America is getting frustrated with this administration’s fight to keep the truth behind its three current scandals under wraps. As frustrated as the public may be, Congress, who is in charge of finding out the truth is even more frustrated. Yesterday’s performance by White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who appeared on all five Sunday News programs, was at best ridiculous. It seemed as if he answered each and every question with “that’s irrelevant.”
Yesterday, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer defended President Obama’s statement that he knew nothing about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups until he learned about it through the media. “No president would get involved in an independent IRS investigation,” Pfeiffer said. “It would be wholly inappropriate.”
Thanks to sequestration, there is not enough money in the government coffers to keep “the people’s house” (aka the White House) open for tours. You’ll be pleased to know, however, that there’s plenty of money — $75,000 worth — for prison poetry.
According to CNSNews.com, a new website that features readings of poems written by current inmates was launched this week with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A new meme is subtly snaking its way into the administration’s feeble attempts to promote the notion that the deaths of four members of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Benghazi last Sept. 11 were unavoidable — that the president was intimately involved during the storming of the U.S. consulate and that the White House response after the fact was wholly appropriate and apolitical.
During today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearings on the ever-growing Internal Revenue Service scandal, it was revealed that the IRS demanded that an Iowa pro-life group surrender the content of its prayers.
Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock asked the still-serving Acting Commissioner Steven Miller specifically about the Iowa-based Campaign for Life of Iowa letter from the IRS 2009:
Those old enough to remember Watergate will recall that once major scandals within a presidential administration get rolling, they snowball. The press finds itself reporting new developments daily. That is, assuming the press is reporting anything at all.
It is no surprise that the government agency responsible for taxing the rich and funding the liberal management of our lives for the collective would be a bastion of the most partisan members of the Democratic Party, willing to wield the hammer that is government power for the various factions of the gangster-like mob it has become.
Current tax law, or what passes for “law,” requires tyranny in its enforcement. The Internal Revenue Service has always been uniquely above the law with its unique right to preemptive seizure of a target’s property and a reverse burden of proof that requires accused taxpayers to prove their innocence.
Several columns this morning probe the question of the president’s involvement in the burgeoning IRS scandal. Jonah Goldberg at Townhall delivers a typically compelling argument that the IRS was following Obama’s example (more on which below), but the article opens with a disclaimer: “Yes, it’s extremely unlikely he ordered the IRS to discriminate against tea party, pro-life or Jewish groups opposed to his agenda.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have been under increasing pressure as he defended the seizures of the records of more than 20 Associated Press (AP) phone lines assigned to 100 various journalists of the news service.
But as Barack Obama and members of his administration have been doing since 2008, it may be time to blame Bush.
Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heartburn.