IRS Scandal and How Badly the Truth Hurts

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Washington is in the middle of a game which no one can win.  They are embracing so called scandals.  Benghazi, the IRS, the AP phone tapping, are all hyped-up non-issues.  There are two actual scandals, the lack of military action regarding sexual attacks, and the PRISM program which is a violation of our Constitutional rights.  As far as the IRS ‘sandal’ is concerned, Sunday the truth came out and it hurts.

While Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Darrell Issa have made a concerted effort to blow up the IRS issue, desperately struggling to find a way to attach it directly to the White House, Sunday it became a huge disappointment for the two Republican legislators.

Issa cherry-picked information about Benghazi and the IRS, until it was discovered that many of the GOP e-mails were falsified.  And why does Issa refuse to release the entire transcripts of the IRS hearings?

The discovery that the IRS Cincinnati Field Office, that was said to have singled out TEA Party members for more intensive investigation regarding their tax-exempt status, is run by a ‘conservative Republican,’ makes the entire instance laughable.

Congressman Issa accused White House spokesman Jay Carney of being a “paid liar” about the IRS investigation.  But when asked to explain what Carney actually lied about, Issa fell silent.

Issa has claimed that the entire IRS incident was a coordinated effort by the Democratic Party.  Now that some of the actual transcripts have been released, here are some of the facts, as reported by CNN.

“Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” last Sunday that interviews with workers in the Cincinnati IRS office indicated the targeting of conservative groups was “a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters – and we’re getting to proving it.”

“My gut tells me that too many people knew this wrongdoing was going on before the election, and at least by some sort of convenient, benign neglect, allowed it to go on through the election,” Issa said. “I’m not making any allegations as to motive, that they set out to do it, but certainly people knew it was happening.”

But in the interview excerpts released by Cummings, the charge of political motivation is refuted by the Cincinnati manager, who described himself to investigators as a “conservative Republican.”

“I do not believe that the screening of these cases had anything to do other than consistency and identifying issues that needed to have further development,” the manager said, according to the document released by the Democratic staff of the Oversight Committee.

Issa was forced to respond, but had the ‘gall’ to say:  “The testimony excerpts Ranking Member Cummings revealed today did not provide anything enlightening or contradict other witness accounts.”

Innuendos, assumptions, exaggerations, and blatant lies are Mr. Issa’s tactics.  The problem for him, is that they’re not working.  The truth can hurt, or the truth can set you free.  In this case, the truth about the IRS ‘scandal’ badly hurts Issa’s reputation, and it won’t set him free, it may just bury his political aspirations.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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