Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Third Scandal - That Isn't, Really

The GOP hasn't been able to get any traction out of the Benghazi Embassy attack, nor have they been able to score any points off the Obama Administration regarding the Justice Department's investigation into the AP and one Fox 'reporter' regarding whether they had possibly interfered with a terrorism case.

In the first, the government 'oversight' watchdogs haven't been able to do anything to achieve their actual goal; i.e., casting aspersions upon Hilary Clinton in order to damage her chances of running for President in 2016.  No word on whether she'll actually run, so think of it as insurance.  Alas, the 'insurance' isn't gaining any ground.

The second scandal?  Attorney General Eric Holder went to the airwaves and, as I expected, played the "It's NATIONAL SECURITY, BITCHES!" card.  A couple Republican Senators (the usual suspects - John McCain and Lindsey Graham) admitted that he was right to do it.

That left the Third Scandal.  The Third Scandal is like the so-called Third Wave - it's the most damaging.

Well, maybe not so much.

The third scandal was the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had - gasp! - investigated several Tea Party groups that had applied for 501(c)4 tax-exempt status, and had - even harsher gasp! - had forced them to Fill Out Forms asking for that status. 

This caused a great deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of the dribbling ignoramus otherwise known as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA, not RCA).  He and the other shitheads on the House Government Oversight Committee had a constant parade of Teabaggers in to squeal and moan and cry great steaming crocodile tears about this unwarranted intrusion into their lives and finances.


There's always a however, dear readers.  We'll take them one at a time.

1.  Since 2010, the IRS investigated and approved 176 organizations for tax exemptions.  122 of them were conservative groups.

2.  The only group denied tax-exempt status was a liberal group.

3.  What the hell are political Tea Party organizations doing asking the Big Bad Evil Gummint for a handout, anyway?

4.  What the hell are political organizations (of any orientation) applying for exemption as 'social justice' groups (the exemption covered under 501(c)4)?

So that 'scandal' is starting to founder, as more and more of the truth starts to seep out.

Rep. Issa and his gang may as well face facts.  They've lost the ability to do anything but obstruct, their attempts at outreach to those voting blocs who won't have anything to do with them are falling flat, and their attempts to find something, anything, impeachable are turning out to be total and utter bullshit.

Hang it up, guys.  Time to just throw up your hands, admit defeat, and step aside to let the people who want to govern run things.


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