Wall Street Journal: The IRS Scandal Started at the TOP

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.

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  • Obama brings Chicago style politics with all it’s thug tactics to DC and then is “shocked” by what’s been going on without his knowledge. If he didn’t know he should be impeached for being too stupid to hold that office. But I think this was leaked on his instructions to deflect attention from Benghazi. The IRS scandal is bad. But no one died because he was afraid to make a decision. And it wasn’t even a tough call. Defend the lives of Americans under fire. But with the election two months away and control of the liberal media doing nothing was the safest course of action for his interests. And what’s a few more bodies to a politician? I mean, “What difference does it make?”

    • KJ

      Brilliant. I’ve expressed the same thought numerous times about the WH lighting small fires, as I call them, in order to create diversions and change the focus of the media and citizenry. The IRS scandal however blew up on the WH in ways which were unexpected though. Benghazi is still the largest of Obama’s problems because of the stand down order which could only have come from him directly. This demonstrated ineptitude and a gross dereliction of duty by Obama to uphold his obligation as commander in chief. And the defense of Islam and its prophet as well as the YouTube video lie to cover up months of blatant ignorance and incompetence prior to the attack itself certainly sounds like something where Obama himself had a personal vested interest. Benghazi is a pivotal moment in Obama’s presidency as it causes him to lose face with our military and diplomatic corps. The press knows that the administration is willing to target them. And all Americans now know that they can have a bullseye painted on them for a drone strike or an audit by an Obama IRS goon, or denial of service with Obamacare as they may be profiled as political opponents.

      But this is still America. And I have faith that good and honest citizens will demand the impeachment of Obama and a thorough house cleaning of his political operatives who have acted unlawfully. God Bless America.

  • KJ

    The responsibility for the IRS targeting belongs to Obama for several reasons. But while nothing in the IRS scandal is likely to touch him directly, that should in no way impede the assignment of an independent counsel with subpoena powers who can begin building cases against individual agents, their managers, and others up the ladder who were engaged or complicit in illegal and or unethical conduct. Whether their actions came as direct or implied orders, their misconduct must be met with stiff penalties that go well beyond official reprimands or notes in folders. As stewards of the tax enforcement community, every IRS agent must conduct themselves professionally and ethically and be beyond reproach. I recommend termination and the stiffest prison and fines allowed by sentencing guidelines for those found guilty at trial. Our government must be honest and responsible going forward.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Let’s see, the woman who directly supervised the operation has been promoted. This is an example of Obama’s “outrage” about the IRS actions.