published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Right's on warpath, but where's the scandal?

The blame game is in full swing, and politicians — especially conservative ones — are running with their hair on fire from microphone to microphone.

The memo is tried and true: If you tell the big lie enough times and to enough people, it becomes truth -- sort of.

So it seems with the Obama administration's "bad week."

First the Benghazi "cover-up" was stirred up again with release of an email suggesting the State Department and Obama administration made extensive edits on information released after the U.S. embassy was attacked there.

On Tuesday it became clear the extensive edits were those made by those leaking the email from Congress: The leakers edited the email to include information that wasn't in the original.

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday accused Republicans of editing the email to serve their political agendas.

As the president said the day before, "There's no 'there' there."

Then late Friday, the IRS was accused of profiling and targeting tea party applications for tax-exempt status as "social welfare" groups. Remember, the tea party doesn't want to pay taxes and mouths plenty of anti-government statements.

The IRS has apologized, and the president, who already had said, "I will not tolerate it," made good on his statement Wednesday by asking for and accepting the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner. The GOP's chief mudslinger, House Speaker John Boehner, just hours earlier, had said he wouldn't be satisfied with resignations or firings. "My question isn't about who's going to resign -- my question is who is going to jail over this scandal?"

Where was 12-term Rep. Boehner's indignation in 2004 when the IRS conducted a two-year audit of the NAACP threatening to dissolve that group's tax-exempt status after a Julian Bond speech? Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander was one of several Republicans who had requested the NAACP audit. Apparently Alexander and the others had no qualms with the GOP's political use of the agency.

The IRS letter to the NAACP read: "We have received information that during your 2004 convention in Philadelphia, your organization distributed statements in opposition of George W. Bush for the office of presidency."

By the way, three liberal groups were targeted, too. And the only group denied tax-exempt status was a liberal one.

Finally there was the news breaking Tuesday afternoon that the U.S. Justice Department told The Associated Press that officials had obtained, without notice, the phone records for more than 20 telephones lines of AP offices and journalists, including home phones and cellphones.

AP was not told the reason for the seizure, but has said the timing and targets suggest they are related to a continuing government investigation into the May 2012 leaks about the CIA's disruption of a Yemen-based terrorist plot to bomb an airliner.

Today, Republicans and conservatives are crying foul over this, too, as are journalists and liberals. The Justice Department claims American lives were put at risk by the leaks.

It's important to remember that when the leaks occurred, it was Republicans crying loudest for a complete investigation to find and stop the leaks from what they intimated was a loose-lipped Obama administration.

Now, in practical terms, two of three headline "scandals" about White House interference -- all termed by right-wingers as being "bigger" than Watergate -- have crumbled.

Still, the conservatives line up to claim Obama isn't taking "ownership."

What they really are doing is filibustering the American people and holding hostage any hope of negotiations on budget, sequester, immigration, safety -- any form of real governing.

Talk about ownership. These guys own disruption and divisiveness in this country.

Why? This tight, ultra-conservative knot of mostly old, mostly white guys is starring into a future of a new nation where a majority of citizens will be of color and already more women and blacks vote than whites and men.

Two in three eligible blacks, 66.2 percent, voted in the 2012 presidential election. And women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1996.

So the scandal-mongering would seem a shotgun approach to diversionary tactics.

If the obstructionists keep the focus off of their own inability to govern, maybe no one will notice and the other side will get blamed.

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AndrewLohr said...

Well, your phones are probably safe from the Justice Department, since this paper's excellencies do not extend to national security scoops, but our President is trying to force healthy young people to pay sicker and older people to be sick, so there seems scope for a GOP youth movement.

May 16, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

but our President is trying to force healthy young people to pay sicker and older people to be sick

That's just bizarre.

May 16, 2013 at 3:40 a.m.
klifnotes said...

Many tea party groups deserved closer scrutiny and not only from the IRS. As many formed into nothing more than modern day hate groups with a classy sounding name. And they went after anyone and everyone with a vengeance who disagreed with them or didn't go along.

The true origins of the tea party might surprise many. According to a February 2013 article @ the Huffington Post, neither did they just suddenly explode on the scene in 2009, but had been in the makings for at least an entire decade prior.

A myth is that the tea party began in 2009 as a grassroots organization critical of the government.

According to a February 2013 article @ the Huffington Post, this is not true:

excerpt:

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

May 16, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Diskatopia said...

As the rightwing spin dies down it is seeming more and more that, other than perhaps the long delays (possibly caused by congressional budget cuts to the IRS), these actions by the IRS toward both conservative AND liberal groups, were just and correct. This is not a liberal or conservative issue-- both have fatcat donors trying to sneak political donations through as "charity", and the real victim in this case is the People of the UNited States, as represented by the IRS. Go to opensecrets org (nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics)and read their whole series about "Shadow Money" and see for yourself.

May 17, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.
chet123 said...

FOX NEWS SAID IT IS THE SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY......

TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIEND....DONT ALLOW YOURSELVES BE MADE OUT OF A FOOL.....DONT LET FOX CONTINUE TO DUMB YOU DOWN IN A WAY EVERYBODY LAUGHING AT YOU(DO THE NAME ROGER AILES MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU....HE WAS RICHARD NIXON MEDIA CONSULTANT...HE THE PRESIDENT OF FOX ...HE CREATED RUSH LIMBAUGH...HE IS THE PUPPETMASTER...THINK FOR YOURSELF REPUBLICANS

FOX MORNING NEWS IS CALLED FOX AND FRIEND......HA HA HA HA HA HA..WHAT FRIENDSHIP GOT TO DO WITH TELLING THE TRUTH HA HA HA..YOU TEA-PARTY(REPUBLICAN IN DISGUISE BECAUSE THEY TOO ASHAME OF WHO THEY ARE))AND YOU SWALLOW THE WHOLE LINE AND SINKER

LET ME THINK Hmmmmmmm????? FOX AND FRIENDS..SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT NAME....Hmmmmm????WHEN GIVING THE NEWS WHAT FRIEND GOT TO DO WITH IT...DOES THAT MEAN US AGAINST THEM???DOES IT MEAN ALL OTHER AMERICANS ARE ENEMIES??????? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!

FOX IS A REPUBLICAN(RICH AND GREEDY)PROPAGANDA MACHINE.........HA HA!!!...THEY PROTECT THEIR INTEREST BY DIVIDING THE MIDDLE-CLASS WITH LIES HA HA HA

May 18, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
chet123 said...

WHERE ARE THE RIGHT-WING NUTS.......Hmmmmm??? HIDING....THIS IS BECAUSE THEY ARE LOST WITHOUT TALKING POINTS.......THEY NEED THE PUPPET-MASTERS TO GIVE THEM AMMO TO GO ON THE OFFENSE....WHAT A SHAME!!!!

May 18, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
chet123 said...

STILL WAITING FOR TEA-PARTY(REPUBLICANS THAT ASHAME TO ADMIT IT)......TO EXPOSE THE SCANDAL!!!!!!

May 18, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
chet123 said...

STILL WAITING!!!!!!

May 18, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
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