Skip to comments.President Asterisk: Why the Obama IRS scandal may be worse than "a cancer on the presidency."
Posted on 05/17/2013 3:48:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes. His record is undefeated, save for an ill-advised 2000 primary challenge to an entrenched incumbent congressman. His 2008 presidential victory, after a fraction of a term in the U.S. Senate, was especially dazzling. It disproved those who said that Hillary Clinton was invincible, that a left-wing Democrat couldn't win, and that America wasn't ready for a black president.
No one can deny that Lance Armstrong and Mark McGwire were highly skilled athletes. But their accomplishments are forever tainted by their use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. The use of the Internal Revenue Service's coercive power to suppress dissent against Obama is the political equivalent of steroids. The history books should record Obama's re-election with an asterisk to indicate that it was achieved with the help of illicit means.
The Weekly Standard notes that the NBC's Lisa Myers "reported this morning that the IRS deliberately chose not to reveal that it had wrongly targeted conservative groups until after the 2012 presidential election":
The IRS commissioner "has known for at least a year that this was going on," said Myers, "and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What's going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when--after these officials are briefed by the [inspector general] that this is going on, they don't disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this.....
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No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician.
That means theft, deception, and out and out lies!
Skill No. Inept Press, Peers, and Voters. Yes!
Benghazi is like unto (the original) 9/11 ... The IRS scandal is like unto Watergate .. (etc.)
How about Benghazi IS derelection of duty and murder ... The IRS scandal IS illegal and unConstitutional.
No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes.
Just how highly skilled do you have to be to benefit from:
the press giving you a pass
the republican party self-destructing
the scandals that are right there in front of everyone's noses going unaddressed
the media playing house with him, and not reporting anything negative
nobody addressing election fraud or actually taking it seriously
nobody taking his history seriously
nobody listening (if it's anti-Obama, it has to be propaganda, dismiss it)
anything they can't dismiss, is attributed to racism
the opposition candidate actually endorses you...
I'm convinced we could go on for hours...
Like Hitler and Stalin were highly skilled politicians.
They have to remind folks that the Republican are every bit as bad as Democrats, despite the fact the Republicans have never gotten away with the kinds of things Obama and his crew have.
Good Points, FRiend.
I seem to remember Valerie Jarrett stating that the libtards had “two judges ready to go”.
Well, no retirement signs yet. Perhaps even the liberal judges are starting to think this guy is too crooked to be given another appointment opportunity.
Whatever happens, impeachment or not. Obama is finished. He is a LAME DUCK. In fact, he’s a duck with both legs broken.
>>Like Hitler and Stalin were highly skilled politicians.<<
But Hugo Chavez gave obozo the playbook.
The best response that any Republican could give is......okay so according to Democrats these are the new rules and it is all A-OK. Well remember that when there is a Republican president again. There may even be some rules that are okay for the Republican House to break now.
Then listen to them howl.
Democrats are falling back on the "Idiot Defense".
They deny republican accusations that they are liars, evil and corrupt.
"We are not evil and corrupt liars - we are just incompetent idiots."
How about Benghazi IS derelection of duty and murder ... The IRS scandal IS illegal and unConstitutional.
And these same union thugs are scheduled to run the entire healthcare system in the United States. Are we to believe the fool republicants couldn't see this train wreck, this salughter of sovereignty coming?
Please, explain for me, somone, how it is that the republicants couldn't know a union was going to be the master of all health files of every American?
This is not leadership nor even opposition to the thuggery. This would be proisecuted as complicity in criminal behavior if it were dropped into a court case! And now, even with all the criminality of democrip union thugs running the IRS from top to bottom, these same republicants cannot muster enough courage to sending a few of these thugs to prison because the media might call them bullies?
*holding my nose* Whew, I think we have an answer for the founder who told that woman they had given US a Republic, if we could keep it. The treachery of blackmailable elected republicant slugs encourages the criminality of the democrips.
A supremely apt comparison.
His method is to pass draconian laws, rules and regulations then curry favor by exempting select elements. Simply put Extortion.
You nailed it!
I’m so sick of the idea this guy is smart or gifted.
He’s a moron that has been gifted his present position.
He had the right color skin, and hated the nation enough to get the Democrat endorsement.
The main difference is the first time around it was a cute phrase coined by the left (walter chronkite?) to describe Nixon and make his actions seem beyond the pale. This time around, it’s true. The presidency now resembles the lungs of a two pack per day smoking chimney sweep working at a radiation lab.
I get your point, and it’s true. It wasn’t Wally though. Nixon brought it all on himself by at one point saying, “I am not a crook.”
LOL, what a true giver the guy was. LOL
The history books should record Obama's re-election with an asterisk to indicate that it was achieved with the help of illicit means. . . . the left's hateful and slanderous campaign against its political foes, especially the Tea Party--the demagoguery of Obama, his fellow Democrats and their supporters in the media, led by the New York Times editorial page--was sufficient to prompt the IRS agents to cast aside their professional obligations and embark on a campaign of political abuse whose effect was to ease Obama's re-election.
This is emerging IMO as nothing less than a coup d'état attempt. Especially if Obama Administration personnel are involved.
This is extremely serious and treason with the maximum penalty upon conviction is called for. IMO.
Could this election interference ("election-year struggle" that we all now know about!) and all that it encompasses explain why so many were wrong about the outcome of the election?
Could this be the crisis Abe talked about that now has been reached between statist America and free America? The statists with massive abuse of trust stole the election.
. . . You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
Obama’s IRS delayed approval of conservative groups until AFTER the 2012 election. So the IRS rigged the election for Obama. all these tea party groups if allowed to participate also would have gotten more conservative Republicans elected to the House and Senate. So Obama’s IRS rigged the election stole the presidency, stole the Senate for democrats/socialists and made the House more liberal. This is illegal and unconstitutional. email this to congressmen so they are aware of that the IRS and Obama’s plan was to steal the election by shutting down the tea party.
He is a totus, that’s it! The empty chair metaphor fits as well as his empty suit!
Being a DJ song comes to mind “Smiling Faces”
And maybe one more “ Back Stabbers”
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Benghazi is the scandal they wish to bury.
If this was the work of someone in the White House or another Presidential appointee, we can fix that by firings or even impeachment.
It may be an even scarier proposition, however, if people within the IRS dreamed this up and just thought that harassing and suppressing conservative groups was the right thing to do. The latter would indicate corruption deeply embedded in the federal bureaucracy, an even harder problem to fix. Given the performance before Congress by that asshat former Acting Director, we may have a problem deeply embedded in the IRS, the second most powerful agency in the government.
>No one can deny that Barack Obama is a highly skilled politician, at least by the measure of election outcomes.<
The only reason that 0 is “skilled” is that he has the sycophantic support of the MSM and a spineless GOP as the opposition.
Without them he would not have been able to make it to first base.
Where are the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the picture?
Have they been photoshopped out?
“Democrats are falling back on the “Idiot Defense”.
The problem is, that with most of the people they put up there, this seems plausible. The real brains of the operation are invisible and nowhere to be seen.
Sorry, that’s a good attempt to defend Obama, but the IRS couldn’t get away with this without approval from above.
IRS employees did not spontaneously think this up themselves. That would be insane. I will bet that a lot of them are sweating bullets right now thinking about jail terms, because what they have done is so blatantly illegal that they would never have dared to do it on their own.
The ethos would have encouraged them and made them trust orders from above, no matter how illegal, since it appears that 100% of the employees at the Cincinatti office donated either to Obama or to Sherrod Brown.
But the orders came from elsewhere.
A breach of public trust of this scale is *irreparable*. If the tax code is not completely overhauled and the IRS eliminated (yes, I know how radical that notion is), citizens’ trust in government will be near ZERO. And in a political system such as ours, when public trust is completely broken, all bets are off.
And *forget* about any IRS health-care enforcement! If that goes forward, I truly fear civil unrest. This institutionalized persecution of crimethink opens the door to Dystopia. Our Overlords dare not open that door....
Never let facts get in the way of a good rant. Not one republican in either the House of Representatives nor the Senate voted for the health care law. No member of the Congress nor the Congress as a whole has any authority to send anyone to prison. Properly directed anger can be a useful tool, but when it is so off base it can do nothing but demoralize those persons working against great odds to bring the gross misconduct of this administration to light.
MEN like Trey Gowdy are working, and a WOMAN like Bachman is working, but they are a small minority of the republicants, the others show how they are willing to sell their souls.
BTW, boot licker, can you name just one republicant who made the case that unions should not be the arm of fedzilla running the entire healthcare system? Just one for the record.
In reply to both post 41 and 42....
The House of Representatives just this week voted to repeal the entire health care bill. In normal order, this bill will be referred to the Senate for consideration. In all probability, it will suffer the same fate as the multiple other repeal bill passed by the republican led house during the past couple of years. Again, all republicans voted against the health care bill and the involvement of the IRS was one of the stated reasons.
By the way, name calling is a poor excuse for debate but if it enhances your self image, have at it.
I like calling him President Asterisk. We should thank the man who came up with it. Let him go down in history for creating it.
I deny he is a highly skilled politician.
If it weren’t for blanket protection by corrupt press and liberal organizations, the man would look like a crooked buffoon.
Howdy Doody would look like a “skilled politician” if he had the press protection Obozo has.
Also, even most of the Dems don’t like his aloof behavior & superior condescending attitude to them. They just hate Pubbies and have no ethical restraints about what they do to stay in power.
Is it a skilled politician that can’t speak for 5 minutes without teleprompters? What is so difficult about speaking from outlines on 3x5 cards? Done well all the time by people far less “brilliant” than The One. Anyone remember the campaign speech at a HS gym where *he* said he would have to discontinue his speech because a power failure shut down his teleprompter? That’s an example of a brilliant and skilled politician? Bull.
well played insult! LOL
That same house has voted to fund ObamaCare several times, and have fended off ever attempt to defund it.
XBONE is no friend of the Tea Party Patriots.
Never let an opportunity go to waste. Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. Push for a flat tax!
The point is a politicized bureaucracy is an even bigger problem than a corrupt administration. Administrations can be exposed and forced to fire people or be voted out. But if the rot extends to the bureaucrats, they have civil service protection and a much bigger fix is required. I hope all we have here is a corrupt administration.