That paragraph is from the articles of impeachment for Richard M. Nixon.
And now we find out that the IRS, under Obama’s administration, specifically targeted groups that ran counter to his presidency and his campaign for re-election.
How bad was it?
An IRS campaign to apply additional scrutiny to conservative groups went beyond targeting “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups to include those focused on government spending, the Constitution and several other broad areas.
The additional guidelines created by the agency were part of a timeline, obtained by Fox News, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which is looking into the controversial IRS practice. IRS officials apologized Friday for the scrutiny, but new information suggests senior leaders were apprised of the effort as early as 2011 despite public denials from the top.
Republican lawmakers have vowed to investigate and hold hearings, calling the revelations deeply troubling.
“The conclusion that the IRS came to is that they did have agents who were engaged in intimidation of political groups,” Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers told “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t care if you’re a conservative, a liberal, a Democrat or a Republican, this should send a chill up your spine. It needs to have a full investigation.”
A top Democrat — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus — also said Monday that his committee would launch a “full investigation” into the matter.
“These actions by the IRS are an outrageous abuse of power and a breach of the public’s trust. Targeting groups based on their political views is not only inappropriate but it is intolerable,” the Montana Democrat said in a statement. “Americans expect the IRS to do its job without passion or prejudice. We need to get to the bottom of what happened here. … The IRS will now be the ones put under additional scrutiny.”
What’s Obama’s response?
“[it’s] outrageous and there’s no place for it — and they have to be held fully accountable.”
Yeeeaaaaah, we shall see how far down this rabbit hole goes soon enough. I mean during the election there was a leak about Romney’s taxes wasn’t there? Obama and his pals wouldn’t of had any interest in that would they?
And as this scandal continues to grow, so does Benghazi.
But no worry, Obama says you CAN trust government, that tyranny under the guise of our government is a fantasy:
“Still, you’ll hear voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s the root of all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works; or that tyranny always lurks just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
But what we are finding out is that when a Republican is in office it’s a-ok to scream about conspiracies. Whether they be WMD, 9/11, wiretaps and so on. Hell, I recall some years back when the whole world seemed to fall apart over a desk jockey at the CIA getting outed.
But now we have the IRS doing the same thing under Obama as they did under Nixon. Now we have the administration outright lying to the American people over an attack that killed our ambassador and 3 other Americans.
And what do we get now from our media?
They barely covered Benghazi until Republican lawmakers forced it into the headlines with multiple hearings. They mocked the IRS story until a conservative talk-show host forced it into the headlines with a lawsuit.
Where are our Woodward and Bernsteins now that a Democrat is in office I wonder?