Monday, May 13, 2013
Conservative Republicans Have to be Salivating
Fox News Sunday talk show host Chris Wallace was extremely happy that the mainstream media is finally engaging in the Benghazi story, and he was quick to say that they were on this story from day one. Hello, Chris your network was also the first to report the three New Black Panther party intimidating voters, the so-called scandals of ACORN, Fast and Furious, and Solyndra, to name a few. Yes, the media is now covering Benghazi but they have not uncovered anything new or anything that even resembles a smoking gun. Former Republican Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said it’s comical to think that the military could have responded to the events in Benghazi. He also said he would not have authorized such a move.
I now have enough information to come to my own conclusion. The so-called consultant in Benghazi was not fortified, and it was really a CIA outpost. When it was attacked the CIA and State, Dept. went into full CYA mode;thus the 12 revisions of the talking points. The inter agency fighting between the CIA, Defense and State Dept. is not new. The CIA by definition is highly secretive, and they are given a license to lie in order to give the leaders of our country plausible deniability. In hindsight, the president should have put out ALL the talking points and said, “ let the investigative committees sort it out.” Of course that would not have stopped the cover-up and impeachment talk. We’ve had nine Benghazi investigations and hardly any on the 2008 financial crisis but those on the right now want a select committee to investigate. We shouldn’t have ambassadors in Libya or Syria because we only have 1200 Marines to guard our embassies around the world. There are still those that want to stop foreign aid, leaving us with no tools whatsoever to make any headway in these countries.
Joe Scarborough must've been on his third cup of coffee this morning when he started screaming to say, " Jay Carney’s press conference was the worst one he's ever seen.”I guess Joe forgets the obvious lies that poor Scott McCellan made in saying that Karl Rowe was not involved in the Scooter Libby scandal. Then Joe said that President Obama should have already condemned the IRS for targeting conservatives; namely the 298 Tea Party groups. President Obama doesn't have the luxury of flying off the handle like Joe Scarborough does.Joe Scarborough is still making excuses of why he believed Iraq had WMD. President Obama will probably address the situation this afternoon when he meets with U.K Prime Minister Cameron.
The IRS should never have targeted any special group and those involved or knew about it should be punished to the fullest extent. That's not to say that 501 (c)(4) groups shouldn’t be scrutinized because they're tax exempt organizations that have been flying under the radar for quite some time. The Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for these groups but left and right wing groups should be investigated equally. I've always thought that religious groups have gone to the water's edge involving themselves in partisan politics.Remember when the evangelicals met in Texas to decide who their candidate was going to be in the Republican presidential primary?
Like Benghazi, conservatives will probably overreach when there is a legitimate scandal that should be taken care of in a bipartisan way. It surprised me when Joe Scarborough sang the praises of the ACLU for getting out in front of this. Joe Scarborough and Newt Gingrich immediately poisoned the water with their conspiracy theories. Joe Scarborough said that Cincinnati was right in the middle of a swing state, so somehow the administration has something to do with it. The IRS uses regional offices for different tasks. For example, Charlotte North Carolina accepts returns that have a payment due from individuals, and Atlanta Georgia will accept payments from businesses. The Cincinnati regional office was given the task to accept or reject 501(c)(4) applications. Newt said it was about Obamacare needing tax revenue. If the Cincinnati office was working on applications, and the IRS needed revenue; how would rejecting an application generate a fee?
The Cincinnati office used key words like “Tea Party.” Patriot”,"9/12” “Government Debt'” to choose applications for further study. Does it legitimize the cry of tyranny like MSNBC’s Willy Geist suggested? I don't think so; I think it's some sloppy agent's way of simplifying their application process. Some on right are ready comparing Obama’s White House to that of President Nixon, who actually tried the use the IRS to go after their political enemies.
A lot of people already hate or mistrust government, so they are not surprised when a government agency steps out of line. Just this week alone, we learned of the many sexual abuse cases in the military, veterans waiting forever to get their applications processed and now the most hated agency (IRS) violated the constitution by targeting American citizens.
Senator Rubio is already calling for the IRS Commissioner to step down but not so fast, he is the acting commissioner because the Senate has not appointed the Obama nominee for IRS Commissioner.