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Don’t sweep IRS scandal under rug

May 19, 2013

Rest assured that if liberal political organizations had been harassed last year by the Internal Revenue Service, heads would have rolled, on President Barack Obama's orders....

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May-19-13 11:39 AM

Bush's Fault. Every administration does it. Nothing to see here. Blah, blah, blah, blah. We deserve everything we keep voting for and everything we continue to tolerate.

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May-19-13 4:15 PM

notogop - I would have better confidence Bush would not have ordered something like this to be done but have all the confidence in the world this administration would surely order this action to be taken. President Obama demonizes anyone who disagrees with him much the same as his surrgates did in the past and continues to do. This administration is on a serious power struggle to intimidate, destroy and demonize anyone who disagrees or brings forth information contrary to the story the administration tells if it is true or not( and that is difficult to discern most of the time).

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May-19-13 4:27 PM

notogop - you mention Ogden Corp. Are you talking about the company that started out as a waste management company but thru acquisitions had to change it's business classification as a manufacturing conglomerate? Eventually they rolled into a company called Covanta which went bellyup around 2010 or 2011 but was bought by the Davidson Holding Company.

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May-20-13 1:53 AM

Finally, the IRS does something creative and beneficial for the Nation and all they get is criticized by the peevish right wing press.

Everyone knows those not-for-profit tax dodges by the TPers are total scams.

Steve Miller is my new Washington hero. We need more vigilant men-of-action like him.

At the very least, he should get The Nixon Public Service Award.

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May-20-13 9:48 AM

If you can believe that these tea party groups primary purpose was promoting "social welfare" then I have some ocean front property south of town for you.

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May-20-13 9:53 AM

And the partisan bickering continues... Wrong is wrong no matter who was targeted and no matter whose appointee was in charge and no matter which adminstration was asleep at the switch and was oblivious to what was going on.

If only our president could lead as well as he gives a speech...

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May-20-13 10:37 AM

svensota, I can see why you like this guy as he mirrors the same qualities our president exudes.

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May-20-13 1:44 PM

I believe Obama knew about and probably made sure his behind is covered. He is the worst President ever and we are going to find out the most crooked one.Impeachment proceeding will start once this all gets out.Don't think we will ever recover from his wrong doings and incompetence.

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May-20-13 1:45 PM

Thank you JReader for demonstrating this partisan bickering that you speak of.

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May-20-13 2:35 PM

Ah, Hippie, President Obama doesn't come close to "W" for all-time worst. Bush started two wars and one depression. Hard to beat that kind of monumental ineptness.

Even his Daddy was embarrassed for him.

That's quite an achievement.

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May-20-13 4:27 PM

Bickering ??? Who's bickering ? I'm just waiting for Obama to give another speech. I'm also waiting for him to change the way things are done in Washington like he promised all of us in 2008. Bengahzi, IRS-gate, and wire tapping news reporters sounds like things Bush would have done.

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May-20-13 6:31 PM

I just want ONE liberal to admit, to some degree, that Mr. O is doing the same things that they criticized and negatively promoted the Bush administration from doing. Basically, abusing the power to try and influence the situations to benefit their own interests. Again, as JR said-Benghazi, AP wire taps, other reporter taps, IRS influence...if the presidents get credit for everything positive during their administration then they need to get criticized for the negative aspects as well. But, the followers seem to be leaning on the old - "well Bush was doing it" argument.

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May-20-13 8:39 PM

Typical Chicago politics at home in DC.

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May-20-13 8:50 PM

Well, I'm not a liberal, but I don't see how a few ambassadors in Benghazi compares to the 60 killed around the world under his predecessor's reign. I'm not saying that President Bush was to blame for the things that happened during his presidency, but it is pathetic the way die hard Republicans like PR, avoice and JR scrutinize the current president in a way that they have not scrutinized any president for similar performance.

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May-20-13 10:20 PM

Benghazi--oooooooooooooo. A real big baddy for the Obama team. Gosh.

Baghdad--4,800 American servicemen killed and multiple thousands wounded for life and at least 200,000 dead Iraqi civilians (but, hey, do they count?). Whoopie, "Mission accomplished."

Benghazi/Baghdad--Pretty much even-Steven in GOPper World.

Yeah, right.

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May-21-13 9:44 AM

So in Sven's world two wrongs make a right. It figures he has to keep his math that simple.

If Bush screwed up this gives Obama the green light to do it too, right Sven ?

Why can't we hold both parties equally accountable ?

Doesn't anybody find it a little bothersome that senior members of the Obama adminstration knew about the Treasury report on the IRS and Obama himself had to find out when the report was released to the news media ?

It's not that bad things have or are going to happen - they do and will. It's how someone in authority responds to these events that defines both their character and leadership ability.

Explain why Obama's staff thought it was OK to leave him clueless when they themselves knew about this scathing report ?

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May-21-13 12:24 PM

surprise surprise surprise! The same people who want gay marriage are the same ones who think we should look the other way as Obama runs ruffshod over all Americans

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May-21-13 1:03 PM

JR: I was responding to Gopher State's whining, not yours. And, not about the IRS, but about Benghazi.

This is probably hard for you to understand, JR, but the Benghazi mess-up and the Baghdad-Bush Gulf War 2 are not equal.

I was pointing out the relative difference. I sincerely hope that wasn't too complicated of a concept for you to understand.

As to the IRS squabble, I say, it's about time they did something helpful for a change, and keep up the good work.

The only people all bunched up in their shorts about Benghazi and the IRS are the smirking heads on Faux News.

Just think, 3 1/2 more years...and then two Hillary administrations.

So, get used to it.

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May-21-13 2:16 PM

Relative difference Sven...???

Don't you mean significant difference ? That's like comparing the space shuttle with a toaster oven. They do both use electricity I guess.

Bush had the approval of congress to go to war in Iraq. Personnel in Libya requested and were denied additional security details. But who really needs security when the only thing that happened were a bunch of hooligans "protesting" a lousy American flick about the beloved prophet. Who would have ever thunk that these dudes bring RPG's to their movie protests ???

Yeah, relative difference...

Sven, would you be going all Faux News right now if the IRS would have been caught holding up the tax exempt status of an outfit like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or say Planned Parenthood ? Is it just because it was those Tea Party whackos that you are so nonchalant ?

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May-21-13 5:00 PM

I have to admit I am happy being a wacko and a doofus to see what is going on and to try correct. Better than having one's head in the sand allowing the sun to bleach their brains. svensota, as far as a Hilary administration, she will probably have to steal the election like the last one was to get elected based on her experience as SOS.

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May-21-13 7:57 PM

JR: I guess it was too complicated for you. Best you take a rest now. And, check the ol' blood pressure. You're about to pop.

Advice: You're referring to the Bush/Gore election, I presume ? Nice going. Continue on in your happy state of doofusness.

Snivel: Surprise, surprise, surprise. Another non-sequitor.

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May-22-13 9:28 AM

I just can't wait till the man he loves soooo much tramples a right or freedom he does covet and care about...maybe the rose colored glasses can finally come off?

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May-22-13 9:29 AM

Oh, and I'm sure the families of the dead care about the Benghazi cover up as well...but it was only a couple deaths, so they must not matter.

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May-22-13 12:12 PM

JR-the request for more security was a verbal request and came at the time that the GOP cut 330 million from the embassy budget-it was the dems who fought to have the money put back in-there were 5 security personell on hand, the attack started at 9:30 with a mob outside the embassy, more american troops were there by 1am from tripoli. Now JR tell me-why are these 4 americans so important? Under bush there were 11 embassy attacks and 57 american embassy workers killed-why are they so unimportant to you? And BTW-2 independent panels concluded that bush lied over 900 times leading up to and following the invasion of Iraq-he was indicted as a war criminal-so how accurate was the information given to the Dems who voted for this?

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May-22-13 2:09 PM

Yes, yes, Zorrom, that all may be true, but in GOPper/TP-world none of that kind of truth counts. It's more important to be indignant and accusatory and...well, just plain cranky.

Besides, the Bush screw-ups were "blessed" by Congress, so they really don't count as screw-ups.

Really, how could you not know the... difference?

But...let's move on to something of equal importance, like the declining quality of food in the Senate dining room. I'm sure that's President Obama's fault, too, and the Republican-led House should launch an inquiry ASAP.

Or, would you like to discuss the space shuttle versus toaster ovens?

I'm game.

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