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Play it again, those secondterm blues


Published:   |   Updated: June 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

With other presidents prior to President Obama, their second terms were marred by scandals that took away from their legislative agendas.

That seems to be what is building up during the present administration as the focus of its plans has been mainly changed to damage control. The Benghazi situation still manages to have a life of its own, as questions have yet to be answered.

The next move is on to the IRS investigation, which may prove to be the most damaging of all the current peccadilloes. While the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee claims the investigation is over and allegedly an agent, who described himself as a conservative Republican, has taken blame for the targeting of conservative groups.

Sounds like that ranking member has been inhaling more than his share of oxygen. Another committee member produced some transcripts of depositions of agents in Cincinnati that gave the opposite story and claimed it was direction from higher-ups in Washington that directed the extra scrutiny.

All of these transcripts have not yet been made public and the committee owes it to the American people to release the documents. There is altogether too much parsing of words that skirt the truth as the administration is trying to put a lid on this investigation.

The Democrats contend that the IG's report found no evidence of political motivation. However, that report was an audit, which is no investigation. Many important players were not even questioned during the course of the audit.

There were no subpoenas or testimony under oath, which is what is happening now. This investigation by the House Committee must be allowed to run its course in order for the truth to be made known.

This is a very serious matter; that the IRS, one of if not the most  powerful agencies of the federal government is allowed to target individuals and organizations because their beliefs may run counter to the party in power.

This smacks of a totalitarian regime that controls the people with an iron fist and can inflict untold damage to them individually and to their businesses. Just the fact that when someone receives a notice from the IRS that an audit is going to be conducted it strikes fear to the heart as they must now scramble to hire a lawyer and maybe others to represent them.

I did not want to get into the latest brouhaha, that being the mining of our phone calls and emails by the National Security Agency. This one could be the scariest of all but we must first get all the facts before we rush to any judgment. Meanwhile the campaigner-in-chief is doing what he does best;relieving people of their money.

Forget that unemployment ticked up and the economy is still rather anemic in its so called recovery but the president is focused not on jobs but on raising money for the midterm election in 2014.

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