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Nearly Half Believe Obama Ordered IRS Targeting

From CNN:

CNN Poll: Did White House order IRS targeting?

June 18, 2013

Washington (CNN) – A growing number of Americans believe that senior White House officials ordered the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative political groups, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates that a majority of the public says the controversy, which involves increased IRS scrutiny of tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, is very important to the nation.

Republicans argue that the Obama administration used the IRS to intimidate and harass political opponents. Democrats say poor management at the tax agency, rather than political bias, is to blame.

On the contrary, the management was extremely effective. Not a single conservative organization got an IRS exemption for at least 27 months, over two election cycles. The federal government is rarely this effective. 

Congressional sources on both sides say that interviews with IRS workers so far have found no evidence of political dealings by the White House.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, touting an independent IRS inspector general report, has said the scrutiny appears to have originated with "IRS officials in Cincinnati," where the agency’s tax exempt division is centered.

We already know this is untrue. But what do you expect from a ‘paid liar’?

Last month only 37% of the public thought that the IRS controversy led to the White House, with 55% saying that agency officials acted on their own without direct orders from Washington. Now the number who say the White House directed that IRS program has increased 10 points, to 47%, virtually the same as the 49% who believe the IRS agents acted on their own.

In fact, both of these groups are right. These workers were acting on their own. But they knew that Obama wanted them to do what they did. He certainly talked about it enough in his campaign speeches, when he railed about the ‘Citizens United’ decision, and the need to put an end to these organizations and expose their secret donors. Did he need to draw them a diagram?

For the record, there hasn’t been any evidence that Obama has been involved in the Gang Of Eight’s amnesty bill, either. And yet now we are being told by the New Yorker that he has been calling the shots. But no memos will be found in that case, either. No memos are needed.

"Younger Americans are much less likely than older Americans to believe in White House involvement, and there is, not surprisingly, a partisan divide as well," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

How sad. But this is what happens when you don’t teach history. When kids are taught that Nixon abused the IRS, when he didn’t. When, in reality, FDR, JFK and Bill Clinton did.

"But the Obama administration may be losing independents on this matter. In May, only 36% felt the White House ordered the IRS to target conservative groups; now that number has crossed the 50% threshold."

The precious ‘independents’!

Fifty-one percent of those questioned said the IRS controversy is a very important issue to the nation, compared to 55% who felt that way in May. In the past week and a half, the IRS story has been put a bit on the backburner, as the controversy over the federal government’s massive surveillance program has dominated the spotlight.

The IRS scandal has been put on the back burner by the news media. In fact, it is part and parcel of the NSA scandals. Without the IRS targeting of conservatives, there would not nearly as much concern about NSA monitoring Americans.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Nearly Half Believe Obama Ordered IRS Targeting”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    The other half are selling Obama phones for drugs.

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