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Obama Calls IRS Scandal “Phony”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 25, 2013

Yesterday Barack Obama delivered a 64 minute speech, supposedly discussing important issues concerning the economy.  However, it was short on substance and high on political rhetoric, typical of Obama oratory presentations.  In it he blamed Republicans for the continued problems of Washington and praised his own efforts.  He also specifically referred to the scandals plaguing his administration as phony saying:  “With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop.  Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.”

Obama’s talking points on the scandals reiterated those already propagated by White House press secretary, Jay Carney who said earlier in the day on MSNBC:  “The president will go back to Galesburg, Ill., today to deliver a speech about where we need to move the economy, what we should be focusing on here in Washington.  And it shouldn’t be on the skirmishes that cause gridlock, it shouldn’t be on the phony scandals that have consumed so much attention here, all to come to naught”.

Is curious to compare the White House’s current talking points on the “phony scandal” to what Obama said on May 15, 2013, shortly after the IRS scandal broke:

“I have now had the opportunity to review the Treasury Department watchdog’s report on its investigation of IRS personnel who improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.  And the report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable.  The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity.  This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.

I’ve directed [Treasury] Secretary [Jack] Lew to hold those responsible for these failures accountable, and to make sure that each of the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented quickly, so that such conduct never happens again.  But regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong.  Public service is a solemn privilege.  I expect everyone who serves in the federal government to hold themselves to the highest ethical and moral standards.  So do the American people. And as President, I intend to make sure our public servants live up to those standards every day.”

So what the President on May 15 called “intolerable and of excusable” he now has the gall to call a phony scandal.  Over two months ago promising “to hold those responsible for these failures accountable” who has been fired?  It is obvious that the mainstream media is not holding Obama accountable for his promises.  However, this is not surprising for a media that is in the tank for an inept administration.

Fortunately some in Congress are not willing to let the President off so easily.  Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican from Utah, recently blew a gasket at the Administration’s lack of transparency on that IRS scandal.  Last week at a congressional hearing, Chaffetz took off after fellow Congressman Elijah Cummings who was acting as a lapdog for the President saying that there is nothing behind the IRS scandal.  As seen in the video link below, Chaffetz correctly stated:

When you have the spokesman for the president of the United States make a definitive statement that it was two rogue agents, and start poking at these people who have no power to do anything about it, that is wrong.  How dare anybody suggest we’re at the end of this?  This is the beginning of this.  We have to make an example out of it, we need to get to the bottom of it and quite frankly I’m tired of this administration having to keep having these hearings.”

Chaffetz comments came shortly after testimony from one of the two supposed “rogue agents” who testified that her instructions came from much higher up.

The IRS scandal is no less phony than Watergate was.  There is a difference, however; in the early 1970s we had an independent press willing to do its job.


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