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Flashback: Obama Wanted The Names Of Donors

From the White House near the height of the mid-term campaign in 2010:

Remarks by the President at a DNC Finance Event in Austin, Texas

August 09, 2010

Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, Texas

THE PRESIDENT: … Right now 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 all across the country. 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. You don’t know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank. You don’t know if it’s a insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.

A Supreme Court decision [Citizens United] allowed this to happen. And we tried to fix it, just by saying disclose what’s going on, and making sure that foreign companies can’t influence our elections. Seemed pretty straightforward. The other side said no.

This is the same blatant lie that Supreme Court Justice Alito shook his head about and said ‘no,’ during Obama’s State Of The Union address in January 2010. Citizens United does not allow foreigners to contribute to campaigns.

They don’t want you to know who the Americans for Prosperity are, because they’re thinking about the next election. But we’ve got to think about future generations. We’ve got to make sure that we’re fighting for reform. We’ve got to make sure that we don’t have a corporate takeover of our democracy…

This is nothing short of Obama’s ‘dog-whistle’ to his his supporters at the IRS. After all, Obama doesn’t need to give his bureaucrats a direct, written (and therefore traceable) order.

He merely has to express his displeasure with some group and his lackeys will know what they have to do. And we now know how much these ‘low level workers’ have done for his administration over the years. (Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the releasing of illegal alien criminals.)

But now we fast forward to yesterday, where Obama expressed outrage that the IRS would be seeking the names of donors to conservative groups. In fact, Obama even denied knowing that the IRS was even interested in such things until he read about it in the papers back on Friday. A claim even his spokes-flack, Jay Carney, undercut.

From The Hill:

Carney: White House lawyers knew of IRS investigation in April

By Justin Sink | May 13, 2013

Press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged Monday that the White House was informed in April that the Treasury Department’s Inspector General was investigating the IRS’s Cincinnati field office, which is accused of targeting conservative political groups for extra scrutiny.

"My understanding is that the White House Counsel’s Office was alerted in the week of April 22 of this year, only about the fact that the IG was finishing a review about matters involving the office in Cincinnati," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One…

President Obama said earlier in the day that he first heard about the allegations that the IRS had specifically targeted Tea Party groups last week. "I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday," Obama told reporters at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

While Carney insisted that nobody in the White House knew of the specific allegations of improper targeting, the news nevertheless drew fresh questions from Republican critics.

Why only Republican critics? Doesn’t the news media object to be lied to? (This is a rhetorical question.)

"Who else in the White House knew about the IRS scandal but didn’t tell the president?" tweeted Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)…

In his press conference Monday, the president pledged to hold accountable those responsible. "I can tell you that if you’ve got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions," Obama said.

So is he going to hold himself accountable? (This is another rhetorical question.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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