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Seeing the real scandals in Washington

Posted: June 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2013 2:00 a.m.

In her column "Truth Floats despite tyranny on the Potomac" (The Signal, May 28), Susan Stamper Brown was right that allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government.

So, of course, the Right is yelling scandal and dreaming of impeaching President Obama, just like they did President Clinton.

But if you look at each story, only one is a scandal. The Right wants you to yell Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi, even if most of them have no idea where Benghazi is. The released emails between State and the CIA prove there was no coverup.

The one true scandal is the DOJ wiretapping reporters to find the source of a leak. Most right-wingers do not consider wiretapping some reporters to find a government leak wrong, but they will use it to increase the noise level that Ms. Brown hopes will bring down Obama.

The IRS "scandal" is not that Obama was trying to silence opposition, but that corporations are using "social welfare" nonprofit status to hide their political contributions.

The IRS unit’s job is to check on these applications to see that the organizations are not primarily political. The unit was to deny tax-exempt status to those groups that were primarily political.

While members of the unit were wrong to use key words, such as "tea party," to identify groups that might violate the statute, they were slammed with more than 3,000 applications after the Supreme Court’s "Citizens United" ruling.

Every one of the groups "targeted" was given tax-exempt status. Hardly a tyrannical government trying to suppress speech.

The big scandal is allowing these groups to remain tax exempt while they are hiding corporate political contributions.


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