From what he said on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night, one of Barack Obama’s big goals for his remaining time in office appears to be rewriting the history of his scandal-ridden presidency.
Obama actually went so far as to claim that the IRS never intentionally targeted tea party groups, despite the well-known fact that the agency’s own inspector general has concluded that the IRS did bear down on tea party and other conservative organizations with excessive scrutiny that many termed “intimidation.”
One has to wonder what Obama must be thinking to believe he can tell such a blatant whopper in such cavalier fashion and not be called on it. A quick search of media coverage of the targeting scandal reveals the May, 2013 article in The Washington Post with the headline, “IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election.”
“The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names,” reported the Post, “confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.”
Before she clammed up and refused to testify to congressional investigators, the former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal Lois Lerner herself disclosed the “absolutely inappropriate” behavior. As the Post article notes:
It was not clear whether the IRS had anticipated the firestorm that it would ignite with its disclosure. Indeed, it appeared to have happened by chance when Lerner, appearing Friday at a conference held by the American Bar Association, responded to a question about the allegations by conservative groups.
In June, 2013, The Washington Examiner reported that the inspector general at the Treasury Department concluded that conservative groups had been selected for special scrutiny by the IRS far more than progressive organizations.
“Refuting Democratic suggestions that progressive groups were also swept up in the IRS probe of the tax status of Tea Party organizations,” the Examiner article states, “the Treasury Department’s inspector general has revealed that just six progressive groups were targeted compared to 292 conservative groups.”
Yet, President Obama, yucking it up with comedian Jon Stewart last night, brazenly deflected any responsibility for the IRS targeting scandal from his administration and actually blamed lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The Washington Times reports:
President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal was actually Congress‘ fault for passing “a crummy law” and that the real problem is the agency doesn’t have enough money.
Aiding in the president’s cynical attempt to recast the IRS scandal as something other than what it was is not only the tax agency itself but also Obama’s Justice Department, as an investigative piece on Politico recently revealed. The Politico article says the investigation into the scandal is fading into a distant memory because of a purposeful and often-practiced tactic called “death by delay.”
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