As for your rebuttal that I implied impeachment, again you are left exposed. This has been the subject of media fervor for weeks running – it certainly is not anything I created as fiction to support fact – it is merely current buzz that I referenced in my own opinion of the topic at hand. However, I will answer your attempt at subterfuge by responding to the question,”Should Obama be impeached?” Absolutely. The law demands it. The only obstacle is his own party’s support in the Senate. This too is criminal in intent, according to the constitutional law they are obligated to follow.

        For somewhat similar reasons, G.W. Bush should not have survived his first term, but more importantly ( to any two-party dominated mentality subscriber such as yourself), he definitely should have been impeached in his second term, and I would not hesitate to support that argument.

        See, again, the reality is not how people like you wish to portray it. We no longer have a two party system, and most true conservatives realized this years ago. We saw our party infiltrated by neocons – we know this. Unfortunately, the true Democdats can’t see their own party for what it is – a party infiltrated by people with the exact same political agenda – the “progressives.” Both are communists, and both are serving their part in the same agenda – expansion of government creating a total erosion of personal liberty, in total defiance of the laws that granted this government it’s authority in the first place.

        You can’t blame this on one party or another, but the influence from the democratic party over the past 40 years has been very clear: “Abandon the principles of our republic, and treat them as anathema wherever you see them, and we shall reward thee with unearned wealth.”

        Most people would suggest to a person such as yourself, that they re-acquaint themselves with the US Constitution. Instead, I would suggest you read the ten planks of the communist manifesto, and then candidly compare them with the current state of our “republic” today.

        They say Communism died when the Berlin Wall came down… People like myself know the truth: Communism is alive and well in America today.

        One objective look at the Obama Administration proves that beyond question. A second look backwards shows that this is nothing new… and frankly, the Tea Party was a latent response at best.

        You mentioned “conspiracy theorists” as well. Search out conspiracy theories if you will… I personally don’t subscribe, but I gAve noticed that “they” sem to have a better track record than say, my local weather man.

        Food for thought…

      • Ron r

        So you have yet to tell way law he has broken? I do not want to paint you at all. It’s plain that if you are in this site you are right of right or left and like to read the reich complain over junk they gave bush and other conservatives a pass on. As for me I am a former soldier who put his life on the line for this great nation. And who has in the past votes republican though not recently. This president has been accused of being a socialist yet Wall Street is at a record high. He’s killing jobs but the numbers are lower than since he entered office. He spends too much but the deficit shrinking. He has a problem because the IRS went off the reservation on the tea party,just as they did with the NAACP when bush was president. The DOJ went after th AP and that is very serious , but impeachable I don’t think so. But hold on I’ll play your silly game. What part of the bill of rights did or has the president violated, being BWP??

        • Random Erik

          First off, I’m not playing any games at all.. and you obviously don’t pay attention anyway, but I’ll address this briefly, despite the fact I am loathe to do so.

          Specifically, the Obama Administration, through it’s officials, agencies, policies, and legal challenges to individual states’ authority (which they keep losing in the federal appeals courts, I might add), have thus far acted in violation of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments.

          In addition, under Obama’s direction the current administration has violated Article I, Section VIII, Clause XI-XVI through it’s policy and actions concerning Libya; has exercised unconstitutional authority through the EPA, concerning regulations being enforced against the State of Florida which are beyond the EPA’s authority – along with clean air requirements in the state of Oklahoma which also exceed the EPA’s authority; the NLRB has made 3 recess appointments during a period in which Congress was not in recess; The DOJ filed lawsuits to repeal voter registration requirements in the states of South Carolina and Arizona, and also sued to repeal laws passed to help control illegal immigration in those same states, along with Alabama…

          We’ve also watched as the FCC has continued to try to regulate Internet activity under the guise of net neutrality rules, despite having been told in federal appeals court that they have no such authority; as the administration took over control of Chrysler and GM without authorization; created the position of “Director of Progressive Media & Online Response” to promote Obama’s second election. This was a taxpayer funded enterprise which placed it in direct defiance of the Hatch Act.

          Has the fact that the FBI is now intercepting and storing every email, text message, phone call, and fax in America, without any legal authority to do so, escaped your attention too?

          This of course is all overlooking the more recent activities which have finally gotten some attention – gun running operations in Mexico that Obama signed off on the funding for; the IRS “scandal”, or the attack on the compound (it was not an “embassy”) in Libya for which enough information has already come to light to suggest that this too was in fact another gun running operation – something which members on both sides of the aisle seem to be working to cover up.

          You seem to suggest Obama isn’t a socialist because the Dow Jones is soaring, yet you obviously are unaware that this trading represents volume more than it does money. No new wealth is being created – this is all happening as a result of the Fed’s reckless money printing, and the asset bubble they are creating will burst – just like the dot.coms did… just like the housing market did. It’s a lie. If it wasn’t, the bonds market wouldn’t be in the toilet, and gold would have seen a much greater “correction.” The Dow Jones is soaring because the very wealthy investors are grabbing at opportunities built on false beliefs that have been sold to the smaller mainstream investors – the “little guys” who are going to lose. Money isn’t “growing,” it’s simply changing hands – and every day they keep printing more, the less it is worth. The Fed may not be charging much interest – but that can only be used as an indicator of inflation when their rates are high. At times like these the true indicators of inflation are things like the price of a can of chicken noodle soup doubling in less than a week…

          You say I’m playing a silly game… you say that you aren’t trying to paint me – and then you do just that in your very next sentence… Silly game indeed!

          Am I “right of center,” as you put it? Of course. I’m an American – bred, born, and raised here. This was, until recently, a republic. I was educated in a public school system, in a country, that once placed a great deal of value on teaching it’s youth the Constitution, it’s language, and the reasonings behind everything it encompasses. What other way of thinking would such a person, one who truly appreciates the freedom to which it is tied, possibly have?

          You alluded to some personal dissatisfaction with the GOP. Well, you aren’t alone. The reality is that Republicans aren’t republican any more – they’ve shifted to left of center. Not all of them… but there has been enough “infiltration” if you will, to steer the party in that direction, and puts them in a position of being somewhat complicit in the leftist agenda. This has also allowed the leftists to slide even further left. We are living in a political climate in which anyone who is still slightly “right of center” is branded as an “extremist”, and there are no extremists on the left any more. I look at what the neoconservatives did under Clinton and Bush, and I’ve watched these liberal progressives come up through every administration since Reagan, and what I see, in plain sight, is a common agenda with each doing their part. They are the same animal with two different names. But Obama has one big advantage that Bush did not: most of the mainstream media is controlled by the liberals.

  • Don miller

    I would go out on a limb and say they all knew what was going on the trouble with Washington is they wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit them on the nose they are all professional liars they do it all their lives just like cops they are trained to lie and just like anything else the more you do it the better you get by the time they get to the senate or congress they don’t even know the truth anymore about anything

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  • David Guldseth

    I was targeted back to 2008 or 2009. I felt the intimidation and felt like a target and wondered who had put me on the list? They targeted me year after year for 4 or 5 years.

  • Ron r

    No chip it won’t . Just like the Iraq scandal did not bring Bush down. Treasonist talk for a chair borne ranger

  • Kenneth. Brown

    What are they putting in the drinking water in the Republican Congress? Someone please look into it.

    • Random Erik

      The GOP has been operating left of center for so many years now that I hardly think their current behavior, is accidental, incidental, or anything other than complicit.

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