USBC News Wire- Yet a another major scandal is rocking the already extraordinarily unpopular Obama administration, this time the controversy involves abuses by the IRS in targeting US citizens based on their political views.
It appears that agents used keywords to target groups in opposition to the governing Democratic administration. Remarkably, the agents found it acceptable to single out patriots for unprecedented behavior. The agents singled out their fellow citizens by using keywords such as “patriot” or “tea party” (itself a reference to the earliest American patriots) to identify groups that object to the policies of the current administration. Lois Lerner, senior Internal Revenue Service official, was unable to provide even a single example of similar targeting, harassment or intimidation of leftists organizations.
The timing of the revelation will be difficult for the Obama administration, which has become increasingly unpopular due to a focus on polarizing issues, ethical failings and an inability to implement changes to revitalize an economy which has failed to recover as his presidency wears on into a second term.
Lerner estimated that 75 conservative groups were targeted simply because of their political orientation. She said that the “IRS would like to apologize for that,” but has avoided actions to discipline those responsible for the this historical scandal by Federal agency against US citizens.
In may of 2009, Glenn Reynolds noted in a WSJ op-ed, that President Obama alluded to abusing the power of the IRS during a commencement speech to Arizona State University. His speech occurred after ASU had decided against granting him an honorary degree due to his lack of political experience at the time. During the President’s speech, he said that, “[ASU] President Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.” Many have begun questioning how involved Obama may have been with using IRS audits for political retribution based on his comments early in his administration and the scandalous actions of his subordinates.
John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Speaker, said that “the admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of government power in 20th century American history.”