By Jack Cashill
September 13, 2014 | 1:55pm
If past presidents are remembered for their signature achievements, Obama will be remembered for his signature lie: “If you like your health care plan, blah, blah, blah.” The reader knows the rest. Although the most consequential of Obama’s lies — it got him re-elected — it’s far from his only prevarication.
I’ve counted 75 significant lies since his campaign for president began, but that doesn’t begin to tally the casual fibs and hyperbole he spouts seemingly every day. Here are five that illustrate just how much Obama’s presidency is built on falsehoods.
5. “My father left my family when I was 2 years old.”
Obama made this claim in September 2009, when addressing the nation’s schoolkids. By then, the blogosphere knew that baby Obama had never spent a night under the same roof as his father, let alone two years.
For years, Obama and his advisers invested enormous political capital in what biographer David Remnick called Obama’s “signature appeal: the use of the details of his own life as a reflection of a kind of multicultural ideal.”
Remnick called Obama’s autobiography “a mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention and artful shaping.” In other words, the truth is never good enough.
4. “The Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”
Obama spun this fiction at a September 2012 Univision forum knowing it was false. In fact, the bizarre, deadly idea to let American guns “walk” into Mexico, where they were used by drug cartels to kill dozens, began in October 2009.
Three months earlier, White House press secretary Jay Carney had made the same bogus claim virtually word for word at a press conference and got shot down on national TV. “It began in fall 2009,” corrected White House correspondent Jake Tapper, then with ABC.
Carney refused to acknowledge he lied, and the president continued to lie weeks later. It’s all part of Obama’s ducking of responsibility — it’s always someone else’s fault.
3. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.”
Obama said this in response to Bill O’Reilly’s question about the IRS scandal: “You’re saying no corruption?”
If there were not even a “smidgen of corruption,” as Obama insisted, it is hard to understand what outraged him, or at least seemed to, when news of the IRS scandal first broke. “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said in May 2013. Obama routinely expressed anger when some new scandal erupted on his watch — IRS, the failed ObamaCare website, the VA scandal, Fast and Furious — but never before had he shoved a scandal down the memory hole so quickly.
And how could Obama know there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption before the investigation was even over? Perhaps because the administration knew that any proof of that was gone with deleted emails and destroyed hard drives?
2. “We revealed to the American people exactly what we understood at the time.”
During that same Super Bowl Sunday interview, Obama made this claim in response to O’Reilly’s inquiry about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. Obama continued to dissemble: “The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when a week later we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place and the day after I said it was an act of terror, that wouldn’t be a very good coverup.”
In fact, it was exactly a week after the attack, on Sept. 18, that Obama took his first questions about Benghazi. Bizarrely, he did so to David Letterman. “Here’s what happened,” Obama said.
“You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam.”
We know now that the administration knew this wasn’t true. Not a week later; not even the very night of the attacks.
On many levels, this was Obama’s most telling lie. He only deals with the world as he sees it, not as it is.
1. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Obama told this whopper to his assembled staff on his first day in office. He promised it to the press. Instead, his administration refuses to hand over documents and Obama refuses to answer questions. As liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley assessed the presidency, “Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”
What do these lies, just a sample of many, tell us? Obama never stopped “artfully shaping” his life.
The scary thing is he might actually believe these lies. He believes that posting a shot from his personal photographer online is “transparent.” That targeting conservative groups for audits isn’t corrupt. That everything that has gone wrong with his presidency is Bush’s fault.
Knowing that, how can we believe anything that he says?
By Joseph R. Carducci
September 11, 2014
The more you listen to liberals talk, the crazier the seem. Hence, today I bring you an example where the current IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, has indirectly admitted the agency has been put in a position where following the law, at least as far as ObamaCare consequences, is becoming increasingly more difficult.
IRS Commish Testifies on Capitol Hill
The Commissioner was on Capitol Hill for a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Interestingly enough, the topic of this specific hearing was the disastrous and expensive ObamaCare rollout. He was asked a question about the number of ineligible people who have been receiving ObamaCare subsidies (and who will likely be forced to pay them back to the IRS). Koskinen said that his agency follows the law “wherever it can.”
Gee, that is good to know and very comforting. Of course, this response drew some laughs from those Congressmen attending the hearing. After all, they aren’t bound to keep the law themselves. But just because the IRS only ‘tries’ to follow the law, ‘wherever they can,’ don’t get too excited. This excuse is not likely to work when you or I complete our tax returns or have to go through an audit. Listen to the comment yourself:
This is not really anything new. It was even reported in the New York Times back in June. They called attention to the fact that hundreds of thousands of people were receiving subsidies improperly (not to mention a huge number of forthcoming cancellations). To make matters even worse, this is largely the fault of the poorly performing ObamaCare website. Yes, the same site that still doesn’t have its back-end functionality built.
Once the system is fixed, everyone who incorrectly received such subsidies will be required to pay them back. This is going to be where the IRS comes in, since they will likely be the ones to collect, in the form of taxes owed. According to the New York Times:
“Of the eight million people who signed up for private health plans through insurance exchanges under the new healthcare law, two million reported personal information that differed from data in government records, according to federal officials and Serco, the company hired to resolve such inconsistencies.
The government is asking consumers for additional documents to verify their income, citizenship, immigration status and Social Security numbers, as well as any health coverage that they may have from employers. People who do not provide the information risk losing their subsidized coverage and may have to repay subsidies next April.”
IRS Coming to Collect
That is hardly the type of situation our dear community organizer in chief promised us. But I suppose we should all be glad to hear the IRS follows the law on these subsidies as best they can. The IRS will come looking for their money, that you can believe. After all, this is the same agency that has been working together with the DOJ to cover their own arse on the targeting scandal.
What do YOU think? Happy to learn the IRS tries their best to follow the law? Even happier to know this excuse will get YOU nowhere in an audit or any type of IRS procedure?
September 9, 2014 By Matthew Burke
Breitbart News, one of the most successful new media news outlets in America, is being targeted for audit by the Obama IRS, the same bureaucracy under fire for politically targeting political opponents of Democrat President Barack Obama.
Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, told FOX News in a written statement, “The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” he promised.
Breitbart News was founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, who mysteriously passed away in 2012 while walking near his home in Brentwood, California, after he publicly announced that an upcoming story soon to be published would have consequences to the Obama administration.
The passionate and brash Andrew Breitbart, a former liberal progressive who wrote “Righteous Indignation: Excuse me While I Save the World!” in 2011, was driven to start his new media empire to take on what he often referred to as the “Democrat Media Complex,” and was pivitol in bringing down Obama-favored communist front group ACORN, former Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner for his “sexting” scandal, and exposing the Pigford scheme.
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In 2012, the Obama IRS both admitted targeting the pro-freedom, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement, and apologized for it, according to an AP Report dated, May 10, 2013.
Andrew Breitbart was an active participant in the anti-establishment Tea Party movement, and a regular speaker at rallies held across the nation.
FOX News reported that the Obama IRS is apparently now selectively tight-lipped about the audit, even though the now politically weaponized agency had no problem illegally releasing confidential donor lists from conservative groups to Obama political supporters, an action they admitted and were fined for:
The agency said in a statement: “Federal privacy laws prohibit the IRS from commenting on specific taxpayer situations. The IRS stresses that audits are based on the information related to tax returns and the underlying tax law — nothing else. Audits are handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and the IRS has safeguards in place to protect the exam process.”
A copy of the IRS notice to Breitbart News, obtained by FoxNews.com, asked about the company’s financial information for calendar year 2012.
The IRS asked for a litany of documents, including logs of its receipts and expenses, but also its partnership agreement and a “written narrative” of the business.
Breitbart News president and CEO Larry Solov said about the audit by the Obama IRS, “We stand ready to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service on its audit of our company, but this will not deter us in the least from continuing our aggressive coverage of this president or his administration.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.
The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings.
On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.
The agency blamed computer crashes for the lost emails. In a statement, the IRS said it found no evidence that anyone deliberately destroyed evidence.
More proof of criminal wrongdoing by IRS
by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 26, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service destroyed former director Lois Lerner’s Blackberry, which contained the same e-mails as her hard drive the agency wiped, even though a Congressional inquiry into the IRS’s harassment of Tea Party groups was well underway.
The IRS never made any attempt to back up Lerner’s Blackberry before destroying it, and the agency even admitted the Blackberry “was removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012,” months after Congress began investigating allegations that the tax agency was purposely harassing conservative and libertarian groups applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
“There is no record of any attempt by any IRS IT employee to recover data from any Blackberry device assigned to Lois Lerner in response to the Congressional investigations or this investigation,” Stephen Manning, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Strategy & Modernization, said according to the New York Observer.
The Blackberry was linked to Lerner’s official IRS e-mail account and thus contained the same e-mails Congress was seeking from her hard drive, which was likewise destroyed by the IRS a year prior to the destruction of the Blackberry.
Congress wanted the e-mails Lerner sent and received while she was still serving as the IRS’s Director of Exempt Organizations division, which reviewed the applications of political groups applying for tax-exempt status from the IRS.
The IRS also claimed the hard drives of 20 other tax officials who were likely also complicit in the harassment of Tea Party groups “crashed” at nearly the same time and were completely unrecoverable, but the odds against this exceed the billions of known stars in the universe.
“With a failure rate of 3.5% per year, per computer, the odds of any specific drive failing during a specific week, are 1 in 1000,” a commenter with the username Flyovercountry said on Hotair.com. “For each computer added, the exponent increases by one. So, when the second specific computer needed went down at the precise moment it was needed, the odds of those two melting down in the manner described by [the IRS's] Congressional testimony became 1 in 1000 squared.”
“That’s how we get to where we are, with 19 [additional] computers, that’s 1000 raised to the nineteenth power,” he added.
And, numerically, 1000 to the 19th power is 1e+57, or 1 followed by 57 zeros, a number known as an “Octodecillion.”
“Let us further pretend that you’ve been counting since the proverbial Big Bang, some [13.8] billion years ago, [with] no breaks or vacations, no meals, and no sleeping, only counting has filled your time,” he continued. “You still, as of today would not have reached a number as large as 1e+57. In fact, you would need to replicate your effort to date another 317 quintillion times in order to reach your target.”
“Those are the odds that the IRS has claimed happened in a completely random manner.”