The radical right, in full scandal mode, is now talking presidential impeachment over the IRS targeting teabagger groups that claimed tax-exempt status (in addition to Benghazi, and whatever the next news item will be). Their implication is that the President directed the IRS to monitor those groups. As usual, there are so many things they don’t understand about the situation:
- The only connection President Obama has to the IRS is that they’re both part of the federal government. There is no evidence, whatsoever, to back the claim that this was directed by the White House. To say that this president is responsible for virtually every federal government head and their actions is utter nonsense.
- The head of the IRS division that overseas tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, is a Bush appointee, not a Democrat and not someone with a relationship with the President.
- All tax-exempt groups should be monitored, because too many groups are being given tax-exempt status. At a time when the radical right is simultaneously whining about the debt and deficits and fighting all attempts to raise revenues, it makes no sense to give political groups tax-exempt status. Religious groups, yes. Charities, yes. Political groups and superPacs provide no benefit to the greater good, like religious groups and charities. We can’t keep giving tax-exempt status to everyone who forms a group.
With all the obstructionism, hateful rhetoric, and now talk of impeachment, Teapublicans are opening up a can of worms that will come back to haunt them. Democrats are watching and learning from every nasty thing these right-wing baggers do; what works and what doesn’t. When the President was elected, Dems (and much of the world) wanted Obama to take legal action against Bush and Cheney for the lies they told, their fabricated intelligence, and the rush to their illegal war in Iraq that lead to the deaths of thousands, but Obama showed them mercy and let them off the hook. Do baggers really think we’re going to forget the way they’ve treated Obama? Are they really that stupid? Sooner or later, the radical right will perfect voter suppression and election fraud and put a Republican back in the White House. With the changing demographics, they may only have one more shot. Then it will be our turn to push for non-stop impeachment. Based on the actions of the last Republican President and the current group of Teapublicans, we’ll have more than enough evidence to get it done. So keep it up, baggers. Payback’s a bitch.