When Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly posed the question to President Obama on this past Super bowl Sunday about the existence of corruption at the IRS and Obama replied, “There’s not even a smidgen of corruption,” the president has once again lied, the existence of corruption being very clear if not overwhelming. The ongoing congressional investigation into the IRS scandal has, among other things, established that conservative groups and organizations were indeed targeted by the IRS for unwarranted and unnecessary delays, investigation, and intrusion. Key IRS official Lois Lerner has repeatedly invoked the 5th Amendment when called before Congress to answer questions. Congress claims she has waived her constitutional privilege and has moved to hold her in contempt. She is entitled to her day in court, but why invoke the 5th if, as she said in her original appearance, she did nothing wrong.
Emails have now surfaced during the investigation showing that Lerner had a big part in the targeting, that she was even the driving force behind it. That this is clear evidence of IRS bias and, consequently, corruption, in the administration has now become undeniable and clearer with each passing day. It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that the so-called impartiality of the IRS has been compromised, does not exist in this administration, and that the agency has been and is being used to seek out and punish all those who oppose the president’s political philosophy.
The latest uncovered emails reveal that there were communications between Lois Lerner and the Department of Justice about going after conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. Thus the circle of taint seems to be widening and the issue of whether the targeting was politically motivated or not appears to be getting clearer.
To date there has been no accountability. When this is considered in conjunction with the issues confronting Attorney General Eric Holder (as previously covered on this blog) and the issues arising from Benghazi, there can be no doubt that there is a purposeful failure to act by this president. That this has happened and is happening is not just outrageous but clearly labels this President as unfit for office. It is more than a mere lack of the transparency he promised when campaigning but evidence he has actually been dishonest with the American people. I am reminded of the words of Chief Justice John Marshall when he wrote in the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison (1803), that, impeachment aside, the President’s principal responsibility, seems to be simply his accountability “to his country in his political character, and to his own conscience.” We can’t say whether Obama’s conscience bothers him (apparently not because he continues to lie), but his political character, what there is left of it, is in shambles.
This entire episode is no laughing matter but democratic reaction to congressional efforts to get at the truth borders on the ludicrous. Politics is politics but when evidence strongly suggests that a president is using his power and influence to cause a key government agency to target opposing political groups, something should be done. Importantly, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has sent a letter to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. We’ll see whether Obama’s long-time crony, Attorney General Eric Holder, responds positively to this letter or at all. But don’t hold your breath. In any event, recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner should be just a beginning because it is just the tip of the iceberg. In other words, the country has a right to know if any direction to the IRS came from the White House and if so who gave it. It is highly doubtful that Lerner acted on her own volition unless there was some, implicit if not explicit, support from the White House. In any event Lois Lerner’s involvement in this scandal is unmistakeable and at a bare minimum she should forfeit her pension, paid for by taxpayer dollars.
It’s high time to get some answers and some accountability from this administration. This is not a police state. Transparency although promised by Obama is completely lacking. The country is not run by the White House, although the White House may think so. A full revelation of this entire issue must be forthcoming.
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