Scandal Schmandal…What Difference Does It Make?

We have a plethora of scandals brewing in Washington D.C. right now and it seems like another one comes along with each passing day.

My theory is that most of these newer scandals are just window dressing to take the public’s mind off of the major scandals of Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

In every one of these Congressional hearings, the politicians up for questioning have played dumb. I don’t think they are that stupid. All they have to do is plead ignorance until Congress gets tired of asking questions and it will all go away.

The hearings on Benghazi seem to have been put on the back burner while Congress concentrates on the IRS scandal where they targeted Conservative and Tea Party groups asking for tax exempt status.The acting head of the IRS under questioning either can’t remember or doesn’t know what went on.

It would be a gross understatement to say that ex-IRS acting commissioner Steven Miller was an uncooperative and unhelpful witness at today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Everything about the IRS scandal can apparently be divided into two categories:

  1. Things Steven Miller does not know;
  2. Things Steven Miller can not remember

Despite this, some actual information got pried loose today:

The hearing’s one clear revelation came when Mr. Miller conceded that the I.R.S.’s apology for targeting was prompted by a question planted by the agency last Friday at an American Bar Association meeting. At that meeting, Lois Lerner, the head of the I.R.S.’s division overseeing tax-exempt organizations, was asked about an inquiry of the targeting issue, eliciting an apology that quickly leaked out of the closed-door session. The I.R.S. then scrambled to issue a formal release on the issue.
Mr. Miller divulged that the exchange was not an impromptu apology but a planned exchange between Ms. Lerner and Celia Roady, a tax attorney at the Washington law firm Morgan Lewis. That revelation only underscored the ham-handed way the scandal has burst into view.

Great: The only questions anybody at the IRS can answer are the questions asked in a “planned exchange” set-up.


And then there’s the AP phone tapping scandal. Attorney General Eric Holder is also pleading ignorance in that hearing and as usual, passed the buck down to any one of several subordinates. Holder is the boss and if he doesn’t know what his minions are doing, then he needs to be fired.

Perhaps what my lovely wife, Phoebe posted is right…at this point, what difference does it make;

When she, ( Hillary), said, on Benghazi, “What difference does it make?”  It really makes no difference, nothing will come of it, no one will be held accountable, no one will be punished, they never are.  Watergate was the only scandal that ever changed things, the only time when someone was held accountable.

Who got punished in the Fast and Furious scandal?  NO ONE!

Who got punished on the DOJ/Black Panthers voter intimidation scandal?  NO ONE!

Who got punished over the Corzine scandal?  NO ONE!

Boehner says, it’s not what happened it’s who’s going to jail for it, over the IRS scandal.   No one will go to jail and even if it’s shown that the big O himself ordered it, nothing will happen.  It’s all bullshit so why even talk about it.

Our good friend in the ether, Bob Belvedere quotes the esteemed Jeff Goldstein, proprietor of Protein Wisdom;

Look. There isn’t anyone with a speck of sense who truly believes this [IRS] scandal was confined to a sub-unit in Cincinnati, and to a pair of previously-punished rogue employees. But like the “spontaneous demonstration to a YouTube video” cover story that the Administration used to buy time on the Benghazi disaster, attempts are being made within the government — and once again, with the help of either a credulous or complicit media invested in Obama and progressivism — to pretend that what is an institutional failing is in fact the work of some shadowy characters acting alone. Sadly, the glory hounds in Congress — in both parties — enjoy using the IRS to harass those who cross them, so the institutional pressure to truly get to the bottom of the scandal isn’t there, particularly if a dozen or so operatives can be sacrificed on the altar of showy justice.

After which, things will return to “normal” — which history shows us is more of the same: a politicization of the IRS that is both institutional and specifically at times directed by Presidents and members of Congress. To that end, I worry about parts of Obama’s statement last evening, particularly where he noted that the rules need to be fixed — which immediately had me concerned that he’d use this scandal to try to figure ways to re-configure the political landscape after Citizens United. [BOB: As an unwise, dickheaded midget once said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste].

But that’s just me being paranoid and unhelpful and Visigothy.

Bob explains why he includes the GOP leadership in this mess of lies and political underhandedness;

The reason I included the feckless GOP Leadership [aka: the Quislings] under the label ‘The Leftist Pattern’ because they act like Leftists in almost all of their actions — in their concern for maintaining their level of power, in their desire to perpetuate The Leviathan. As Jeff remarks:

…It is the ruling class vs. the rest of us. And we’re going to see that play out here. Scapegoats, fallguys, and prosecutions, without any real attempt to change the culture that routinely over the decades has produced similar scandals. It’s who they are. It’s what they do. And it’s up to us, we, the people, to stop them. Because lord knows they won’t stop themselves.

And, sadly, it’s becoming clearer that the only way we are going to be able to stop them is via the methods employed by The Founding Fathers, IYKWIMAITYD.

And right now… right now… right now it’s time to… kick out the jams, Motherfucker!

These political hacks in Washington D.C., the people who supposedly are supposed to represent us the people, are mostly concerned with protecting their jobs and all the perks that go with it. The rule of law only pertains to the “little people” and they are above such petty rules and regulations.

There are so many people who have been thrown under the Obama bus, the damn thing is high centered and the wheels are just spinning, just like the feckless major media outlets are spinning stories to protect Teh One.

Although, maybe the thrill is really gone. Obama has a long habit of using his political power to go after his enemies;

Our Lawless President: Obama’s IRS Thuggery Certainly Was No Coincidence

Posted on | May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

Dan Collins calls attention to Obama’s dog-whistle tactics, as described by Kimberly Strassel in the Wall Street Journal:

The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. . . .
The president derided “tea baggers.” Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.” In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. “Nobody knows who’s paying for these ads,” he warned. “We don’t know where this money is coming from,” he intoned.
In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: “All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”

Ed Morrissey politely refers to “circumstantial evidence” that the IRS was in the tank for Obama’s re-election. Of course, they managed to keep a lid on the scandal until after the election:

The IRS commissioner “has known for at least a year that this was going on,” said [NBC’s Lisa] Myers . . . “[W]hat would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”

So maybe I’m wrong and something will come out of all these dog and pony shows.




2 thoughts on “Scandal Schmandal…What Difference Does It Make?

  1. Nice rundown, partner. The IRS certainly covered themselves in glory today.

    This man is such a blight on our country’s record, it nauseates me.
    Will anybody but us pay attention? No idea.

    I don’t wish to be resigned to “we’re screwed; give up” thinking, …but it IS pretty tempting, I’ll grant you.

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