I have noticed over the last few weeks more and more liberal trolls on this site, our Facebook page, and other conservative realms of the internet and media trying to argue that there is “no there, there” in regards to the IRS scandal. These leftists are working awfully hard at making it seem like the whole IRS kerfuffle is no scandal–just a political ploy devised by Republicans to smear the President. Even as the IRS scandal grows. So I say not so fast, my liberal troll friends.
Hundreds of conservatives have been persecuted by the IRS agency, dozens of conservative groups have had their applications for tax exempt status held up, and at least two elections have been tampered with because of the IRS malfeasance. There is certainly a scandal afoot.
They first defended the IRS by saying that the extra scrutiny was applied by a “couple of rogue” agents in the Cincinnati field office. However, that IRS explanation quickly fell apart as the investigation uncovered the involvement of over eighty agents in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. The idea that it was only a couple of lower level officers was also quickly dispelled when the involvement of mid-level management became obvious. Soon, it wasn’t just lower level officials and middle management… now it’s important national figures with direct access to the President who seem to have been calling the shots.
Some have suggested that there is no scandal because documents have revealed that some progressive terms were also on “Be on the lookout” (BOLO) lists that the agency was supposed to be using. However, an independent review by an Investigator General found that there is no evidence whatsoever that any progressive organization was ever scrutinized as harshly as the dozens of conservative groups. Progressive buzz words may appear in some documents, but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Only conservatives and conservative groups faced the “enhanced” interrogations at the hands of the IRS. Only the conservative applications for tax exemption were held up for months, and in some cases, years.
The Investigator General has also faced unprecedented scrutiny as Democrats look for ways to protect the President from blowback from the scandal. Calls of unfairness and political predispositions have marred the character of the IG who conducted investigation. Now he is fighting back; he has made a reappearance before Congress and he is speaking out to defend his report and his character.
Well, the IRS scandal continues to grow. Recent revelations in the investigation have uncovered that the extra focus on conservative groups goes all the way up the food chain to the IRS special counsel. Special counsel is only one of two political appointees to the IRS, appointed by (guess who?) President Barack Obama.
Thus far the national media has had disgraceful coverage on the IRS scandal; hopefully as it begins to become obvious that there was a definite political motivation behind the machinations at the IRS, the media will correct its failing and expand its coverage of the scandal. It’s up to us, the consumers, to make sure the media hears us and covers the scandal properly. That’s the only way we can make sure someone is punished and that justice is done.
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