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February 3, 2014 - 6:54 am

In case you were wondering if President Obama remains outraged about the IRS abuse of his political opponents, well, he isn’t. The president who said no one was more outraged about the abuse than he was last year, before he fake-fired the acting IRS commissioner, told Fox’s Bill O’Reilly Sunday that there was no corruption involved at all.

“That’s not what happened,” he said. Rather, he said, IRS officials were confused about how to implement the law governing those kinds of tax-exempt groups.

“There were some bone-headed decisions,” Obama conceded.

But when asked whether corruption, or mass corruption, was at play, he responded: “Not even mass corruption — not even a smidgen of corruption.”

You always have to keep your eye on the ball with this president. The IRS leaked the existence of the abuse in a conference call last May, and apologized for it at the same time. The leak itself came just ahead of an inspector general’s report that was about to disclose the abuse. The agency blamed the abuse on “rogue” officials in its Cincinnati office, but officials later testified that they were acting on orders from IRS headquarters in Washington. It was eventually revealed that the IRS leaked information from conservative groups to their critics on the left.

Career IRS lawyer Carter Hull testified that the applications involved were reviewed by William Wilkins, an Obama appointee in the IRS counsel’s office.

Then IRS commissioner Doug Shulman’s wife tweeted political attacks on the same groups that the IRS was abusing.

Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the abuse, eventually invoked the Fifth Amendment rather than testify before Congress about her role in the abuse. She developed a history of using her government positions to target and abuse conservatives. She was allowed to retire from the IRS last year rather than be fired. It was Lerner who first revealed the abuse. It turned out that she had worked with the White House counsel’s office on a “careful plan” to manage the rollout of the scandal, to minimize its damage. Lerner blamed the “rogue” officers in Cincinnati, but she had emailed colleagues that the Tea Party scrutiny was “very dangerous” and sought to work some of the tax-exempt applications involved from Washington.

In January 2014, the Obama donor appointed to “investigate” the abuse declined to bring any charges against anyone, which leads to the question: Why did Lois Lerner take the Fifth? If there were no crimes committed, how could Lerner incriminate herself?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama and his crowd have figured out that nobody much cares that they lie outrageously and consistently and very often.
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No he's a very bad liar. He is however a sociopath and people feel intimidated and hesitant to face him openly and boldly with the lie, when it is spoken. It does no good to challenge it later. He feels he got away with it then so he does it again and again and again.
Obama's lies are so blatant and so obvious people are dumbfounded by the brashness of his lies and are taken off guard and intimidated.
A good liar would not get caught lying.
37 weeks ago
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Well, interesting theory, but Occam's Razor requires one to believe the simple, most easily understood reason. That is, Obama lies as a matter of course. He lies even when the truth would be a better course of action.
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The scandal is that the Tea Party groups all got tax exempt status, and in no way are they "charities" They are "political" -- they even get to present their own state of the union reply. They applied as 501(c)4 rather that the proper section 527 for political groups so they would not have to release the names of their donors.
36 weeks ago
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In other news, BHOzo is offering beachfront land in Arizona for sale.

Calling this POSOTUS a lying SOB would be an insult to dogs.
37 weeks ago
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O'Reilly folds at the end it sounds like- kind of like Mitt.
37 weeks ago
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Enough! Crying and moaning is weak and does not win elections or turn the tide. If you want a change - knock it off, suck it up and do something.

Vote to the right of true north on the compass and sort out your miscellaneous differences afterwards. What a bunch of cowards. Your parents who worked so hard for every hard-won victory - big or small - would be ashamed of you.
37 weeks ago
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Our culture has zero capability to connect dots that are separated by more than a couple of weeks. If the media harps on an issue endlessly (think Bush), the dots remain in a continuum. If, on the other hand, an issue pops up in spasms here & there (think Obama), it's a completely new concrete disconnected from all of the other concretes.
37 weeks ago
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I need to see Obama go up in front of Hugh Hewitt for an interview. Best interviewer in the business.
37 weeks ago
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How about calling her back before Congress and demanding that she answer the questions? If she insists on invoking her 5th Amendment privilege, ask her whether Dear Leader was wrong.
37 weeks ago
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The koolaid drinking liberals have been howling this, and waiting for their dear leader to make this claim, so they can say "Obama said it, there it's true"...
37 weeks ago
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When a good author crafts a play or a book, at least a good number of such, not all, they produce character and plotting backgrounds that are considerably deeper than what is put into the finished work. So to with a good interviewer. When you ask a question of a lying cur like this man Obama a good interviewer will have a depth of facts and narrative to follow up with.

O'Reilly has a legion of excusers, but count me not among them.
37 weeks ago
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'I did not have sex with that woman', thus changing the def. of 'having sex' forever.

we sometimes wonder, how do sane people ever become life long lying democrats? example follows:

father: daughter, are you having sex with that boy?
daughter: (according to the president) no dad, I did not have sex w/ that boy.
father: that's my good girl.
daughter: my boyfriend says that not having sex will keep me from getting pregnant daddy.
father: that's right. I know you'll do what's right and promise me you will keep on not having sex.
daughter: yes, daddy, I promise.

boyfriend is so thankful he becomes a life-long lying democrat.

"all men are born truthful, and die liars". - vauvenarques



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