Just when you think it cannot get any worst (or better depending upon your perspective), another scandal makes headlines. It seems the Barack H. Obama Foundation (named for Barack H. Obama, Sr.), run by Malik (Roy) Obama, received a very prompt approval on an application to the IRS for tax-exempt status and Lois Lerner may have ignored the norms of approval by giving it a retroactive tax exempt status. Which is kind of curious seeing as the National Legal and Policy Center complained in May 2011 to the IRS that the foundation was soliciting tax deductible contributions and had not even applied for this IRS status.
What does this foundation do? Interesting question - the truthful answer may be that it provides an income for Malik Obama., brother of Barack Obama, other than that it is pretty vague. But you can see the website here http://barackhobamafoundation.org/about.html
If Lois Lerner’s name sounds familiar it probably is because she is a key player in another scandal at the IRS, the scandal of the IRS division responsible for approving applications for 501 c (3) status. It seems that this IRS division targeted groups with words like “tea party,” and “patriot” in their name, as well as groups which want smaller government or teach the Constitution, and don’t forget the way the IRS has been targeting Jewish groups who do not agree with the current foreign policy regarding Israel.
The IRS apologized to the Tea Party, but common’on who doesn’t apology when they get caught? So it seems that the Tea Party really was being targeted and is not just some whiney right wing group. Nor did this targeting start in 2012 as some are claiming, there is good evidence that this actually began at least as early as 2010 when True the Vote, a Houston based non-profit devoted to honest voting, first began to encounter problems. This is a clear abuse of power on the part of the IRS.
Everyone pretty much hates the IRS, even much of the left hates them, but the behavior of the IRS under the Obama Administration has obviously been abusive. And because of the Obama IRS abuse of power even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough used the word ‘lying’ in reference to the White House. Scarborough had Willie Geist on “Morning Joe” recently and Geist said, "There's been many overblown claims of tyranny and abuse of power from the government over the last few years . . .. This is tyranny. If this is the government, a nonpartisan agency coming after specific groups, this time it's real." Furthermore MSNBC’s Lisa Myers and the ACLU agree with the sentiment. And there have been others on the left who have from begun to criticize this administration.
Republican Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin have written to the White House in reference to the IRS’ attack on the First Amendment and asked Obama to appoint a special prosecutor. I cannot image why they did this other than to bring attention to the issue, because special prosecutors under United States law are appointed by the Attorney General.
But the Attorney General is Eric Holder, who has just been caught red-handed approving subpoenas for two months of phone records for the Associated Press. The Justice Department’s rules require that subpoenas of news organization records must be “personally approved,” by the Attorney General. So serious is this matter, so outraged, that the Reporters Committee of Freedom of the Press, have signed a letter to Eric Holder regarding the government’s over reach. The media outlets signing the letter included Atlantic Media, CNN, Cox Media, Forbes, Gannett, McClatchy, The New York Times, Politico, NPR, The Washington Post and many others. Folks, this is serious.
I have not yet discovered if Eric Holder actually approved those subpoenas or if the subpoenas were approved by one of his underlings, but this will come out in the next few days. IF Eric Holder did approve the subpoenas then the AP needs to go after him big time for his role in this scandal as well as the government led gun running activities (created in his Department of Justice) on the southern border, an operation called Fast and Furious which resulted in the deaths of both Americans and Mexicans. We have known for years that Eric Holder was not willing to uphold the law, ever since the New Black Panther case of voter intimidation came to light, so this is hardly a surprise. I’m sure I’m not alone in looking forward to Eric Holder being thrown under the bus, or better yet behind bars.
In addition, the scandal surrounding events on the night of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi are as clear as they are likely to be regarding what happened on the ground in Libya. Four Americans are murdered that night, including the American ambassador. What is not clear, and Americans want to know the truth, is not just what happened at the scene, but why it happened at all, and who was responsible for not sending in a rescue team. Americans especially want to know what Barack Obama was doing. During the following two weeks Obama kept referring to a video, yet, he knew in real time the night of September 11th that this had nothing to do with a video, and that there was no protest that got out of hand. He knew it was a terrorist attack. But he could not afford to admit that truth, he had an election to win, and Lady Hillary McClinton wants to run in 2016 so in their cowardly fashion they lied, and lied, and lied.
Last week Congress began an investigation into what happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi with testimony from a few whistleblowers who were actually there that night. Obama insist it is a “political circus.” You have to give him credit for trying, but this won’t fly. Four men died that night and it was almost certainly due to the actions, or lack of action, on the part of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This is not a circus, it is a Congressional investigation.
The “I” word is now being used more and more frequently in conjunction with Barack Obama. A quick Google search as I write this gave me just over 3 million hits for the words “impeachment” and “Obama.” Some of these hits are from the usual suspects, and some of them are from sites like the Huffington Post and other left wing mouthpieces. But the mere fact that impeachment is even being discussed so widely is a signal that the man who makes Jimmy Carter look good is in big trouble.
Impeachment is a two-step procedure which begins in the House with a simple majority passing a charge of impeachment. This should not be difficult as the GOP has control of the House. However the second step requires the Senate to try the accused. The Senate, consisting of 100 Senators, is controlled by the Democrat Party and it is up to the Senate to conduct a trial. It is too early to determine the position of the very astute (also sly, cunning, etc.) members of the Senate and how individual Senators will vote, for or against impeachment. The outcome of such a trial will become more predictable in the coming months.
However, it does look like an impeachment trial (if not a conviction) is highly probable, and it seems pretty certain that all of these scandals will be investigated. The political circus is just getting underway, and while it would be wise to focus on Iran (before they Nuke us), it is clear that we have several political scandals going at the same time. I’m going to stock up on popcorn (to be nuked, lower case, in the microwave) because there is going to be a lot of exciting political theater in the near future, and something tells me that Barack isn’t going to be too happy about this circus either.