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> Hubris in the Obama administration

post May 15 2013, 10:10 AM
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The IRS targeting of "Right Wing" groups tax exempt status and
the Justice Departments tapping AP reporters are chilling examples
of an administration that has (apparently) become too comfortable,
arrogant and thuggish in its 2nd term.

Whether the White House is/was aware of these Nixonian tactics
is worthy of investigation. It's difficult to conceive that no one in
the Executive branch was privy to these illegal tactics.

While I understand the need to prevent leaks, especially when
national security is concerned, I have no doubts that it has been
used as a convenient excuse to fish. Two months worth of phone
records from twenty different lines of the Associated Press via use
of a secret subpoena reeks of hubris.

They are saying it was congressional pressure that led to "rogue"
IRS agents targeting right wing groups (Tea Party, Patriot, Conservative)
Ultimately, it is a failure of management to rein in the corrupt
practices of its agents.

It's time for investigation and heads to roll.

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post May 21 2013, 11:22 AM
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QUOTE(RGBII @ May 17 2013, 06:24 AM)
A second high ranking official at the IRS resigns.

"Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax-exempt and government entities division, will retire on June 3, according to an IRS statement. Grant joined the IRS in August 2005 and became the deputy commissioner of the tax exempt division in 2007. He became the second senior IRS official in as many days to offer his resignation.

Grant had only be elevated to the position of commissioner of the division last week -- two days before the agency confirmed the targeting of Tea Party groups and conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status."

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So do you still get a government pension if you resign vs. retire? I am not familiar and I am just curious why this guy is retiring on June 3 vs. and immediate resignation.

QUOTE(RGBII @ May 21 2013, 10:35 AM)
I stated earlier that the phone taps were completely
legal due to the Patriot Act. I loathe the Act and the
violations of the Constitution that it enables. They (the
DOJ) wanted to get the leaker by tapping the phones
(20 lines) of the reporter responsible for putting a Yemeni
agent in peril. They were fishing for his source.

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As for the Patriot Act, I have to stand by it, until someone can devise a better way of safeguarding our country from another 911. It doesn't guarantee it will not happen again, but nothing really does. Until we all learn to live in peace and unfortunately with all that goes on in this world we probably never will, until that last atomic bomb goes off or whatever that weapon of mass destruction is that destroys us all.

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