RON HART: We don’t have Nixon to kick around, but we have Obama

Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

Maybe Obama didn’t know. He must have been too busy not knowing about Benghazi nine months ago to know anything about the IRS overreach and the Fox wire taps his administration was doing. Do you really think going into Fox news reporters' personal emails on dubious grounds for suspicion was anything other than political?

Maybe if Obama held more press briefings, the “press” could “brief” him on what’s happening. Obama chose to say he did not know anything about the IRS scandal in a rainy Rose Garden appearance (the roses needed fertilizing).

He awkwardly had a Marine hold an umbrella over him, Michael Jackson-style, as he spoke in front of a roofed White House. I guess the Marines can be assigned to protect Obama’s suit from rain but not our diplomats from terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

The IRS’s Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify to Congress. She needs to be careful; if she clings too hard to the Constitution, she might risk landing on Obama’s enemies list and have to audit herself.

So far, the only person to pay a price in the IRS scandal was the “acting head” of the IRS, Stephen Miller, who was going to retire anyway; he just did so a few weeks early. The reason Miller was called the “acting" head of the IRS was that it was crucial he continue to “act” like the Obama administration had nothing to do with the scandal.

If Bernie Madoff gets out of prison, he could resume his Ponzi scheme investment business, knowing this government would never investigate if he names it the "Carbon-Neutral Lean Forward-Progressive Green Investment Company."

The real answer to this IRS case study is that the complex tax system that hands such capricious power to the government should be abolished and a simple Fair Tax implemented.



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