May 17, 2013
Must-Read Jerusalem Post Article: Obama and the 'official truth'
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Obama administration targets those who oppose, criticize, expose the failure of the president's policies. This is the proven, simple, straight-forward truth that can no longer be denied ... and the Jerusalem Post helps make this clear.
Here's a few excerpts to pique your interest:
[...] It has hidden the jihadist motive of terrorists and information relating to known jihadists from relevant governmental bodies. The Benghazi cover-up is the most blatant example of this policy of obfuscating and denying the truth. But it is far from a unique occurrence.Take the time to read the whole thing
For instance, the administration has stubbornly denied that Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan's massacre of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood in Texas was a jihadist attack. And in the months preceding the Tsarnaev brother's bombing of the Boston Marathon, and in its immediate aftermath, the FBI did not share its long-held information about the older brother's jihadist activities with local law enforcement agencies.
To advance its "official truth," the administration leaked information to the media about top secret operations that advanced its official narrative. For instance, top administration officials leaked the story of the Stuxnet computer virus that compromised Iranian computers used by Iran's nuclear weapons program. These stories compromised ongoing US and Israeli intelligence operations. But they advanced the administration's foreign policy narrative.
Conversely, as the AP scandal shows, the administration went on fishing expeditions to root out those who leaked stories that harmed the administration's narrative that al-Qaida is a spent force. In May 2012, AP reported that the CIA had scuttled an al-Qaida plot in Yemen to bomb a US airliner. The story damaged the credibility of Obama's claim that al-Qaida was defeated, and challenged the wisdom of Obama's support for the al-Qaida-aligned antiregime protesters in Yemen that ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in November 2011.
Finally, the administration has promoted its policy by demonizing as extremists and bigoted every significant voice that called that policy into question.
[...] In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, Obama and his supportive media characterized the grassroots Tea Party movement for limited government as racist, selfish, extremist and uncaring.
And now we have learned that beginning in March 2010, the Internal Revenue Service instituted what can only be considered a systemic policy of discriminating against nonprofit groups dedicated to fighting Obama's domestic agenda. The IRS demanded information about the groups'ndonors, worldviews, reading materials and social networking accounts, and personal information about its membership and leaders that it had no right to receive. And according to USA Today, it held up approval of nonprofit status for 27 months for all groups related to the Tea Party movement. Some 500 organizations were victimized by this abuse of power.
We also learned this week that the IRS leaked information about donors to at least one nonprofit group that opposes homosexual marriage to a group that supports homosexual marriage. The latter group was led by one of Obama's reelection campaign's co-chairman. We learned that the IRS audited a university professor who wrote newspaper articles critical of fake Catholic groups that supported Obama's pro-abortion policies.
All of this aligns seamlessly with the Obama administration's demonization of conservative donors like the Koch brothers, and other stories of persecution of conservative donors that have come out over the past several years.
Last July, The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel reported that after the Obama campaign besmirched as "less-thank reputable"neight businessmen who supported political action committees associated with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, one of the donors, Frank VanderSloot, found himself subjected to an IRS audit and a Labor Department investigation.
Finally there is the administration's discriminatory treatment of pro-Israel organizations.
A day after Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS department overseeing nonprofit groups, admitted the IRS had been discriminating against groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement, we were reminded of the appalling treatment that Z Street, a new pro-Israel organization that opposes Obama's policy toward Israel, received at the hands of the IRS ...
As the article notes in its closing paragraph, one can only hope that Obama's thuggish creation and corrupt defense of his "official truth" will anger, disgust -- and frighten -- all Americans ... (enough that they make sure their representatives in the Congress block his agenda, policies, and executive actions until such time that he is either impeached or his term expires!)
Caught! 'The IRS lied about existence of Tea Party documents to avoid FOIA request'
It's fast becoming a gigantic hole that the IRS has dug for itself ... and it's one that is becoming way too deep for them to dig out of. Things were bad enough already, but now it has been proven that the IRS lied to avoiding filling a FOIA request of documents pertaining to the Tea Party.
The Washington Free Beacon reports: Cover Up - IRS accused of hiding existence of Tea Party targeting documents:
The Internal Revenue Service denied the existence of any documents related to its policy of targeting Tea Party organizations in response to a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request, even though such documents were later discovered by the IRS inspector general.Read the whole thing here.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a conservative nonprofit group, filed a FOIA request in 2010 through investigative journalist Lynn K. Walsh seeking all IRS documents related to the agencies tax-exempt division specifically mentioning the Tea Party.
IRS headquarters responded in 2011 that it "found no documents specifically responsive to your request."
However, the May 14 inspector general report found that the "first Sensitive Case Report [identifying Tea Party groups] was prepared by the Technical Unit" in April of 2010.
The report's timeline chronicles the existence of numerous 2010 emails, memoranda, and policies related to the targeting of conservative organizations.
According to the IG timeline, an email was sent on July 27, 2010 "updating the description of applications involving potential political campaign intervention and providing a coordinator contact for the cases."
"The description was changed to read, 'These cases involve various local organizations in the Tea Party movement [that] are applying for exemption under 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4).'"
The IRS determinations unit developed a "be on the lookout" listing on Aug. 12, 2010, "in order to replace the existing practice of sending separate e-mails to all Determinations Unit employees as to cases to watch for, potentially abusive cases, cases requiring processing by the team of specialists, and emerging issues."
The language of the listing was identical to the July 27, 2010 email.
"Either IRS Headquarters was entirely incompetent in maintaining awareness of prominent policies and documents within the IRS, or it deliberately covered up the existence of anti-conservative IRS policies. Either is terrifying," Maurice Thompson, Executive Director of the 1851 Center, said in a statement. "Legal action is necessary to ensure that the IRS does not lie to taxpayers in this manner in the future."
[...] The revelation, which confirmed nearly a year of suspicions among conservative groups and lawmakers, has been roundly denounced as a breach of core constitutional values.
US Rep Kevin Brady ( TX-R) asks, "Is this still America"?: IRS Official Steven Miller Responds With "I Don't Think Targeting Is Wrong"
Amazingly, Commissioner Miller of the IRS actually responded to Rep Brady's question with, "I do not believe targeting against Americans is wrong." Incredible, true, but nonetheless he actually said these exact words. This is the same organization that is to going to police Obamacare ... and they think its ok to target Americans. The Obama administrator does not believe in targeting Muslims for terrorism, but his IRS official believes it is perfectly OK to target Conservatives:
he Daily Mail reports:
The IRS under the Obama administration painted targets on the backs of conservatives beginning in 2010, and ousted acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller apologized to the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday. But members on both sides of the aisle were furious, and castigated him for the mismanagement and political gamesmanship the IRS engaged in on his watch.They have the balls to say this when ONLY CONSERVATIVES WERE TARGETED!
Texas Republican congressman Kevin Brady had the harshest criticism for Miller.
'Is this still America?' he asked him.
'Is this government so drunk on power that it would turn its full force, its full might, to harass, and intimidate, and threaten an average American who only wants her voice, their voices heard?"
'The American public deserves better,' Miller agreed. But both he and J. Russell George, the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration, insisted that no IRS employees engaged in political witch-hunting.
They, including their ultimate boss Barack Obama, must think the American people and their Congressmen are dumber than a box of rocks!
DHS Guidelines Advise Deferemce To Pro-Shariah Islamic Supremacists
Welcome to America under our Islamist-Muslim Brotherhood-endorsing and supporting president that places Islamic criticism of the American system of government over traditional American values and traditions.
Charles Johnson reports at The Daily Caller:
The Department of Homeland Security, which under Secretary Janet Napolitano has shown a keen interest in monitoring and warning about outspoken conservatives, takes a very different approach in monitoring political Islamists, according to a 2011 memo on protecting the free speech rights of pro-Shariah Muslim supremacists.Continue reading the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping rest of the report - here ... and be prepared to be mad as hell at the anti-American, Muslim-loving, bastard and his administration that the poorly informed. naive American people just put back in office for another four years.
In a checklist obtained by The Daily Caller entitled "Countering Violent Extremism Dos and Don'ts" the DHS's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties notifies local and national law enforcement officials that it is Obama administration policy to consider specifically Islamic criticism of the American system of government legitimate.
This policy stands in stark contrast to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis' 2009 memo "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" [pdf], which warned of the dangers posed by pro-life advocates, critics of same-sex marriage and groups concerned with abiding by the U.S. Constitution, among others. ...
The whole "conspiracy theory" of the Obama administration being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, purging government documents critical of Islam, and seeking to criminalize the criticism of Islam is just that - a conspiracy theory - isn't it?
Sadly, it isn't.
If you simply pull back the curtain and look at what Obama has been doing in plain sight - inviting groups convicted of terrorism into the White House, having Muslim Brotherhood members within the State Department, purging training materials of anything critical of Islam - you would find that this whole "conspiracy theory" goes by another term: the truth.
How America got to this point and whether we can return to that Shining City on a Hill instead of on our way to the trash heap of history remains to be seen.
Read the entire article on 'Obama Moving To Criminalize Criticism Of Islam' - here.
Obamacare Tax Dollars Pouring Into Radical Leftist Organizations Like ACORN, MoveOn, LaRaza ...
Your Obamacare tax money is being poured into radical leftist community organizations so they can enroll the uninsured in Obamacare. The obvious end-result is that they will enroll people into the Democratic Party as well. And the Senate immigration bill does the same thing. It pays such leftist community organizations to educate immigrants on their path to citizenship and to the Democratic Party.
Sara Noble writes at The Independent Sentinel:
[...] Sebelius did an end-run around Congress last week and solicited funds from organizations like Enroll America to help publicize Obamacare. Enroll America management is purely political. President Anne Filipic is a White House insider who networks with community organizers. She was a DNC official before she worked on Obama's 2008 campaign in Iowa.Continue reading the whole thing.
She manages messaging for the very community organizations who are taking our money ... ACORN (exposed as corrupt but still functioning), LaRaza (the radical open borders group) and MoveOn (a radical socialist organization) are some of them. Filipic also manages the messaging for 39 Democratic members of Congress.
Obamacare requires these far-left community organization be hired as "navigators" to enroll the uninsured. Union members are also being hired as navigators and we know where they stand. (Investors Business Daily has more on this at "Sebelius Spends Your Taxes On Community Organizations")
The corruption doesn't stop there. Community Organizations like ACORN are also involved in taking our money to set up Obamacare CO-OPs. ...
Saul Alinsky would be proud of Obama's subversive, tyranical, tactics!
Awesome Must-Watch Video: Rep. Mike Kelly Receives Standing Ovation at Ways & Means Hearing on IRS Scandal
Maybe most awesome ever. GOP Rep. Mike Kelly was a huge hit at Friday's House hearing on IRS harassment of conservative groups as he skewered acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller. It was so awesome that he actually got a standing ovation:
What Mike Kelly just said ... absolutely needed to be said - and more!
Related video: IRS Deliberately Chose Not to Fess Up to Scandal Before Election.
What's so amazing about the above video is that it came from the ultra-liberal, far-left MSNBC!
Paul Ryan Nails IRS Commissioner During Hearing: He Admits Progressive Groups Were Not Targeted By IRS (Video)
Rep. Paul Ryan blasted acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller today during testimony at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Ryan pointed out the commissioner's previous inaccurate statements to the committee.
Ryan also got Miller to admit that liberal groups with progressive names were not targeted by the IRS.
Megyn Kelly Explodes At Liberal Guest Over Benghazi Talking Points: 'Come On! Can We Have Some Honesty?'
Fox News' Megyn Kelly got into a contentious back and forth argument with Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg Thursday afternoon over questions involving whether Obama administration officials deliberately misled the press and the American public on the Benghazi attack talking points. By the end of the segment, Kelly was uncharacteristically screaming at her guest to stop lying. "Come on, Simon!" she shouted. "Can we get some honesty?"
BREAKING: Federal Judge Upholds AZ Gov. Brewer's Order Denying Licenses to Illegal Aliens
Via Stand With Arizona:
A Federal judge on Thursday refused to halt Gov. Jan Brewer's order that denies driver's licenses for illegal aliens in Arizona who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under Barack Obama's "DACA" nvirtual amnesty.
The decision by U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejects the argument by immigrant rights advocates who said Brewer's policy was unconstitutional because it's trumped by federal law -- an enormous victory for Arizona and defeat for Obama, which should immediately rally other states to deny licenses as well.
May 16, 2013
Krauthammer Decimates Obama: 'President Obama Has Been Parsing Words In a Way That Makes Clinton Look Unsophisticated' (Video)
Via Scared Monkeys:
Obama, it all depends on what is, is ... or iRs, is.
Tonight on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer shredded Barack Obama with a thoughtful, professional and intellectual analysis of President Obama's parsing of words that makes former President Bill Clinton look unsophisticated. Krauthammer is 100% correct, the words that Obama used during his feigned outrage with the IRS scandal made anyone who was actually paying attention and listening take notice. Krauthammer said Obama was acting more "Clintonian" than "Nixonian". Obama did not say that he did not know about the IRS actions, he said he didn't know about the IG report. However, the most damning critique may have been when Krauthammer stated, "if his own counsel learns about this 3 weeks before, how can the counsel ... his counsel hears about this and doesn't tell the president for three weeks about what is obviously a massive scandal?"
"He says I didn't know about the IG report. Well if he didn't know about any of this, never heard any complaints, then he would have said I don't know anything about this at all. The IG is a peculiar answer by a guy who I have now seen for weeks now, he and his spokesman have been parsing words in a way that make Clinton look unsophisticated."
Barack Obama is simply being Barack Obama ... he distorts, contorts, misdirects, misleads ... and is utterly incapable of being truthful because the truth would lead to impeachment. And yes, Krauthammer is right ... Obama speaks more 'Clintonian' than 'Nixonian' ... but he makes Nixon look like a perfectly transparent and honest president.
No, I Didn't Make This Sh*t Up: 'IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office'
If this sh*t sounds insane, it's because it is.
ABC News reports that the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation:
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS' Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.Only Obama would have the balls to come up with something as obviously insanely stupid and oblivious to appearance of being coruptable as this.
Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit. ...
Obama's Witness Protection Program lost two or more 'known or suspected terrorists
A case of incompetence ... or was it intentional?
Either way, the number of terrorists lost or unaccounted for "may not be complete and may continue to evolve."
Marco Rubio: Obama needs to be honest about the culture of intimidation his administration has created (Video)
Marco Rubio cuts right to the chase with facts, and the truth.
Obama IRS Refused Tax Exempt Status To Christians and Pro-Israel Groups But Ganted Nonprofit status to Muslim Organizations
Alarming, yes ... surprising, absolutely not.
While denying tax exempt status to Christians, pro-life groups, and pro-Israel groups, our Muslim-appeasing president's IRS granted Muslim organizations tax exempt status almost immediately (every single application of a Muslim nonprofit has flown through the IRS, with minimal scrutiny.)!
After all, we're talking about Barack Obama's IRS ... and his affection for Islam is well known.
Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood's New Ad Campaign: Kill Your Baby And Your Baby Will Thank You
Life News has uncovered a very 'sick' new ad campaign by Planned Parenthood that flies in the face of logic and exposes Planned Parenthood's immorality and complete lack of concern or respect for life.
This ad gives new meaning to the words "insanity," "irrationality," and "inhumanity." Keep in mind that scientific evidence reveals that unborn babies do, indeed, feel pain! ... and in fact, unborn babies at 20 weeks development actually feel pain more intensely than adults. From six weeks the baby has sensation around its face and mouth.
For the record, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011. That works out to an average of one abortion (unborn child killed) every 94 seconds.
As Kristi Burton Brown notes at Life News:
Planned Parenthood recently coined its "Care. No matter what." slogan, around the same time the abortion giant decided that claiming to be "pro-choice" wasn't the best way to win people to their side. Now, it's insane to claim to "care" when your work is actually killing. (Insanity is defined as "extreme irrationality.") But to claim that the ones you kill will "thank you"? I honestly can't imagine more insane or irrational logic.Truer words were never spoken!
It seems as though Planned Parenthood enjoys facing the truth and running in the complete opposite direction, spinning a calculated lie, and claiming all the while that the opposite of the truth is actually true - for the supposed benefit of women everywhere.
The thought process must go something like this:
Truth: Babies suffer during abortions./Babies are ripped apart during abortions./Babies are deprived of life during abortions.
Planned Parenthood: Babies enjoy suffering./Babies enjoy getting ripped apart./Babies enjoy being deprived of life. (Just like we all would, right?!)
Truth: Women want to think their babies are happy and not suffering.
Planned Parenthood: Even though we are in the business of ensuring that thousands of babies are never born, let's run an ad showing a happy, healthy, smiling baby (something we don't create, but who cares?!) being held by her mother. And let's add in the slogan, "Your baby will thank you." That way, women will think of a happy, smiling baby as they are lying on the table, going through an abortion (and their babies are being sucked apart or torn into pieces), and these women will think about how thankful their baby is.
Honestly, I don't have a clue what could possibly have been running through the mind of whatever insane person created this ad. But maybe it was something like that.
There should seriously be a prize for anyone who can come up with any sort of legitimate benefit that Planned Parenthood gives babies. How does Planned Parenthood help babies thank their moms? For what?
Jon Stewart Continues Piling on Scandal-Plagued Obama: He's Either Nixon or Mr. Magoo (Videos)
Via Fox News ... Josh Feldman, Mediaite.com
For the third night in a row, Jon Stewart was unrelenting in going after the Obama administration for the multiple scandals it's been caught up in. Stewart admitted that after piling on Fox News for so long for overreacting to every little thing Obama does, they finally have something to be justifiably angry about, and could not begrudge them their moment of outrage. Stewart even agreed that President Obama could have acted like Richard Nixon, but if he wasn't directly involved, it's still bad because that makes him Mr. Magoo.
Stewart recapped the "shitstorm that is rocking the Obama administration" with Jay Carney getting pummeled by the press "for our entertainment purposes." Stewart admitted that this is a good week for conservatives, and comically forced himself to come out with the words that conservatives are right to be outraged.
Steven Hayes on what's in the Benghazi email release from the White House (Video)
No earth shattering revelations, however Hayes does say that the emails show that Hillary lied at her hearings in January and that the emails support the claim that the state dept. had much to do with the talking points being changed, which is contrary to what the White House has been saying. Hayes goes on to say that these emails also put Jay Carney in a bad light as well considering he argued the changes were "only slight and stylistic" ... which they were indeed not!
(Hayes remarks begin at about 3:15 in the clip).
Suggested read: John Hinderaker points out at Powerline in his detailed, informative, piece titled "THE BENGHAZI EMAILS: WHAT DO THEY SHOW?":
H/t - The Right Scoop
Sen. Rand Paul: 'Paul: Clinton's Fingerprints All Over Benghazi Talking Points'
Paul makes a pretty good case for Hillary having been lying her *ss off all along and has been deeply involved in the Benghazi catastrophe and cover-up from the very beginning.
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said Thursday that the release of White House emails showing State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland's attempts to shield the agency from Congressional inquiry over failure to heed warnings about embassy security made it clear that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "fingerprints are all over these talking points."Much more here.
"I think one thing that's sort of fascinating is we've had several statements from Hillary Clinton saying she wasn't involved," he said on Fox News. "Now it turns out her spokesman was involved. Ms. Nuland was writing statements saying 'You know what? Politically, this isn't going to look good.' So it sounds like Hillary Clinton's fingerprints are all over these talking points and you know, really her resignation was the beginning but she never really fully accepted culpability."Â
The emails showed references to al-Qaeda, Ansar al Sharia and Islamic jihadists were scrubbed in the final edits the week after the attack, save for one reference to "extremists," and revealed heavy involvement from the State Department. Then-CIA Director David Petraeus objected to the final version of the talking points at the time, writing he would "just as soon not use them."
Politico reported Nuland sought to omit mentions indicating prior violence in Benghazi to protect her agency: ...
Paul's points make a lot of sense. Their motivation had to be purely political not to call this terrorism. The fact that the State Department was intimately involved in this and they were taking out factual information because they were worried about the political ramifications of that, leaves little doubt as to their true motivation. They failed to provide the needed security for political reasons, then they lied and covered up what really happened for political reasons ... some people need to go to jail!
As John Hinderaker points out at Powerline in his detailed, informative, piece titled "THE BENGHAZI EMAILS: WHAT DO THEY SHOW?":
So the final question is: where was Hillary Clinton in this process? Based on her conversation with Greg Hicks, she knew that the assault was planned, and that it was carried out by terrorists armed with RPGs and mortars. She knew that there was no demonstration over a video, or anything else. And yet she allowed her colleague Susan Rice to spin a web of lies to mislead the American people. Is Hillary Clinton an absent, inept manager who has little to do with what happens in the department she ostensibly runs? Or is Benghazi just one more example of an administration that cares nothing about policy, and everything about politics-an administration that is endlessly willing to subvert the truth for political ends? My own judgment is: certainly the latter, perhaps the former.I suggest ... both!
Jobless claims jump (just one part of a tragic trifecta)
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits climbed last week at the fastest pace in six months, a worrisome sign for the economy which has been hit by government austerity.As Zero Hedge points out, this is part of a
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped by 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the biggest jump since November and confounded analysts' expectations for a more modest increase.
Claims for the prior week were revised to show 5,000 more applications received than previously reported.
A Labor Department analyst said no states had estimated their data, and that there were no signs furloughs for government employees played a significant role in last week's increase in claims.
"Tragic Trifecta: Initial Claims Soar, Housing Starts Plunge, CPI Below Expectations"!
We didn't really need a confirmation that the economy was deteriorating and completely disconnected from the "market", but we got it nonetheless.
Jeffrey Lord On the Unspoken Topic: The Liberal Union Behind the IRS
There are things of which liberals must not speak of ... one being the powerful Treasury Employees Union headed by ex-IRS agent that Obama and the IG Report refuse to touch or even mention.
But Jeffrey Lord is not hesitant to speak of the union and of the truth that its members are both player and referee in the exploding controversy over the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
"My question is who is going to jail?"Continue reading on page 2 of 7.
-- House Speaker John Boehner on the IRS Scandal
The President couldn't even bring himself to breathe a word of the truth.
He could fire some hapless Acting Commissioner, but last night Mr. Obama never came close to discussing that which must never be discussed.
It"s about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment).
It's about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 -- candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party.
And the recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General? You will not find a single reference to the NTEU. Whose members are both player and referee in the exploding controversy over the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Which raises the obvious question: how many NTEU members were involved in the writing of the Inspector General's report?
Even more to the point, what contact -- what coordination -- has the Obama White House had with their allies in the NTEU leadership as both the White House and the NTEU race to get on top of a scandal that is rapidly engulfing both?
Did I mention that the NTEU has no comment on all of this? And that when President Obama went in front of cameras to make his statement on the IRS scanda -- he never once mentioned his very powerful union buddies that have the run of the IRS? Right down to the control of who gets a Blackberry? Literally.
Let's first see how the IRS/NTEU game with the Tea Party and conservatives is played, shall we?
In the 2012 election cycle, the IRS union gave its money this way:
For the U.S. Senate:
Total to Democrats: $156,750
Total to Republicans: $1,000
For the U.S. House:
Total to Democrats: $391,062
Total to Republicans: $23,000
And the candidates on the receiving end of those IRS employee dollars? Yes indeed. They were candidates who were running flat out against the Tea Party, depicting Tea Party-supported candidates as dangerous, extremists, and crazies. Exhibiting exactly the anti-Tea Party antipathy on the campaign trail that has been revealed to be permeating the IRS.
No wonder. These Senate and House races were fueled in part by money donated by IRS employees.
Le's take a look at specific races where the IRS employee money was involved.
As Lord goes on to point out, It's indeed a big scandal. The kind of scandal that will make Watergate look like a piker.
And the irony?
That in seeking to destroy the credibility of the Tea Party, the Obama administration and its allies have destroyed not just the credibility of the IRS and one very seriously powerful union.
They have destroyed their own credibility.
This March the IRS Inspector General reiterated that ObamaCareâ€™s 47 major changes to the revenue code â€œrepresent the largest set of tax law changes the IRS has had to implement in more than 20 years.â€ Thus the IRS is playing Thelma to the Health and Human Service Departmentâ€™s Louise. The tax agency has requested funding for 1,954 full-time equivalent employees for its Affordable Care Act office in 2014.
Got that? The real meaning here is that the NTEU is asking for 1,954 more union members whose union dues will be put to use to â€œhammer the Tea Partyâ€ in the words of Nancy Pelosi.
As James Taranto also noted over in the Wall Street Journal yesterday:
The Internal Revenue Service last year supplied a left-leaning nonprofit charity with confidential information about conservative organizations, which the charity disseminated to the public, ProPublica reported yesterday.Once again, IRS employees -- they of the anti-Tea Party union NTEU -- were caught leaking private information.
This scandal goes way bigger than Cincinnati, Calif., and D.C.