The President of the United States has always been known for keeping his cool under unbearable amounts of pressure. His uncanny abilities to stay calm and diffuse tense situations are now being tested more than ever, as Barack Obama is currently being blamed for three huge mistakes from Washington – none of which he probably had anything to do with.
The first scandal involves failed attempts by the White House to cover up information regarding the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya in September of 2012. The second scandal accuses the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S) of specifically targeting right-wing non-profit groups for tax fraud, and the third scandal arose when it was revealed that the Justice Department had obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters that had evidence of a terrorist plot originating in Yemen.
Only the first scandal alleges any real mistakes on the part of the Obama administration. The two mistakes were that the State Department lied to the nation about who was responsible for the attack on the embassy and what could have been done to stop it. While we were told the attack was triggered by an anti-Muslim movie, it was actually orchestrated by a terrorist group with ties to Al-Qaeda. We were also told that nothing could have been done to prevent the tragedy, yet it has since been discovered that well before the attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did, in fact, receive word that our embassy’s security needed significant maintenance.
The White House is being accused of creating a fake story to make it seem like the administration’s ignorance isn’t partially to blame for the death of four Americans.
The issue with the I.R.S. started in late 2010, when a group of low-level employees got word that a good deal of non-profit organizations seeking exemption from taxes had done so by lying about their purpose on their applications for exemption. See, in 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that non-profit organizations created for “social welfare,” and not politics, could raise and spend as much money as they desire on political campaigns without being taxed. Social welfare non-profit organizations don’t even have to disclose where they get their money. Unfortunately, the I.R.S’s definition as to what differentiates a social welfare group from a political one is very vague.
The I.R.S. receives floods of applications from organizations seeking tax exemption, so they figured at least some of them must be lying about their primary focus. Out of all of the groups these low-level workers personally suspected of not being truthful on their applications, they believed that those serving right-wing causes were cheating to the most extreme level.
Many conservative groups that claim to be non-profit are suspected of being funded by super-rich tycoons looking to use these groups to shift the views of the public to support the politicians that would help their businesses. They are also suspected of using their money to fund the campaigns of Republican politicians and to bribe senators and representatives to vote in their favor.
So, several organizations with the phrases “Tea Party,” or “Patriots,” in their self-summaries were basically interrogated as to where they got their money from, what their actual general purpose was, etc. This would be okay if the I.R.S. did this to every single group that claimed to be of the “social welfare” category, but they didn’t. The first and only groups to receive this treatment were conservative organizations with the aforementioned phrases in their descriptions.
Since the I.R.S is a department of the United States Government, Barack Obama is being accused of targeting and harassing right wing non-profit organizations as an attempt to rob the Republican Party of a great deal of money and power.
The last scandal is a lot less complex and more understandable on behalf of Washington. Just a few days ago, the Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had obtained phone records for over 20 different AP phone lines because one AP reporter had disclosed a story involving a Yemeni terrorist plot that the CIA didn’t have full understanding of, just yet. In other words, the CIA had not yet decided that they wanted the public to know about both the case and the way the government was handling it.
The Obama administration had told the AP not to run the story until a specific date, which was supposed to be enough time for the CIA to edit it to their liking. The AP allowed the requested time to elapse, but didn’t wait for an official permit from the White House before running the story.
The Justice Department did not inform the AP that they were going through the personal phone calls of over 100 of its reporters. Therefore, the fact that the Justice Department interfered with the business of the press, without its consent, is technically unconstitutional. The Obama administration is being accused of ignoring the freedom of the media and censoring their rights to report the news. The administration has since declared that it had nothing to do with the seizing of the phone records, and this was solely an effort of the Justice Department.
The United States Government is in deep shit, and Barack Obama is buried up to his chin in it because his colleagues still seem to be unknowingly making choices that piss off the American people more and more, every time.
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