In recent weeks we have watched a number of right-wing invented scandals drown in a sea of facts. Of course, the Republicans won’t give up…they’ll continue to throw tantrums and talk impeachment and invent new scandals, just like they do every time the Democrats have the presidency. (And they will no doubt behave like disappointed two-year olds into the foreseeable future, since it’s very unlikely that the GOP will be regaining the presidency anytime soon).
So apparently President Obama was targeting his political enemies by denying them the 501(c)(4) tax exemption that they rightfully deserve. These, of course, were Tea Party groups who absolutely, cross their hearts and hope to die, were NOT, first and foremost, political organizations and who were operating exclusively for social welfare and spending almost no time lobbying for the right wing.
Anyway, the IRS “scandal,” according to the Republican party, FOX news, and America’s sheep-class, was an elaborate scheme by Obama to silence the right.
But wait…the top congressman on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting the probe into the “scandal” told CNN (regarding the IRS employee who initiated the IRS actions):
He is a conservative Republican working for the IRS. I think this interview and these statements go a long way toward showing that the White House was not involved in this. Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.
John Shafer, the IRS manager, told the Oversight Committee that he and another employee set aside applications from groups with “Tea Party” and “patriot” in their names because granting them tax-exempt status could set a new precedent for the IRS. In other words, he was just doing the job he is paid to do, to make sure that groups are not wrongfully receiving an exempt status they do not deserve. (It should also be noted that, so far, no conservative groups have come forward to say they were denied the tax-exemption.)
Of course, Republicans will surely say that the manager is not a Republican. He is an undercover Democrat. Or his party affiliation proves nothing, he could still have been working in cahoots with the president. Except that investigators asked him if this was a scheme by the White House to target conservative groups, and he said:
I do not believe that the screening of these cases had anything to do with anything, other than consistency and identifying issues that needed to have further development. There is no reason to believe the white house was involved in any way.
One more right-wing, tinfoil hat scandal down, many more to go. Certainly we will hear Fox News relaying all of this information to their listening audience later. I’m sure they’ll want to set the record straight, right? Ha ha! No, Republican attack dog, Darrell Issa, is already saying this proves nothing. Of course it doesn’t. The Republicans in congress will continue to waste our money, refuse to govern, block any and all positive forward progress, and – hopefully – dig themselves a really deep hole with voters who will not forget in 2016.