I don’t know about you, but the mantra being spouted by President Obama and his administration officials is wearing a little thin. The latest is what they are saying about the IRS targeting conservative groups for intense scrutiny before they were granted or denied their tax exempt status from the IRS. If we are to believe President Obama, he knew nothing of the actions taken by the IRS and is totally outraged. Just as he knew nothing of what took place in the Fast and Furious operation and what actually went down in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.
Everywhere we turn, we are greeted with the same smoke and mirrors. From President Obama, down through Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and anyone else who may have been involved in any of these scandals, no one seems to know a thing. Eric Holder, in his role as head of the Justice Department, has repeatedly claimed he knew nothing of Fast and Furious or the secret subpoena of the AP phone records by his own department. If that is the case, then he is either incompetent or the people he has hired are very good at keeping secrets from their boss. Well, there is one other possibility. He could be, probably is, lying through his teeth.
This same defense is used throughout the Obama administration, right from the very top of the food chain. When you stop and think about it, Obama used the “I know nothing” excuse before he was elected President. Remember how he claimed he knew nothing of the good Reverend Wright’s sermons filled with racism and hateful rhetoric? He knew nothing then and he evidently knows nothing now.
From the beginning of the Fast and Furious scandal, President Obama has claimed he knew nothing about it. Eric Holder backed him up when he testified before Congress, but when pressed by that esteemed body to produce certain documents, President Obama claimed executive privilege and kept the documents from prying eyes. Methinks more than a few lies are sprinkled in with all of this, which is why he didn’t want Congress, or the American people, to have access to the communication that took place between the White House and the Justice Department.
Let us now move to the IRS scandal. Again, President Obama is making the public claim that he is outraged at their actions and knew nothing of any internal probes. After all the lies he has told, we are supposed to believe him? I think not and there are more than a few reasons to do no such thing. He can make whatever claims he wants to make, but in the end, he is the one responsible for the actions of the IRS. By the very rhetoric he has used since taking office, and especially during the last election cycle, President Obama has enabled and encouraged the IRS to do his biding.
The Wall Street Journal – Was the White House involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservatives? No investigation needed to answer that one. Of course it was.
President Obama and Co. are in full deniability mode, noting that the IRS is an “independent” agency and that they knew nothing about its abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies.
But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.
Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.
This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.
The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. The president didn’t need a telephone; he had a megaphone.
You’ll have to forgive me for being so skeptical of our President and his administration. Trying to tell me they are not lying when they say they know nothing is akin to telling me I am not breathing. The evidence is plain to see for anyone without rose-colored glasses on when they look at what was supposed to be the most transparent presidency in the history of America. It makes me wonder what else is going on that President Obama knows nothing about.
Transparency, indeed. Sergeant Schultz played his role on Hogan’s Heroes better than this bunch of clowns.